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Does it shrink in warm water or in the dryer?
Liz in Cville
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Date: 2/4/12 1:42 PM

Does anyone know whether this yarn will shrink if washed on warm and dried on "delicate"? I made a swatch, but since it's circular and curled at the edges, it's going to be difficult to do a before/after washing measurement unless I make it pretty big, and I hate to waste it. Plus I'm anxious to get started on my first pair of socks.

On that note, please feel free to recommend an easy pattern for beginnersI'll continue to look on Ravelry.

Thanks in advance!
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Date: 2/4/12 2:14 PM

It shouldn't shrink since it is super wash. That said I ALWAYS wash my hand knit socks in the sink in soak or doc bronners. I want them to last as long as possible. I let them dry on a towel.

Hand knit socks are so luxurious. Beware you may find knitting them addictive!

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Date: 2/4/12 3:48 PM

I *strongly* recommend acquiring Getting Started Knitting Socks. It's a top down method, I picked it up very quickly with the visual and written instructions.

Can't help with your yarn question but I have been using a machine gentle cycle on my hand knitted superwash wool socks and then flat drying them on a rack.

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Date: 2/4/12 5:20 PM

I haven't used that yarn but I wash all my hand knit socks in warm water in the washer without any shrinkage. I hang them to dry. When DH does laundry he Dumps everything in the dryer. Never had any problem with shrinkage. Sock knitting is my favorite type of knitting.

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Date: 2/4/12 5:21 PM

Also lookup RPN on knitty.com. It was my first pair of socks. Very easy. Don't over think it. Just start knitting .

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Date: 2/4/12 8:53 PM

It shouldn't shrink. However, consider how little time it takes to hand wash a pair of wool socks and put them on a towel to dry. No time at all, right?

Personally, I'd do 'em by hand until I got bored with them.

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Date: 2/4/12 10:44 PM

Thanks, everyone! I went ahead and found a simple, free pattern (Plain Jane Knee Socks) and started to knit :). Of course, I messed up pretty quickly and decided to start over. Such tiny little stitches, but I think I'll get used to it and hopefully won't have to keep ripping it out.

When the time comes, I will wash in machine on warm, and hope for the best :)

Very excited.... just finished my first real knitting project, a cabled scarf. Very soft and warm, if very homemade-looking. Got the socks started just in time...

Thanks again,
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Date: 2/4/12 10:56 PM

I forgot to mention I wash my knitted items in only cold water in the washing machine. I don't know if it makes a big difference as I think it's the agitation that felts wool. When I first learned how to knit socks I started with a child size pattern to learn the basic techniques. Enjoy your new challenge!

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Date: 3/5/12 3:02 PM

For a first sock pattern, I'd recommend Silver's Sock Class.

I think Malabrigo has a reputation for needing gentle care. I machine wash all of my handknit socks in cold and hang them to dry.
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Date: 3/6/12 10:19 AM

Lion Brand has a ton of patterns. They make a sock yarn that is very nice and one of those patterns should work. You have to register on their site but then to have access to a ton of patterns. Socks are addicting. I have made quite a few and have taught people to make them-so much fun. I started with "Joans Socks" which is made with Lion Brand Woolease yarn (knitting worsted weight). It is easily adjusted if you are familiar with knitting.

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