Sock Trouble

Ive just started a pair of socks on size 2 needles with 72 sts. I am very limited on time right now with school and all so if the rest of the rows will continue to take 30 minutes or more like the first few have, im not so sure ill continue with them till i have time off.

Having never used needles this small, im not completely sure if it will continue at this rate. Any encouragment would be greatly appreciated. In the meantime ill continue on a beautiful alpaca scarf i started a while back.


gardenerstitch's picture

Socks are perfect for travelling. I would suggest to knit a few rows during travel time and time spent waiting for class, appointments, etc. Also, I'm sure that once you are used to the needle size, you'll become faster. Before you know it you'll be done!

steve kadel's picture

i did a pair of socks only once because the little needles were frustrating to me. i did get faster with them and finding the proper tension helps.

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MMario's picture

YOu should speed up as you get used to the needles. My current project is 1150 plus stitches around. I'd LOVE to have only 72 stitches in a round.

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YarnGuy716's picture

Once you get used to them, sock needles feel as comfortable any any other you would use. Of course after using US2, going to a US7 feels like using broom sticks. But then you get used to that again.

VillageKnittiot's picture

once I thought I wouldn't use anything smaller than a US13. Loved big needles. I have also done socks on US2's. Are you using Circs? or DPNs? I found using 2circs instead of 4 or 5 DPN's worked faster for me. Also I went from the Addi Naturals (bamboo) to the Addi Turbos which really made a difference in speed. Also, if you can get an even gauge knitting continental, it can be much faster than western knitting. Just my 2cents. Good luck, hope to see the pictures of the finished pair.

scottly's picture

Ditto this. Continental more than doubled my knitting speed. It also made working with tiny needles no big deal.

gnewgnitter, can you explain how you use two circs in place of dpns? I can't quite picture it.

Knits4Bears's picture

Although I'm still a fan of dpn's, there is a book on knitting on 2 circ's. Cat Bordhi has a book called Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles. She has videos on youtube that demonstrate the techniques too.
She is a great instructor if you ever have a chance to take a class with her.

scenter's picture

Want to change to knitting on two circulars? Have a look here:

Oops, I didn't realize you had posted the youtube video too, Doug, oh well. Here's part 2:

Rowan's picture

Cat Bordhi explained this technique in her book "New Pathways for Sock Knitters".

I am working on a pair of socks myself using one US1 40" circular needle using the magick loop technique. I learned this technique from a little booklet from Fiber Trends called "The Magic Loop". A wonderful technique that makes traveling with your sock project so much easier, it is quick, and you don't get those ladders as you would with dpn's or two circs.

ronhuber's picture

You will get used to the needles and metal needles are much faster than wooden needles. The fact that you are using small needles means your socks will not wear out so fast.

MasonM's picture

I've found that any project tends to go faster once you really get into the pattern. Those first few rows/rounds always seem to take a lot longer for me.


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scenter's picture

Are you doing ribbing first?
If so, ribbing is slower than stockinette. Also, the first few rounds of a sock, or any circular project, do take more time than later on. The first few rounds are 'floppy', and thus harder to work, but the project will stabilize.

Once you are more comfortable with the needles and the project stabilizes, and if you are working a basic stockinette sock, you can probably finish those rounds of 72 stitches in about 5 minutes or less, depending upon your average stitches per second. At 3 seconds/stitch (20 stitches per minute) would be a round completed every 3.6 minutes, 5 seconds per stitch (12 stitches per minute) would be a round every 6 minutes etc.

Persevere, it does get quicker.

Marknits's picture

I just finished a pair of socks-72 stitches on 2.5mm needles (i guess you could call them 1&1/2's) I took a sock knitting class at the lys with my daughter. I'd never knit socks from the top down before so it was fun to learn how to turn a heel. I'd just like to encourage you to plug away at it. I managed to knit my pair in two weeks by working on them on breaks and at lunch at work and about an hour or so each evening. If the main body of the sock is stockinette, it will go much easier and quicker once you finish the ribbing. If it is a complicated lace or textured pattern... well, it will take a while but it's worth the effort. Truth be told, I took the class to spend time with my daughter but decided to be selfish and make the socks for me. The problem is that the handknit socks feel so good on my feet that I halfway thinking of knitting a unionsuit to have that feeling all over my body ;-)

I've knit more pairs of socks than I can recall, all on size #2, #1, and a few on size #0 needles. My experience has been that knitting at a leisurely pace, with the TV on and some conversation, I can knit about an inch to an inch and a half an hour. I can knit a sock in about 4 or 5 evenings: night 1: the rib; #2: the leg and start the heel flap; #3: turn the heel & shape the gusset; #4: foot, then toe shaping.

A day more or less, and then on to the next sock. Stick with it, it will get easier and quicker as you become more adept at handling the small needles.