Do you knit or crochet socks? Do you like to blog about them and share your progress? The first Thursday of every month, my friends and I link up with each other and talk about our socks…the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beauty of a link up party is being able to jump in and out when you want to share….even if you’ve knit just one row or want to talk about what you are dreaming of making next. Click the link below to join in, follow the instructions, then link back to my blog so we can all share in the happiness of your gorgeous socks! Feel free to use the beautiful OUAS images Stefanie from stefaniecraftswithwoolpaperfabric created just for us. All three are included within my blog.
Last month, I shared with you that I hoped to have my Jelly Rolls completed. Guess what? It didn’t happen 😦 However, I did make some progress and I have a couple of tips that worked for me that I’d like to share with you. First, a progress pic:
Front of sock and side of sock…these colors make me happy!
First, I had to move these to DPN’s to work on the heel. I only have two sets of DPN’s. One set is 8 inches long and one set is 6 inches long. I decided to use the longer needles for the front of the sock and the shorter needles for the back of the sock. Since they are slightly different colors, it makes it super easy to tell where I am. That’s one trick. BTW, I also track my stitches using a very complicated technique. Pencil, sticky note, and tick marks 🙂
Here’s another tip. See how I have the needles sticking out of one sock? That means that is the sock I work on next. Here’s how I do it.
- When I start a decrease row (because I’m decreasing the gusset right now), I knit across the front stitches and then place the long DPN in the cake for the second sock.
- I continue on with my shorter needles and work on the decreases for the first sock.
- Then I stick the shorter needle in the cake for the second sock and move on to the decreases for that sock.
- The row after decreasing is always a knit row. I know I can work on the same sock, so I stick the needles back in the cake of the sock I’m working on as I finish each needle.
- I knit across the first row and put the longer DPN back in the cake for the first sock.
- I knit across both back rows and then stick the shorter needle into the cake for the first sock.
- I start the process all over again with Step 1.
I hope this makes sense…If not, let me know if I need to do a photo tutorial. This has really kept me organized, especially when I have to put everything down and walk away. I always know where I am, which is super important when knitting concurrently.
I hope these tips helped you! I am 6 rows away from having the gusset decreases completed and moving on to easy, breezy stockinette. At that point, I will put both socks back on magic loop and work TAAT. We’ll see how far I get before next month! I’m not promising anything this time…:D
PS…my blog will actually post at 9pm PST on the Wednesday evening before the first Thursday of the month to allow for anyone in the world to start posting on their Thursday.
Until next time, Happy Knitting!