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Ribbed Sock Beginnings


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Well I finally finished my first sock. Actually, I finished it about a week ago I just haven’t had a chance to blog it.

Admittedly it has some issues, despite being a tight-ish knitter, this sock came out a bit looser that I would have expected. Although it does fit:

But considering all the pattern issues and ripping I had to do to get it right, it’s no wonder my knitting was off. I also learned how to use two circular needles. So I’m chalking this one up to a learning experience and moving on.

Turning the heel was way cool. It’s amazing to see how it happens…that it actually worked was even more amazing. 🙂

The toe was easy except for the kitchener part which didn’t come out as good as I had hoped. There’s a little bump that I couldn’t seem to correct, see it at the top?

In any case, I’m fast at work on it’s mate which I can tell you now will not match exactly because it’s knitting up more “normal” for me, that is to say, a bit tighter.

I’ll consider this pair of socks a tutorial and move on. I am looking forward to the next pair already!

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Well I zipped thru the ribbing and stockinette sections of the sock pretty quickly and was excited to begin working on the heel.

** Insert pause for major annoying migraine. **

Though not fully functional yet I decided I was well enough to begin the heel late that afternoon, exciting.

Had I completely had my wits about me I might have noticed the major error in the pattern.

Worse, had I followed my number-one-special-most-important-never-ever-break-it knitting-rule I would have been a witless wonder. But Noooo, I broke that rule and it bit me hard, we won’t discuss where.

Oh the rule you ask:

ALWAYS check for errata when you purchase a knitting book or pattern!

I neglected do that and in my brain fog I didn’t notice the error and continued knitting fat dumb and happy until I finally stopped to look at my handiwork.


After a colorful string of expletives, mostly aimed at me for breaking my number-one-special-most-important-never-ever-break-it knitting-rule, I set my knitting aside to be tinked later that evening.

So people, here we are still at the heel portion of the sock.

Oh well, lessons learned. To be continued…

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Socks Cast On

You know, for someone who likes small projects you’d think I’d be a sock maven by now. Fooled ya!

What’s worse, is that I have this thing about my socks matching my shirt/sweater. Just ask my stepsons, when they were young they used to check to make sure I was properly matched!

Anyway, so I’ve cast on using two circular needles – size US 2 of all things! The yarn is Cascade Heritage Sock in a soft solid yellow.

I was a bit unsure about the join but I found this great video by who else but Cat Bhordi and it totally cleared it up for me. Now I’m off and running.

Stay tuned for updates, I’ve been zipping along at a pretty good pace so there’s more to come soon.

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