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Sep 24, 2011 12:27:04   #
sues4hrts
 
5mmdpns wrote:
For all those who are struggling to knit socks with those dreaded heels!! A tube sock is very simple. I can write one out here from my head so there is no copyright enfringement in case anyone is interested in that.
Using worsted weight yarn or #4 weight and using a needle size of 3.5mm or 4mm or what ever needle size needed for getting 5 stitches per inch of stocking stitch. Using dpns, cast on 40 stitches (fits a leg 8 inches around) or 44 or 48 stitches.
Knit in ribbing stitch of k1 p1 for 2 inches. Then knit another 8 to 10 inches in stocking stitch or until the sock is long enough to fit your foot and give you some length up your leg. Yes, you go ahead and try on the sock being careful not to let the stitches slide off your dpns. (Use elastic bands around the ends of the needles if needed).
When you have reached the beginning of where your toes are you will begin to decrease for the toes. I am going to assume here that your stitches are evenly placed on 3 dpns and you are knitting with the fourth needle. On needle 1 you have 10 stitches (11, 12) on needle 2 you have 20 stitches (22, 24), and on needle 3 you have 10 stitches (11, 12).
Round One Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3, k1 ssk, knit to the end. Four stitches decreased all together.
Round Two Knit.
Repeat these two rounds until you have 20 stitches remaining (20, 24). Then repeat Round One until you will have 8 stitches (10) remaining. Knit the stitches from the Needle 1 onto Needle 3. You will have a total of 4 stitches on each needle (5) Kitchener off.

This will make a thick sock and from there you can go to #3 weight yarn and smaller needles once you are comfortable with the dpns. The decreasing for the toes is basic and more or less the same for all socks. The same decrease pattern is also used for mittens. Enjoy. You can use Christmas varigated colors to knit up these for quick Christmas gifts! To make smaller or larger socks, you just measure around the leg and multiply this number by 5 to get the correct number of stitches to cast on.
Simple. :thumbup: :thumbup:
For all those who are struggling to knit socks wit... (show quote)

I've never knit a pair of socks as I have such bad neurapathy and the DPN's are alot to handle, but this pattern seems pretty simple so just might have to give it a try. Thanks so much, Sue
 
Sep 24, 2011 12:31:36   #
trixpat
 
Suevelie
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Sep 24, 2011 12:43:04   #
5mmdpns
 
Sue Velie wrote:
5mmdpns wrote:
For all those who are struggling to knit socks with those dreaded heels!! A tube sock is very simple. I can write one out here from my head so there is no copyright enfringement in case anyone is interested in that.
Using worsted weight yarn or #4 weight and using a needle size of 3.5mm or 4mm or what ever needle size needed for getting 5 stitches per inch of stocking stitch. Using dpns, cast on 40 stitches (fits a leg 8 inches around) or 44 or 48 stitches.
Knit in ribbing stitch of k1 p1 for 2 inches. Then knit another 8 to 10 inches in stocking stitch or until the sock is long enough to fit your foot and give you some length up your leg. Yes, you go ahead and try on the sock being careful not to let the stitches slide off your dpns. (Use elastic bands around the ends of the needles if needed).
When you have reached the beginning of where your toes are you will begin to decrease for the toes. I am going to assume here that your stitches are evenly placed on 3 dpns and you are knitting with the fourth needle. On needle 1 you have 10 stitches (11, 12) on needle 2 you have 20 stitches (22, 24), and on needle 3 you have 10 stitches (11, 12).
Round One Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: k1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1. Needle 3, k1 ssk, knit to the end. Four stitches decreased all together.
Round Two Knit.
Repeat these two rounds until you have 20 stitches remaining (20, 24). Then repeat Round One until you will have 8 stitches (10) remaining. Knit the stitches from the Needle 1 onto Needle 3. You will have a total of 4 stitches on each needle (5) Kitchener off.

This will make a thick sock and from there you can go to #3 weight yarn and smaller needles once you are comfortable with the dpns. The decreasing for the toes is basic and more or less the same for all socks. The same decrease pattern is also used for mittens. Enjoy. You can use Christmas varigated colors to knit up these for quick Christmas gifts! To make smaller or larger socks, you just measure around the leg and multiply this number by 5 to get the correct number of stitches to cast on.
Simple. :thumbup: :thumbup:
For all those who are struggling to knit socks wit... (show quote)

I've never knit a pair of socks as I have such bad neurapathy and the DPN's are alot to handle, but this pattern seems pretty simple so just might have to give it a try. Thanks so much, Sue
quote=5mmdpns For all those who are struggling to... (show quote)


