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Date: 3/2/10 4:24 PM

Please help. I would like to learn to knit socks. Years ago, I learned how to knit & purl - but just enough to make a scarf.

My questions:

*How hard is it to make socks?

*Should I take a class or buy a book? I'm the kind of person that can teach myself by reading a book.

* If a book, what book would you recommend?

* I've noticed there are dp needles, circular needles & magic loop. Whick is better for a beginner?

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Date: 3/2/10 5:27 PM

I also can learn from a book/pattern/drawing. I started with a simple sock pattern from my local yarn shop and graduated to Queen Kahuna Creations.

I'm no expert but the dp needles drive me crazy! I watched Cat Borhdi on YouTube to learn how to do circular needles. For me, waaayyy easier.

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Date: 3/2/10 5:28 PM

That should be Cat BorDhi, not BorHdi. Sorry about that. She has several knitting videos on YouTube. Very helpful.

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Date: 3/2/10 7:19 PM

I took my sock knitting classes at my local yarn shop, but I used this site as well and it is extremely helpful. Another one is Knitting Help. Good luck on your socks.

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Date: 3/2/10 10:59 PM

I've knitted for a long time but I haven't decided yet if I like knitting socks -- they might be too fiddly for me and my tension gets very tight. People either seem to love knitting socks or they don't like it at all.

The exact title escapes me, but there is a book about knitting socks two at a time (maybe that's the title!). I started with dpns, got very frustrated with them, went to magic loop and liked it, then decided to try knitting two at a time. You actually use the magic loop method for knitting two socks at a time. I liked doing two at a time -- when the socks are done, they're done. You don't have to start all over once you've finished the first one.

www.ravelry.com is a fun site to join -- thousands of knitters post their projects. there are also forums in which you can ask questions, but i don't spend time on them -- i just love looking at all the pictures of potential projects!

marian

edited to add: sock knitting is not hard at all, if you choose a simple pattern. when i began, i decided to try all the methods (dpn, 2 circulars, magic loop) to see which i liked best, and it was the magic loop method, for either a single or two socks. the two-at-a-time book has great illustrated instructions, however do check the author's site for a couple of corrections.

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-- Edited on 3/2/10 11:05 PM --

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Date: 3/2/10 11:29 PM

It is not hard to make socks. I am self-taught, and have used various methods. My gut feeling is that the basics, the concepts, would be more quickly grasped through a class.

In terms of a good fit, and I mean a really good fit, the best system I have found is the Queen Kahuna measurement chart. However, the learning curve, using two circulars to make two toe-up socks at once, is pretty steep if your previous experience is with 5 sock needles, working from the top down.

Also, you do have more pretty cuff options if you start at the top. It depends. Again, I'd recommend a class to begin with.

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Date: 3/2/10 11:38 PM

I love to knit socks. And I learned from knittinghelp.com also. Knitty.com has great selection of patterns. I just made socks from the easiest pattern ever. Broadripple (knitty.com). Once you make a few pairs, you'll notice that they are all very similar.

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Date: 3/3/10 9:39 AM

Hi, I used this site to learn to knit socks last year and I found the instructions super simple to follow. So much so that I became quite sock obsessed and half my friends got socks for christmas.
www.cometosilver.com/socks/

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Date: 3/3/10 2:30 PM

Thanks everyone for your helpful replies. I went to the library today & got a book-not about socks, just some basics; also bought dp needles & printed some info from the sites some of you mentioned. I'll give it a try & see how it goes. I did find a yarn shop that offers classes, but it's a little out of the way for me. I may check some other places & see what I can find.

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Date: 3/3/10 5:00 PM

My favorite book for socks is Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch. It's sort of a recipe book for socks to make any size sock with any size gauge (well, within reason), top down or toe up, 4 or 5 dpn or circular needle. This book covers everything.

I personally prefer dpns because it makes sense to me to knit from one needle to the next. I've tried circular and it just didn't suit me. Another thing that makes a difference is the kind of needle. I like to knit with bamboo and wood needles; however, I found that size 0 and 1 wood/bamboo needles bend too much in my hands. Metal needles work better for me now. Also, don't use dpns longer than 5-6 inches because the needles will be too cumbersome to use.

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