socks oh boy

My addi turbos arrived today, so i started my make socks on two circular needles.  It is very interesting working on the leg now.  cant wait to try them on and show them.   I sure like these addis,  the pliable cable for sure.  very slick, i drop alot of stitches,  they will take some getting use too.  ive been using bamboo for so long.  although i did like the bamboo i didnt like the cable, it was all coiled up even with steam they didnt relax that much.  Any way im using caron simply soft for the socks,  Is this the right type of yarn for socks?  let me know.  Im going to my local  30 min drive LYS for supplies saturday.


YarnGuy716's picture

I recently learned sock knitting on circulars and love it! What I love even more tho is using magic loop and knitting socks on one 40" circular needle.

There is a vast selection of sock yarns out there, many of which are super wash wools, so you can machine wash them. Right now I am using Brown Sheep Wild Foote sock yarn in Deep Pine. You might want to check out They have great sock yarn at very reasonable prices.

Hey Bear!  Welcome to the world of socks on circs.  I really like the technique and if I EVER finish the sweater I am working on, I am going to try the magic loop technique.  I used "Lorna's Laces" sport weight yarn for my first pair.  It is just a little larger than sock weight and very washable.



I've not tried knitting socks yet. Good for you getting going. Homemade is bestmade! 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

Martin - shame on you!  Homemade is what you see at a Church Bazzar sale:  Handmade is pure Harvey Nicks!  Vivre la difference! This site is clearly about those who aspire to the latter!

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Hey Bear...The world of sock is a wounderful world. They are very portable and I have a pair with me at all times, go outside and take a break from work and knit in my car if the weather is to good. I like using DPN'S Bamboo. I am using a size 5 needles and Cascade wool on a pair right now. It has been recomended to me to use a reinforcement yarn in the heel and in the toe. Haven't tried it yet as I can't find any such thing as of yet, local stores are out of it. Good luck and have fun.

Just today I received some Sock Garden yarn that I ordered from Knit Picks and immediately knit a little swatch on US 2 / 2.75 mm needles just to check it out.  It's easy to handle and makes a wonderfully soft fabric.  I think I'm going to enjoy turning it into a pair of striped socks, and at US $2.99 for 50 g / 220 yd the price is certainly right.

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Hi Forrest,  It's no secret I'm a big fan of Addi Turbos.  I had the same problem when I first started using them: some of the stitches would fly off the needles before I'd had the chance to knit them!  But, now I won't knit with anything else.  I think that either fingering or sports weight will do nicely for socks and agree that the thinner the wool, the more useful the socks are.  I do the leg of the socks on a 3.00 mm and switch to 2.5 mm when I start the heel.  This gives a tighter and better wearing sock.  I knit my socks 2 at the same time on 2 circulars so that the pair are completed together. Good luck with the socks!  There's nothing like a pair of hand-knitted socks on your feet! 

And, good on you for posting your own pic on MWK!  It makes the community more personal!

Cheers, Jesse


I've got knitting fever in the worsted way.

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Oops my bad Simon! Excuse me I stand corrected. 

Knit away, knit away

"They say best men are moulded out of faults; and, for the most, become much more the better for being a little bad." William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure