Sunday, August 7, 2011

Update Sunday

 I managed to pick a pattern from my YoP list. Pattern: Easy Knit Tube Sock pattern. Technically it's a sock but, not a sock sock. This may not even be considered a sock because of the yarn I am using.
Yarn: Patons Astra
Colorway: High Energy. It is that! lol Yellow, red, orange, purple.
Needle size: 7

There are reasons why I chose this pattern instead of the other sock pattern.

1. I wanted to see how easy it would be to knit on 2 circs instead of DPNs. There are 52 sts I had to cast. 26 on each needle. I am really liking it. So much easier to handle 2 needles instead of 4.

2. I wanted to get a handle on this ladder thing. I know the stitch has to be pulled tight from one needle to the next BUT, do you have the stitches on the cable or on the metal part of the needle (Assuming you are using metal needles lol).

I tried it both ways. It's tricky but, it can be done. I tried having the stitches on the cable of the non-working needle. I was pulling too tight. I was having a hard time getting the stitch from the cable to the needle when it was time to knit them.

I tried having the stitches on the needle part but, found I was getting the ladders that way even pulling the yarn tight. So.. I went back to putting the stitches from the non-working needle on the cable but, being careful not to pull too tight but, tight enough not to get the ladder. There is a fine line there folks. lol At least from my perspective.

I just figured with this pattern there is 6" of ribbing and another 8 1/2" of stockinette stitch before the decreases start. This is only one sock. I should get plenty of practice in before committing to doing a sock with a heel. Although this yarn label says it a (3) light, it feels thick. When this is done it will almost be like a slipper sock because of the thickness.

I know there are sock people out there that will correct me if I'm wrong in how I am doing things. If so, feel free to comment. You will not hurt my feelings. This is how we learn. My local lys is having sock classes during Sept but, on the Saturdays I am scheduled to work. That figures. :(   

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend. I sat outside under our tree in the backyard pretty much all day enjoying the breeze and the coolness of the day. Had my net book and and knitting and went back and forth. it could not have been a more perfect day.

Until next time...

1 comment:

Cris said...

sock is a sock is a sock :) I'm learning socks on 2 circs too - I have had a pair started for quite sometime. I really need to pick them up and finish them.

Can't wait to see photos of your sock :)