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HELP with SOCKS....how to avoid the hole.....???
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Jan 4, 2012 21:54:33   #
leslieO
 
I have been knitting socks for years. I usually use the Yankee Knitter classic pattern but no matter which pattern I use I always seem to end up with a hole/gap after I pick up stitches on the right side of the sock and work the gusset. The left side seems to knit up fine. I can't be the only one this happens to.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Leslie :D
 
Jan 4, 2012 23:11:12   #
wanderer
 
I've seen alot of tutorials on that hole problem. can't remember where though. One thing I remember is you can pick up two stitches where you get the hole then knit the two stitches together next round. Hope that helps.
Jan 5, 2012 04:58:32   #
CraftyHorse
 
Yep, that's what I do, Wanderer. Pick up an extra stitch then knit them together. Works out fine.
Jan 5, 2012 06:37:34   #
Clelita
 
Eunny talked about this in the pbs serie "knitting daily" last week. She also showed picking up the stitches twisting them.
Jan 5, 2012 06:47:44   #
Gingamgal
 
Remember to keep things in perspective. It's just a tiny hole, inside your shoe, no one will see it or even know its there. Don't sweat the little stuff sweety!
Jan 5, 2012 09:37:02   #
ceciliavillabona (a regular here)
 
One posibility to avoid the whole is to change to smaller needdles (2 sizes down) if you have them, another is to leave it alone and when you finish, use a tapestry needle and tighten up the stitches around the wholes. Also picking up stitches from it and then decreasing them in the next row works. The thing with socks is that you have to make a few learning pairs to figure out whatt works for you, those are all for youself, and that is how you master them. However since they are so portable and fast to finish, they are adictive and so fun to own and gift. Enjoy!
 
Jan 5, 2012 10:24:26   #
Cindy M
 
Pick up as many stitches as you need in this gap then decrease them on the following round. I believe it was Silver's tutorial that explained this.
Jan 5, 2012 10:27:43   #
PaKnitter
 
Gingamgal wrote:
Remember to keep things in perspective. It's just a tiny hole, inside your shoe, no one will see it or even know its there. Don't sweat the little stuff sweety!


I sweat the little stuff and ripped my first sock apart 3 times to get rid of the hole because it was bugging the crap out of me...lol
Jan 5, 2012 11:59:40   #
kmcnaught
 
I find adding a couple of sts. where the hole is for 1-2 rows, then BO by knitting 2 sts. together for 2 rows works nuicely.

Karen McNaught
Jan 5, 2012 13:53:10   #
Sharon1220
 
I also find that one side gusset looks differently than the other. One side is smooth and the other looks like I did a wrap before stitching. I know that it's due to one side being K2tog and the other being SSK. After a few washings, the differences are not as noticeable.

I also pull my stitches tight for the first three stitches on a needle. Another idea to avoid the hole is to pick up two strands of yarn when picking up one stitch. Pick up the appropriate stitch and the stitch below it, together. I forget where I read this hint, but I have used it in my early socks.
Jan 5, 2012 17:02:32   #
MarySandra
 
Cat Bordhi's Sweet Tomato heel doesn't have holes. You can see it on utube
 
Jan 5, 2012 19:40:44   #
lneighbors3
 
leslieO wrote:
I have been knitting socks for years. I usually use the Yankee Knitter classic pattern but no matter which pattern I use I always seem to end up with a hole/gap after I pick up stitches on the right side of the sock and work the gusset. The left side seems to knit up fine. I can't be the only one this happens to.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Leslie :D


Hi Leslie,

What I do from the Crazy Toes & Heels book is to pick up a stitch from a row or 2 below on the inside (a purl looking bump). You put it with your next stitch and knit them together. No hole.

Good luck,
Lynne
Jan 5, 2012 19:49:03   #
leslieO
 
I just looked at the Tomato Heel UTube by Cat Bordhi and I am going to try it! I am knitting from top down and she demonstrated it knitting from toe up so I hope this stll works for me.

I'll let you all know. Busy at work this week so hopefully I will get to it soon!!

Thanks everyone for your great hints and resources.

Bye!
Jan 5, 2012 19:57:48   #
kathleenTC
 
leslieO wrote:
I have been knitting socks for years. I usually use the Yankee Knitter classic pattern but no matter which pattern I use I always seem to end up with a hole/gap after I pick up stitches on the right side of the sock and work the gusset. The left side seems to knit up fine. I can't be the only one this happens to.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.
Leslie :D

Here is Cat Brohdi's Sweet Tomato Heel for socks, it is wonderful and easy to follow. Apparently she has a new Padded Tomato Heel out. I haven't tried it so if you do, please let us know. She also has an excellent bind off that is super stretchy, yes I have tried it and it is stretchy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRc3309JUyc&feature=digest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXPCmhWb2Yk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abBhe-JYmgI
Jan 5, 2012 21:10:33   #
moke
 
i twist my stitch if there is hole and I have also knitted 2 together...but remember when knitting the back of the heel....on two needles to snug up those stitches..and make sure you slip your first stitch<.....of each row. this makes a nice snug pick-op row.
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