I am ready, I think, to try socks and would like an easy pattern. Would appreciate any recommendations.
I am nearly finished with my very first sock. I got a lot of good advice from the guys at the Rocky Mountain Men's Knitting Retreat, so they can tell you how easy this is. I am using Stephanie Pearl-McPhee's book "Knitting Rules" where she gives general directions for making socks instead of a specific pattern, and I LOVE the idea. I figured out how many stitches to cast on by measuring my own gauge against my own leg. Same with the length. I've turned the heel now, and it turned out to be quite easy once I got the idea. A bit more foot and then I'm ready to finish at the toes. And now I'm so confident in my general knowledge, I know I could knit socks of any size without somebody telling me how many stitches here and what to do there. Very empowering. I highly recommend it. A couple of the guys say the same thing about Elizabeth Zimmerman. Go for it.
"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."
I'm looking forward to seeing how your socks turn out, Michael. Congrats. I always tell about waiting so long to begin knitting socks. Once I found out how easy they really are, I laugh at how long I took to start. If you can do increasing, decreasing, and picking up stitches, you can do a sock. It is all the other things that can be added on that really gets to be fun. Or challenging. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.
Thanks Joe. It would have been much harder without your expert assistance in picking the stitches back up after I had pulled out the needles. Can't even see where that happened. There's one weird place on the heel flap where I lost concentration and knit when I should have purled. Didn't notice until several rows later. and I knit a row backwards when I picked up stitches after the gusset. But then this is a learning experience, right?
Very "Right". LOL It is interesting to see what you learn from each pair of socks. I wouldn't be fair if I didn't admit to making mistakes all of the time...I just go back [most of the time] and fix them.
I'd recommend the Thuja. The heel may not be quite as easy as Cat Bordhi's, but on the other hand it's a very *standard* heel, and a durable one. If you learn to do that sock, then you can apply what you know to *lots* of other models based on the same basic pattern.
Also, Verypinkknits has a very nice tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wSFaGpmVSw
She explains it very well, and pretty much walks you through it.
The sock she does is almost identical with the Thuja, with the single difference that the Thuja has a longer cuff, and a seed stitch rib (one round k3p1, alternate rounds straight k), so there's no need to buy the pattern from her site. :)
She does hers with 40 stitches, the Thuja is 44; she uses 3 needles, the Thuja says 4. I find 4 easier to deal with actually. She starts her heel turn on a purl row, the Thuja on a knit row, but the whole principle is the same.
Also done with worsted weight yarn, the Thuja is a fast knit, and you'll end up with a pair of socks you'll be proud to wear too! Here's the link to the free pattern: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTthuja.html
Socknitter's.com and Yarn Pattern Central.com both have easy sock patterns. I usually teach socks with large yarn and big needles so people can used to the parts of a sock before going into sock yarns and fine needles. Another way is to do Christmas stockings ... same logic applies. Have fun. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.
I really like the Ann Norling basic top down sock pattern. It covers several gauges of yarn....and is available at most yarn stores as a single pattern.
If you want a SUPER easy heel... Cat Bordhi's new eBook, "Cat's Sweet Tomato Heel Socks" has one of the easiest heels I have EVER knitted. I would strongly recommend getting it as you don't have any stitches to pick up or wrap and I don't know that I ever will on a sock again.
Cat Bordhi's sock patterns are great! Cat has published a few books that give generic patterns for socks... and with each publication she adds new tips and tricks for making it easier. It was Cat's book "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles" (2001) that first got me into knitting socks.
Lots of sock patterns on the internet. FOR FREE. search for: Basic sock pattern. there are even basic sock videos available on the net. Personal favorite is from Elizabeth Zimmermans book KNITTING WITHOUT TEARS.
I also recommend EZ's Knitting Without Tears. Mainly because it is not a pattern. It just tells you how to do it and the rest is up to you. You will never look back.
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