I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before (I could check, but why go down that rabbit hole?), I LOVE the idea of knitting socks, but can’t stand to knit socks. To be fair, I haven’t had much luck with sock knitting. I get weird, loose tension when using sock yarn (only for socks, shawls are okay….). BUT. I still LOVE the idea of knitting socks, so I just keep trying different things.
I decided to use 2 strands of sock yarn held together on this pair of socks.
I did basically the same thing for these socks, except, I decided to do stripes. Since I knit socks two at a time, I had 4 skeins of yarn going (what a MESS!).
This Spring, after I completed the Knitting on 2 Circulars class (mentioned in this post), Julie from Simply Notable offered a Video Sock Class, I decided to sign up for the class, because, HEY! I need some sock knitting help!
We were going to be knitting socks in worsted weight yarn. Top-down. ONE at a time. On 2 (size 4) circular needles. I’ve always knit socks (or anything that comes in pairs, sleeves, mitts, etc.) two at a time. Why? In a word……Second Sock Syndrome (okay…..three words… )!!! It was going to be alright, I could do this for the sake of learning!
Here’s what I learned…..
- Casting on over 2 needles makes a nice, stretchy edge!
- Reading the instructions helps…..that way you do the correct rib, instead of the k1 p1 rib I did.
- Even with worsted weight yarn and size 4 needles, my tension is still “sloppy”.
- I cannot do the Kirchner stitch without instructions.
- I still prefer two at a time.
- I also think I might prefer toe-up.
- After-thought heels are my favorite.
Here’s how I adapted for my second pair….
- Bought 2 new size 2.5 ChiaoGoo needles (just so you know, ChiaoGoo are my new favorite!)
- Cast-on for toe-up
- Did the correct k2 p2 rib
- Since casting on over 2 needles worked so good, I decided to try binding off over 2 needles would be good. Yeah, I’m still struggling with that. Here’s a peak at that process…..
- If I ever get the bind off done, I plan on doing the After thought heel again.
As you can see, it won’t be long before I join the ranks of the Sock Knitters….. What knitting challenge are you overcoming?