QUOTE(lottie @ Aug 27 2008, 10:39 PM)
For the very first time I tried a sock.
I had my four needles but couldn't even cast on - how on earth do you do it on four needles?
I kept dropping them and it was all wobbly tension too... how does it all join up?
What a nightmare. I'm going to ask someone I know who is an expert when I see them on Sunday.
Until then.....grrrrrrr it's so frustrating to feel so clumsy! (but the cardigan is progressing - I'm on a 'front' now!)
Edited to say: I've just found this amazing site http://www.royea.net/sockdemo1.html
There's hope for my socks yet....
I cast all my stitches onto one needle and then shared them out over 3 needles into the distribution required by the pattern.
I found this when I ran into trouble with my heel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NQMGCo_mXY...feature=related
There are about 4 separate videos, dealing with different parts of the sock (part 3 was my life saver - well, sock saver).
QUOTE(petrat @ Aug 28 2008, 09:17 AM)
I used to love knitting tube socks on four needles. You use the short sock needles of course, the ones with points at each end and then think of them as long needles that are broken in the middle! If you let each row overrun by a few stitches each time the joins are far less obvious as they come in a different place with each new band of sock knitted. I remember seeing a fantastic sock knitting machine on television many years ago, still in working order knitting socks in the round. It looked rather like one of those old bean slicing machines.
I've just finished my first sock. It's not toooooo bad, but very definitely a first attempt, and I think I need to knit the second one a bit tighter (though I'm not usually known for the looseness of my stitches). Knitting the heel was a bit traumatic (that's when I found the youtube videos). I loved doing it, but sometimes forgot to use my fourth needle and found I'd knitted straight onto one that already had its share of the stitches on it - though now I see your advice about letting a row overrun I could've pretended I meant to do that
My elder son was very impressed and wants a pair of bedsocks. He gets very cold feet at night and I'm always nagging him to take his socks off (the smelly ones he's worn all day), so he'd love them.
I'd like one of the machines!