Wednesday, April 16, 2014

month o' socks: a frog, and a finish






Have you had this problem before? Really loose purl stitches coming right off a column of stockinette in your ribbing? This is the reason why this pair of socks languished in my abandoned WIP pile since Christmas last year ... I know I've made ribbed socks before without a problem, so I'm still a little perplexed about this. Any tips? Since I was frustrated, this sock was frogged. In the meantime, I cast on and completed a new, plain vanilla sock using the remainder of the skein. See that ball of yarn on the right below? That's the original frogged sock! So now I know, I can officially finish three single socks from one skein of String Theory Colorworks Continuum sock yarn, which is good to know. This is the Lanatum colorway, which reminds me of watermelons. And spring!


10 comments:

  1. The only tips I've seen are to pull extra tightly. You could also try knitting through the back loop of the stitches either before or after the purl.

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    1. Ooh, thanks--I'll try knitting through the back of the loop! I was super frustrated, since I thought I was pulling tightly to no avail!

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  2. love that yarn you are using. those socks are rockin'!

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  3. The colors are VERY springy! I agree that pulling tightly on both the knit stitch before the floppy purl and the second purl stitch should help. There are helpful hints online for this because it's a common problem.

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  4. I find that sometimes happens where I've marked the beginning of the row. Sorry I can't offer any advise but Alicia seems to have solved the problem. I love your watermelon socks...

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  5. The action of purling has the yarn traveling a greater distance, hardly noticeable to us, but true. To avoid this, wrap the purl st backwards and then when you come to it on the next round, you purl into the back of the st, since it will be reversed on the needle. Working in the back with the st in a normal setting will cause it to twist and will alter the look. Not that that isn't an option, but it would make it different from the pattern.

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  6. Love the colorway and I'd say that you are too loose at each end of the dpns....pull tighter and see if that helps.

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  7. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!

    I would agree with the others who say to pull tighter when you make that first purl stitch. Tighter than you think you need to, it won't mess up the stitch. Which style of needles are you using? I use 2 circulars for socks, which lets me have the whole top of the sock on one needle, and the sole on the other, so any loose stitches at either end is hidden on the sides.

    I love all your striped yarns!

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  8. Thanks for visiting my blog :)
    I second the advice given above. Love your yarn choices- I've enjoyed looking at the amazing socks you've made :)

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