4/30/15

Knitting F.O.: Socks!!!





I finished my first pair of knitted socks last weekend! These have been a long time coming, and I am so happy I stuck with it and completed this project. 


These were made with Cakewalk Yarns in the Brooklyn colorway, using 2 sets of size 0 Addi Turbo Sock circular needles (40 inch length).

After watching several YouTube tutorials on how to Magic Loop (use 1 circular needle to knit in the round), I followed the fabulous video tutorials by Tina from the Knitting Blooms podcast (I am a long-time watcher, highly recommend her show!). First I watched her Toe Up Socks - the Toe video, then knit up the foot to my length before starting the Short Row Heel video



After that you knit up the leg, then I did a 2 x 2 (2 knit stiches, 2 purl stitches) ribbing for the cuff. Then I followed Tina's video for the Super Stretchy bindoff. And done!

They are so soft and cozy on the feet, I am very happy with the fit. This is mainly due to following along with Tina's VERY detailed sock pattern that goes along with her videos. In it, she tells you exactly how to measure your foot and get the right number of stitches and gauge for a comfortable fit. It did take me several tries to get my fit "just right" since I tend to be a loose knitter and my gauge changes as I knit, which is very frustrating. While the average knit sock, from what I can tell, is about 64 stitches in the round, I needed to go down to 56 stitches (28 on each needle) to get my desired snug sock. 


It was worth the ripping back and downright frogging of my first pair! I have already cast on a second pair, using Madelinetosh yarn (yarn nirvana!) and plan to knit them the same way now that I have the notes to follow.

Look Ma, I'm a sock knitter!!!

CGM


6 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first pair of socks. They are beautiful. But, be careful ... socks are addictive.

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  2. Congratulations! I would love to be able to knit a decent scarf, let alone socks. Great job!

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  3. They are awesome! I love the yarn and those specs of color.

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  4. Tanesha, I'm listening to your latest episode and am at the part about socks. The "vanilla" pattern I use (which I'd be glad to send you) calls for 54 stitches for women's socks (I'm pretty sure--possibly 56). Men's socks call for 64 stitches. Just thought I'd mention that. xofrances

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  5. So proud of you! I'm working on my first pair and I get nervous everytime I knit on them. I'm using DPNs. My first attempt I did magic loop. The jury is still out on which one I love so...

    CONGRATS!!!!

    Susie
    Barbys ==> RAVELRY

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  6. They came out awesome!! I got a sock loom a few years ago and I only made 1 sock!!! Lol! Might have to dig it back out. Enjoy Disney!

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