Monday, June 20, 2005
The Sock is Born!...Helpful Tips
The first sock is under way.
Tip #1: I heard mention that when using self-patterning yarn. I should check if both skeins of yarn begin with the same coloring sequence. I found that mine did not. I had wound off yarn about the size of a 1 inch ball from one skein before they matched. Not sure if I should knit from the center pull or from the outside. Since I matched the sequence on the outside. That's where I'm working off of.
Tip #2: I've worked with double pointed needles before and fell victim to the dreadded 'ladder effect' . To prevent a gap like drape of yarn between each group of stitches. Pull the yarn to tighten the first two stitches knit off of each group of needle stitches.
Tip #3: Using a 5-piece set of DPNs is better in my opinion to knit socks. The stitches are divided evenly on four needles so that would help 'mark' where to shape the heel parts. The fifth needle is working needle used to knit the stitches.
I only have the 4-needle set, I've ordered another set. By the time I get to the heel I can work with 5 needles.
Not too difficult yet. It's like knitting a mini sweater so far. I've finished the ribbing and am on the plain stitch part.
I'll hold onto any progress pics 'til the end.