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Nov 4, 2011 04:14:27   #
3mom
 
So I guess I will try some pairs of tube sock before I try heel flaps, and get more comfortable with ribbing. You all are so encouraging!!
 
Nov 4, 2011 04:16:25   #
3mom
 
5mmdpns wrote:
Because of allergies, my sock yarn is quite limited. I like to use Paton's Baby Softee and Paton's Satin Sport. They are two acrylic yarns that are quite soft on my feet and non-irritating for me. They are both #3 weight yarns (I think). I have found that they do hold their shape and they are an easy machine wash and dry.
My Mom likes to use the Paton's sock yarn which is a #2 weight and is part wool and part acrylic. There are other sock yarns that also contain blends of wool, acrylic, and nylon.
Because of allergies, my sock yarn is quite limite... (show quote)


But I have heard acrylic yarn is sweaty for socks--yes?
Nov 4, 2011 11:00:27   #
5mmdpns
 
BABYANDBOO'SMOTHER wrote:
5mmdpns wrote:
Because of allergies, my sock yarn is quite limited. I like to use Paton's Baby Softee and Paton's Satin Sport. They are two acrylic yarns that are quite soft on my feet and non-irritating for me. They are both #3 weight yarns (I think). I have found that they do hold their shape and they are an easy machine wash and dry.
My Mom likes to use the Paton's sock yarn which is a #2 weight and is part wool and part acrylic. There are other sock yarns that also contain blends of wool, acrylic, and nylon.
Because of allergies, my sock yarn is quite limite... (show quote)



But I have heard acrylic yarn is sweaty for socks--yes?
quote=5mmdpns Because of allergies, my sock yarn ... (show quote)


Nope, just depends on how tight your tension is. I like mine just a wee bit on the looser side to allow for "breathing". haha, a dripping foot!!! And it is suggested that you do change your socks a couple of times a day anyways. Just a little bit extra doing/goings on to accomodate the wool allergy. Of course my feet dont sweat all that much, but some people have a very hard time with this, esp. if the feet are working all day in a work boot.
Nov 4, 2011 11:04:19   #
5mmdpns
 
BABYANDBOO'SMOTHER wrote:
So I guess I will try some pairs of tube sock before I try heel flaps, and get more comfortable with ribbing. You all are so encouraging!!


We like to help out our knitting family!! The tube socks do give a person good practice for the knitting in the round with dpns. Once this is accomplished, and you feel ready for it, then just take the simple basic sock pattern and put a heel on it. I can recommend this pattern (just scroll down past the sweater) and you just have to do it all in one color if you like, you dont have to put different colored heels/toes on.
http://www.doublediamondknits.com/free.html
Nov 4, 2011 16:51:41   #
trixpat
 
I like mine just a wee bit on the looser side to allow for"breathing". haha, a dripping foot!!!

I hear a bit of either Irish or Scot,in
" a wee bit" and "anyways"/Am I right or Wrong LUv
God Bless
Nov 4, 2011 17:50:33   #
5mmdpns
 
trixpat wrote:
I like mine just a wee bit on the looser side to allow for"breathing". haha, a dripping foot!!!

I hear a bit of either Irish or Scot,in
" a wee bit" and "anyways"/Am I right or Wrong LUv
God Bless


Bit of English-Scot on my husband's side. His mother was forever telling them to "Good Scot!! pull up your socks!" haha, a bit of fun!!
 
Nov 4, 2011 17:53:01   #
trixpat
 
Thanks Luv,.God Bless
Dec 25, 2011 00:49:19   #
Bulldog
 
Glad this thread came up as I intend to make tube sock this year and will be working on hats for the Chemo Unit here. My daughter gave me sizes 0-2 (5 fixed 16" circs from knitpicks in Harmony for Christmas). I thought I would send them back and exchange them for the dpns in the same sizes for my socks. These sizes won't be used for hats of coarse. Will have to purchase more dpn for hats. What is your suggestion for this purchase. 4, 5, or 6" length. Need advice.
Dec 25, 2011 00:52:13   #
Bulldog
 
5mmdpns, in my haste, forgot to express my heartfelt concern for you during this difficult time with you loved one. I had my Mom in my home the last eight months of her life, so I fully understand what you are going through and will keep you in my prayers...Hugs and God Bless...Betty
Dec 25, 2011 01:30:21   #
glacy1
 
missblu wrote:
Thank you for posting. I, like some of the others, am not sure of the dp's. Will give this a try for sure


There are videos on YouTube that tells how to knit with two circulars or Magic Loop.. If you don't want to jump into DPNs, then try one of those.. I think that they are easier than DPNs, but that's just my opinion.

I had to learn DPNs.. I have to learn everything to catch up from waiting til I was mid-50s to learn to knit.. now I am insatiable at learning EVERY technique! Be Adventurous! Try them all!! Better to have MANY tools in your toolbelt, yes?
Gloria
Dec 25, 2011 01:58:12   #
glacy1
 
MamaBonz 55 wrote:
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.


12" circulars would be perfect.
 
