Here is the base pattern (no custom ribbing or anything)
Toe Up on #6(US) Dpn's
Red Heart Super Saver (1 skein +)
Seems like a basic ordinary sock, knit from the toe up. When it is written out in words like that, it sure seems very complicated, but often it is harder to describe than it is to show (and do). Make a toe, knit a foot, make another toe, knit the leg, and done!
I have to question your choice of using Red Heart Super Saver for the sock. It would be more beneficial to you if you used a proper sock yarn. That is my opinion only, ymmv, so take it for what it is worth. I just believe in using quality materials for any of my hand work since I am putting so much of my time into it.
Yes it is very basic toe up pattern. It was my first attempt at socks.
Red Heart Super Saver, nice low cost for trying new skills/techniques. Agreed poor choice for socks, acrylic does not "breath" well (= sweaty feet).
To be honest, sock yarn intimidates me. It is so hard to feel with calloused fingers. I did get a few balls of fingering weight synthetic blend to practice with. When I feel ready, I have some Wool, Bamboo, Nylon blend sock yarn.
When they are finished I will share
Stephen, I'm at the point where I just can't knit with cheap feeling yarn. Nice yarns only cost a couple of dollars more...and they're such a pleasure to knit with...even to learn with...
That is so true, Bill. I don't want to come across like I an a yarn snob, but I've been doing this for a very long time, and have learned a thing or two in that time. Not long ago, a lady told that she learned as well (with weaving) that it is a waste of time "to practice" with non-wool yarns since it is a completely different experience using good quality yarns. She said you really don't learn anything with the poor yarn.
It is wrong to feel that you are going to "waste" good yarn when you are only learning. In fact, I always make sure that beginner knitters get to use the very nicest yarn possible! It makes the whole learning process such a pleasure, and they will crave to do more! (I am a certified enabler!) Even if we make mistakes (and what knitter doesn't), we know that we can rip the knitting and re-use it again -- and again -- and again. We never waste the yarn! Look at all the knitting you can get out of one ball of yarn if you keep frogging it!
You will also find that good wool yarn is very forgiving. You can have uneven tension, but the yarn makes you look good. When washed, the stitches all seem to even out, and you can impress even yourself that you are that good! For a beginner, that is a real ego booster! It makes the whole process of knitting anything a real satisfying experience when using quality materials. As some of the men here have learned through their own experience, when you use the right materials for the project you are working on, it makes such a difference in your work. It may be difficult for a beginner to believe this, but you will find out for yourself.
Some quality yarns can be a bit more expensive. Not always, so look for the bargains. Look for sales when end-of-season yarns are discontinued, look for odd lots, look in second-hand shops and garage sales -- you can find the yarn if you just look for it. The little extra you pay is made up in the sensuous pleasure you get from it. And they last so much longer too! If I am going to be spending so much of my very valuable time (and my skill) on a project, you bet I am going to use the best quality materials so it long out-lives me!
My opinion only, and your mileage may vary (ymmv). Maybe I really AM a yarn snob!
Thanks for the insight. I did make a hat with Paton's wool, It was my favorite hat (since given as a gift). It did wear nice, no cowlick's like you get from acrylic. Unfortunately our local yarn shop closed, they had a wonderful selection (merino, mohair, angora, lots of nice fibers). Time to plan a trip to JoAnne's before my next project.
Recommend any on-line yarn dealers for a limited budget?
One last thought on yarn choices...
Watching my dogs dive head first into their bowls of dry dog food, they seem happy, even content. I guess it is because they have never had canned dog food. "You don't miss what you don't know"
acrylic does have some advantages: cost, availability, and machine washable (a big plus to me), rarely dye-lotted
disadvantage: stiff fiber (poor "drape") and you really have to "work" the yarn.
I have an afghan made from Caron's 1pound x3. I love it, but that might just be because it is my first afghan.
Besides, "The secret to happiness, is enjoying what you have"
" "The secret to happiness, is enjoying what you have""
Very true...but speaking as an old man...there are times, when you discover something new and wonderful...you think... Gosh, I should have treated myself to this long ago...I'm enjoying it so much.
Splurge...buy yourself a really nice dish towel or bath towel... a beautiful plate to have your dinner on...
Little things can bring so much enjoyment to your life.
There are times, when I'm knitting with a lovely yarn...that I realize every stitch is a pleasure.
...and often the difference in cost between acrylic and beautiful wool is just a few dollars.
With a sweaters worth of wool...the difference is substantial...but so is the pleasure of hours of knitting and a lifetime of wearing.
They have a huge selection, discounts and sales.
thanks, will check it out
Thanks Stephen...I will have to sit down and digest it. It looks far more complicated than what I am used to. Wish me luck!
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