Sue, I did give some instructions for using the circular needles in place of the dpns. This is posted on page 2 of this topic thread. I hear the clover wooden needles are great to hold onto. They are inexpensive and you can find them at Walmart (which is my LYS in the next town).
Sep 24, 2011 12:56:29   #
MamaBonz 55
 
Thanks for this pattern. I prefer to wear tube socks so I'll definitely try your pattern. I wonder if 12" circs would work? DPNs are ok but I knit in the car a lot and you know what happens if I drop one of the needles. Yep, it rolls under the seat, never to be seen again.
Sep 24, 2011 13:07:58   #
itzzbarb
 
Thank you for posting this. I am going to try it on a single, short circular. The 2 circular method drives me nuts with all the needles flapping around, and I don't do well with DPNs, so will go to my stash of shorter circs and give it a whirl. :)
Sep 24, 2011 13:15:18   #
greatgmadeb
 
thank you; I'll have to try this as am a biginner...after I finish the felted booties for Christmas and a few wash cloths and.... :lol: ;)
 
Sep 24, 2011 13:35:57   #
MamaBonz 55
 
I'm with you on that one! I gave up the 2-sets flapping long ago but I do like the magic loop method for some things. That might work for this if the 12" circs fail. Lots of good tuts for this on YouTube. This one is in my bookmarks:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB1sSOr0fG0 She uses a 40"cable but if you're doing one these socks at the time, a shorter cable would probably work. I never could manage to knit two at once! I'm going to try that and let y'all know what happens.
Sep 24, 2011 13:52:06   #
kathy320
 
thank you!
Sep 24, 2011 14:55:07   #
CathyAnn
 
THANKS FOR THE PATTERN!!! I will try tube socks just as soon as I get some of the projects I have lined up finished. I like knitting with dpn's (thank goodness), so it should all go smoothly. :D

Regarding bamboo dpn's, in my experience, they would be great for a beginner to use since bamboo kind of "grabs" the yarn so it doesn't slide too easily on them and stitches are dropped. I use Brittany birch dpn's which also "grab" the yarn, but only slightly, easier to slide the yarn while knitting.
Sep 24, 2011 15:13:33   #
Saidee
 
I learned how to knit socks by starting with a couple pair of tube socks. Those were so easy, I went on to learn how to turn heels and it's really not difficult at all! There are several videos on YouTube that show the process in different ways. I had a new grandson when I started making socks and became absolutely addicted to making baby socks! They were small enough to make a pair in a day and I ended up with something like 16 pair. My grandson couldn't use all of them so I used some as gifts for others and sold a couple of them on eBay.
Sep 24, 2011 15:14:00   #
Dimples16
 
5mmdpns wrote:
auntb wrote:
Simpe, except for the dp needles!! I'm scared of them.....


Nothing really to be afraid of with the dpns but here is an alternative if you really are. Knitting is all about taking pleasure and enjoyment in what you are knitting and how you are knitting.
You need two circular needles and the length of them really does not matter as long as the size is the same for both of them. Cast on all 40 (44, 48) stitches onto one needle. Using the second circular needle knit (using the rib stitch pattern) 20 (22, 24) stitches onto this needle. Pick up the "tail" end of the first needle and joining in the round, knit the last 20 stitches in the rib pattern. Circular needle Two will become the #1 & #2 dpn needle. The circular needle One will be the #3 dpn needle.

Continue on in the pattern. For better understanding of the circular needle method, you will keep Needle One stitches only on Needle One by knitting the stitches on the right end of it with the left end of the Needle One. Needle Two will follow Needle One and is knit up the same way. To keep track of which needle is #1 or #2, take a piece of waste yarn and make one loop through the stitches below Needle One. Take another piece of waste yarn and make two loops through the stitches below Needle Two. You will need these labels on when you come to the toe decreases. Good luck with this.
quote=auntb Simpe, except for the dp needles!! I'... (show quote)



I use two different color needles.
 
Sep 24, 2011 15:26:48   #
Wynn11
 
Ty so much. I was going to knit a pair of those for a Christmas present. I found a pattern on the net but didn't like them. You'v given me another gift. Wynn
Sep 24, 2011 15:30:08   #
Wolfdancer
 
I will certainly give these a try . Thank you for sharing the pattern . Hugs
Sep 24, 2011 15:38:22   #
5mmdpns
 
I know the frustrations of wanting to knit something and having to deal with a complicated pattern. I am glad this helps out those knitters wanting to make socks but not those with heels on them. Lots of time to practice these for Christmas presents!!. And it doesnt matter if the foot is an inch or two shorter or longer than the foot of the person wearing it!! Enjoy!!
Sep 24, 2011 15:43:54   #
joeysomma
 
I used the magic loop instead of DPN's or circulars.
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