Dec 25, 2011 02:11:43   #
glacy1
 
Kiwi_knitter wrote:
Re the Yarn..and me coming from New Zealand and now living in Kentucky, I am having to learn the different Yarns, the needle sizes, even the way the knitting patterns are written, just something small in New Zealand we say to Caste on/Caste off in USA they say Bind off lol many other saying that are different, so I have to use my brain a bit now.
I notice there is a lot of places online where we can purchase some lovely yarns, can anybody tell me, is it really worth to buy the Yarn online,surely by the time we pay postage, can anyone tell me..I saw some gorgeous yarn called Chrome,beautiful marble colours,has anyone tried it, they have it in fingering which is probably equal to 4ply and they have worsted which is probably equal to double knit, I haven't looked in the wool shop if they have got Chrome.
Back in New Zealand say if I am knitting a sweater, I would have gone to my local Wool shop and probably purchased about 8 balls of wool and put the rest of the wool away, it never cost me extra to do this either,and over the weeks go and buy another couple of balls as I knitted..I always did that,I tried to do that here and was unable to do that, so one has to purchase the entire yarn needed for say a sweater which would probably add up if you like to knit with real wool..who buys their yarn online,and what if you do not get enough and are unable to get anymore,that to me would be the problem, and does the shipping get expensive.
Why am I so complicated lol.
Happy knitting.
Jacqui
Re the Yarn..and me coming from New Zealand and no... (show quote)


Are you talking about Chroma? If so, their yarns, in my opinion, are very affordable and if you purchase at least $50 worth, shipping is free in the U.S. If you cannot do $50 yourself, get together with a couple of friends and combine your order. That's what my friend Kath and I do when she wants something from them. I always can find something to buy on their site! Is this the yarn you were inquiring about?

http://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/Chroma_Worsted_Yarn__D5420204.html
Dec 25, 2011 04:18:25   #
3mom
 
glacy1 wrote:
missblu wrote:
Thank you for posting. I, like some of the others, am not sure of the dp's. Will give this a try for sure


There are videos on YouTube that tells how to knit with two circulars or Magic Loop.. If you don't want to jump into DPNs, then try one of those.. I think that they are easier than DPNs, but that's just my opinion.

I had to learn DPNs.. I have to learn everything to catch up from waiting til I was mid-50s to learn to knit.. now I am insatiable at learning EVERY technique! Be Adventurous! Try them all!! Better to have MANY tools in your toolbelt, yes?
Gloria
quote=missblu Thank you for posting. I, like som... (show quote)


I agree with you. I'm 68 and I just learned knitting 2 1/2 years ago. So far I've got DPNs down, and Magic Loop, now I've got to learn Traveling Loop and using two circulars . Do you know the difference between traveling loop and magic loop? I also have got sock making down, but I don't think it's as great as everyone makes out. Maybe I've worked on them for so long, I just need to forget them for awhile. As for your shawl--if it's that KAL everyone is doing now, Lots of people are expressing frustration with it. Is it a faroesce shawl? They look really nice, but they're all so fancy. I don't think I"m that good yet. They intimidate me.
Hope you're having a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Jan 22, 2012 02:00:59   #
bent needles
 
Now, Aunt B, don't be afraid of the double pointed needles, just sit down at a table and get out FIVE of the size needle you need. Get the yarn. Get some of those little markers that they sell in a little box and they make life nice. Get a fairly middle sized jug of scotch and a small sort of glass. Pour out about an inch of scotch and down it. This should keep your shoulders nice and loose. Turn the radio on to some music you like, and get a piece of paper and a pencil. Get the directions that you printed from the computer. Now, cast on all the required stitches on to the first needle. I'm going with 20, because it's a good simple number. Now, count them. If everything is O.K., then slide the stitches around onto 4 of the needles, one at a time. Keep them in the proper sequence. You should have the same amount on each needle.(5) Lay the needles on the table in a circle, and look carefully at the stitches. You want the little bumps on the stitches to face the center of the circle.Watch out for any of those loose ends, they like to pretend they are stitches, and it makes a mess. When you are sure this is right, get out one marker. Set it aside. Now for the moment of truth: You have 4 needles laying in a square, with 5 stitches on each needle, and all the little stitch bumps pointing toward the center. Pick up the needle that has the first and last stitches on it.

Careful!

Pick it up just a little, and pull the bit of yarn that goes to the ball. Put that little bit under the next needle,which is the first needle. Now knit with the 5th needle, all the way around.Place the marker before the first needle. Do this until it's time to make dinner. Now you know how to knit in the round, except I forgot to mention that when you start to feel comfortable with this, get rid of the fifth needle. They don't make sets of straight needles with 5 needles, so I look at the Goodwill store to see if they have the size I need, if they don't you can use one size up or down. Trust me, it won't make a difference. Now toss the pencil over your left shoulder and put away the scotch before He comes home.
Have fun! Susie from Washington State in America
Jan 22, 2012 10:45:25   #
5mmdpns
 
For myself, I find that a dpn of 7 or 8 inches is better for keeping the stitches on the needles. The longer length also allows more flexibility in how many stitches you can put on the needles and so you can make a bigger knitting in the round item. Just my preference.

I also find that to keep the stitches straight on the needles and not twisted when you join in the round, is that you cast on to one needle. Now knit some ribbing for two rows then start to join these in the round. You will have a little v-shaped gap between the join and the edge, so you will stitch this up with the left over tail end from your cast on. Keeps the stitches straight every time and gives some substance when balancing the dpns and trying to join in the round.

If you can, you can buy dpns in sets of 5. You just have to look for them. The set of five is easier to knit in the round with when doing socks.
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