Socks and ramblings

I just downloaded the pattern for The Brethren Sock. I can't find a pattern
for socks with larger needles and yarn, so I'm just jumping in. Now with the
Brethren Sock, just a plain one. Also, do socks need to be blocked? I am an
addicted knitter, I take it everywhere. Dr's appts., long car rides, friends
houses, even to picnics. I have no shame in what I do anymore. KNIT ON


Thunderhorse54's picture

I have no idea why this posted twice.

Crafty Andy's picture

I will share with you my bits of experience. You have to be able to try the sock on as you go, circular needles become handy. I make my socks on dpns, but gran a circular to try them on. The Brethren is a good pattern, You can try going a needle size up, but do try to see if you match gauge. My socks are a little tight, not by much, but I made mine on US 1. It has cables, so they are not as stretchy. Socks do not really need blocking, but when you wash them you can put them on , stretch them a bit , take them off and let them dry.

Thunderhorse54's picture

Thank you sir! I'm going to be taking every bit of info and experience from the men on here and put it in a folder for future reference. You do great socks! I don't know if I can go with such bright colors, but you never know!

Bill's picture

if you search for the Ann Norling basic sock pattern...she has charts for several different weight yarns and sizes.

Thunderhorse54's picture

Thank you sir! I will check into that right away.

hrypotter's picture

I am about ready to try another pair...only one thus far and a few years back. I will give this pattern a try. Best wishes,
Wade in Florida


Thunderhorse54's picture

We'll have to compare notes.

bobinthebul's picture

The only reason I block socks is for taking pictures off the foot; it seems to even out the stitches a little bit. Otherwise I don't think you'd really notice the difference once you put them on.

I used to follow needle-yarn recommendations to the letter and since I wear an 11 1/2 or 12 shoe, I used to go for the 72-stitches often recommended for a men's sock. I don't think I'm especially loose a knitter but for whatever reason that always turns out a sock that's a little slack with 2.5 mm needles, so now I go for 68 stitches. I look at patterns more like recipes now, as good suggestions but open to tweaking to find what works best for you.

But I got way into the Brethren Sock before I realized it was too tight for after agonizing for about 15 minutes about whether to go ahead with them or frog, I frogged ad went up half a millimeter on the needle size and they worked great. And I still haven't finished them, which is weird because the yarn is gorgeous and I don't hate cables all that much...;)

Thunderhorse54's picture

Thanks for the input. I don't think the Brethren Sock will be on my to-do list for a while, not until I get used to the small needles and thin yarns. But I WILL do them.