Re: [NYC-Pints-N-Purls] pints'n'purls sock knit-a-long

From: Merv H.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 12:35 PM
I think I am in.  I should bring my Lederhosen socks which I knit some 32 years ago.

 Merv Horst
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On Sep 25, 2013, at 12:16, judy frank <[address removed]> wrote:

the next pints'n'purls k-a-l/project will be socks.

we've been talking about doing some socks together for almost two years, so now is the time.

the pattern we will be using is:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/skyp-rib-socks

and the toronto pints'n'purls has asked about our projects, so we will probably be doing a dual group k-a-l for this one.

if there's another pattern that speaks to you and demands your attention, go for it.   we'll still be able to compare notes and support one another.   many sock patterns present the same challenges. this one specifically...

learn to use double pointed needles (or even magic loop technique)
short rows for heel, gusset etc
kitchener stitch at end
OPTIONAL  - main color and contrast color

tried for a fairly straightforward pattern, not too many challenges for those who haven't knit socks before.   initial feedback is good.   connie was a little concerned about the pattern.  now that she has knit a few inches, i think she feels comfortable with it.

a few caveats...warnings
this is one of the few k-a-l projects we have done where size/fit matters.   the pattern suggests size '0' needles.   some of the people who wrote on ravelry projects used largers (1.0, 1.5,  2.0).   you might want to 'swatch'  or play with needle sizes.   i started with '0' and things seemed too small.  i am now using 1.5.  of course, pattern has a lot of stretch, so.....

also, pattern is written only for woman's small.  if your intended recipient has a larger foot, several options...... michele found a link to the blog of a woman who converted this pattern to a man's size. she expanded multiples of 6, because the pattern is multiples of 6.   there is a further explanation of how she revised the pattern here:

http://handknitsbysusan.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/skyp-socks-for-markus/


also, someone was thinking about re-writing the pattern for various sizes as a guide for us.  maybe.   pending.

and, as i think it was abby, pointed out....one of the purposes of a k-a-l is for us to put our heads together and work out problems/issues. 

so, if you need a larger size pattern, i think we can deal with it and help you.

dig into your stash.....or now you know what you will be looking for during yarn crawl or at rhinebeck !!

looking forward to seeing how everyone does....

judy





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