Put a sock in it!

I’ve finished my first sock ever! It did take me a number of times, though. But apparently, three times really is a charm.

The first time I tried, I used the magic loop method. I’d heard so many good things about it, so I gave it a go. To be honest, I myself think it is a lot of fuss. It prevents you from knitting on, because you have to pull the loop through all the time. I couldn’t get the joining edge stitches right either. No matter how hard I pulled my yarn, I was left with big, gaping holes. I still wanted to finish it, but the sock got put on hold. And when I wanted to work on later on, I had lost my notes and got completely lost. So I frogged it.

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I got myself nice new bamboo dpns and started over. Old-school style.

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This method worked a lot better for me. Until I got to the heel. I needed to knit a Dutch heel, but I just didn’t understand the pattern. I tried and I tried, but unfortunately I ended up with big gaping holes again. After a while, I finally figured out that my problem was in the way I lead my yarn. Too late at this point, though. So I frogged it.

Now I knew that I would finally be able to get past the heel. So I tried a third time.

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And it worked.

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Dutch heel

I am now working on the second sock, and it goes a lot faster. Probably because I really want to finish it, so I can get started on crazy socks with silly patterns. So if you know of such patterns and/or books, please let me know. I’ve already found some really cool patterns on ravelry, but I’m convinced I’ll be hungry for more. All tips are welcome!

It’s a kind of magic

About a year ago, I bought a small book titled “Sokken brei je zo“. This translates as “This is how you knit socks”. I bought some dpns, got out some left-over wool and started knitting. Unfortunately, I had only been able to find dpns of 30 centimetres (12 inches), which turned sock knitting into some kind of struggle. Above that, I couldn’t make sense of the heel either, and I gave up.

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This year, I thought I’d give it another go. I was encouraged after I had been able to do the mittens on dpns of 20 centimetres (8 inches). But I only have dpns size 4,5mm (US 7) and 5mm (US 8), and I needed size 3mm (US 2,5). Since I had just received the Denise kit and I had read so many positive things about the magic loop, I thought I’d give this a go. I settled for the smallest size 3,75mm (US 5) and got going. Up till now, it went quite well. It’s much easier to carry around than dpns, that’s for sure. However, I do think it’s quite a fuss to pull the cord through every time.

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I’m going to finish this pair of socks on magic loop, and I’m even planning to do a tutorial on it here soon, using the second sock as an example. But after that, I’ll most likely go back to dpns when knitting socks. After all, I did just place an order on hobbydoos.nl for the smaller sized ones…