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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Socks that AREN’T…

ever going to be knitted if they keep behaving this way! Granted, I haven’t knitted in a while, but heck, this is getting ridiculous. I have cast these dang things on about eight times now. It’s just not working. ARRGH!!! The first time I finally got them going they were obviously going to be too small. I am using a pattern that I used to knit the one and only pair of socks that I’ve made, and this sock yarn is much lighter weight than the pattern calls for. So, Mistake #1. No, maybe Mistake #1 was thinking I could knit in the first place.

I asked for help on the Knitter’s Review Forums and got some great answers. So, I frogged what I had done so far. Frogged, you say? Well, in knitter speak that means RIP IT OUT…! Frogs make a ribbet ribbet sound, right? So, it’s not a great leap [pardon the pun] to go from that to RIP IT, RIP IT. Got it? My hard ribbing work lies in a puddle of tangles at my feet. I cast on for about the umpteenth time. I count my stitches to make sure. Right number, okay. I divide the stitches onto three needles in what I think is the right amount on each needle. I work three rounds of ribbing and discover I messed up yet again. I divided the stitches wrong. You know what that means RIPitRIPitRIPit yet again. So, I came back to my computer to gripe.  I’m about ready to throw them in the trash. What’s so great about socks anyway??? Take a good look. It may be the last time you ever see them. Does anybody have any suggestions for other uses for sock yarn?
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Hi Lynne ~waving

First problem - Looks to me like you’re using sock yarn and your pattern calls for worsted weight!

Just because you divided the stiches wrong on the needles shouldn’t mean you have to rip it out.  If you’ve got gauge, and the right number of stiches there is NOTHING keeping you from moving them onto the correct needle!

When I make socks, I cast on the required number of stitches and then knit the ribbing for a couple of rows.  On the next row I knit in pattern onto the double point needles,always beginning a needle with a knit stitch.  It’s easy to hide the beginning gap by sewing it together.

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