Socks again

Hi everyone!
Here is the group photo of some of my socks that I said I was going to post. My preferences for knitting my socks is two at a time on the magic loop. I usually use my Knit Picks fixed circular needle 47" Size 1(2.25mm) for the main body of the sock, and then I switch to size 0(2.00mm) Double Point Needles for the ribbing.
I find the "Judy's Magic Cast-on for toe-up socks" works good for me and is easy to do without looking up the pattern every time I cast-on.
Before I even start anything I check out my skeins for color repeats (I always buy two skeins when shopping sock yarn). Once I am sure of the pattern repeats are the same, then I wind the yarn into center pull balls. Then I find the beginning of the color pattern repeat in the yarn, and then cast-on for my next pair of socks.
By all means this is only the way I like to knit socks, not meaning it is the way anyone else needs to knit theirs.

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scottly's picture

Love your socks and admire

Love your socks and admire the trouble you go to to make each sock identical. Needless to say, I don't do this when knitting with self striping yarn. I've never been sure what the intention of the yarn designer was - should it be random and should we just enjoy the kismet of it or am I supposed to try and make the socks identical through some alchemic magic or trick that I am compeltely unaware of. At least you've revealed the elusve trick. Socks are my favorite things to knit and I'm going to try your method out at least once.

Sock-it-2me's picture

Pardon me for asking, but why

Pardon me for asking, but why are your sock ankles so short? The tops of my socks are 8 or 9 inches....any shorter and my ankles are cold. Are these hot weather socks or are you more hot-blooded?!!

I wear these year round,

I wear these year round, usually with sandals, or tennis shoes. The length is just right for my personal comfort. With this length I get two socks out of one skein of yarn. These ankle length socks only take 115 yards of yarn to complete.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Great looking socks. Do you

Great looking socks. Do you do an Afterthought heel for them or use the Cat Bordhi pattern where you knit the foot and then the leg? [I forget the exact name she uses to descibe it.]

I usually use a short row

I usually use a short row heel on my socks, the reddish pair has a jo-jo heel, and the yellow, blue, and green sock it has arch shaping.

I usually use a short row

I usually use a short row heel on my socks, the reddish pair has a jo-jo heel, and the yellow, blue, and green sock it has arch shaping.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks for the feedback. I

Thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.

murfpapa's picture

What a wonderfully diverse

What a wonderfully diverse family! One day I hope to get enough courage to try socks.Those look fantastic.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I hope so, too. You are a

I hope so, too. You are a fine knitter and your socks would look great. Just a matter of practice, that's all.

Tallguy's picture

It's so wonderful to see that

It's so wonderful to see that you were able to get the patterns to line up perfectly!

When I first starting working with these new self-patterning yarns, I had the hardest time getting the second sock to match the first. I tried and tried, and checked to see what was going on. It was close, but something was not right. Finally, I realized that the patterning was in REVERSE on the second ball! I think it had been re-wound at some time. Once I got that worked out, I was able to get a sock that was pretty close to the first. But I have to tell you, I sure didn't enjoy working on it. The whole experience had turned sour for that pair.

and now, I tend to favour plain colours.

I also have had a number of

I also have had a number of reverse patterning skeins.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I shall have to remember that

I shall have to remember that reversal of colors on future projects. Otherwise, I just accept that there will be "fraternal twins"* in the pair of socks. [*Thanks to JeanKnits for the term.]

Bill's picture

Joe...as twins, I think that

Joe...as twins, I think that means more to us than to others...(grin)

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

That is very true, Bill.

That is very true, Bill. Still, it sure describes how they turn out.

[BTW - the site I quoted is "Jean's Knitting", everybody. Sorry to have it wrong above.]