Friday, December 19, 2008

Sock Questions: Help!

Hey guys... I kind of need help here. I've never made an actual sock before (unless you count the miniature one), so I have lots of questions about basic sock making techniques...

First of all, which way is the best way to cast on for socks? I have a book and it explains the long tail continental cast on and the Old Norweigan cast on. Would either of these be good? Or is there another one that would work better (or at least as well) and be a little easier?

Secondly, are there any good tutorials (preferably videos, as I can't follow written directions and have a hard time following pictures) for working the heel and then reattatching that to the foot? I don't know what that's called, but it's after you work the short rows and then you're picking up stitches.

Thirdly, does anyone have any good tips for reading knitting patterns? I really want to knit a pair of socks, but all the patterns I've found just confuse me and I'm still not sure how to read them (this is why I make up my own patterns as often as I can).

Fourth of all, how do you guys count rows for socks that have lots of rounds of the same color?

Fifth, are there any good sock patterns for an absolute beginner? I really wanted to knit myself a pair of nice socks, but I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for patterns. Preferably with more explanation than not.

If any of you who have made socks before could provide any insight, that would be helpful. I won't be starting these until after I finish my Christmas knitting... so yeah. Thanks!

1 comment:

Calliope said...

A few of the sock pattern only books have really good tutorials. I recommend Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch, who shows basic anatomy for three types of socks, toe up with heel flap, cuff down with heel flap, and top down with short row heel.

I haven't done a short row heel, so I can't help you there, I do a heel flap, where you knit half the stitches to a certain length, then pick up stitches on both sides of the flap, and decrease stitches (one on either side, every other row) until you get back to the original size.

I wouldn't do a pattern sock for your first one. I would just get the basic shaping down on a stockinette sock, with a 1/1 rib at the top. I made four stockinette socks before trying anything with patterns on it myself.