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It's my First Pair of Socks!

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They're done! They aren't perfect, there's some issues to be worked out, but they're socks and I made them!

And now the important stuff: I used Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, It's super soft and was extremely easy to work with. The lady at the yarn store said I'd need two skeins for a pair, but my leftover skeins are both the same weight as the socks so I think I can get another pair out of it! (have I mentioned I have tiny feet? seriously, I shop in the boys section of the shoe store for sneakers)

I used the Yarn Harlot's sock recipe for both of them. The first one was 60 stitches on a #2 needle, that one was a touch too big so I did the second one as 56 stitches. I also made the first one using dpn's and the second one doing Magic Loop. Personally, Magic Loop makes knitting socks fun for me, dpn's just made it a pain. I did 15 rows of 2x2 ribbing and then 30 of stockinette and then the heel and all of that. I'm not sure how many rows I did before I started decreasing for the toe, but I went until it reached the middle of the ball of my foot and then I did a round toe and then grafted when it was long enough.

For the second one I tried to deal with the holes along the heel flap by knitting into the back of the stitches after I picked them up. That helped. There's still a weird hole right at the spot where the heel flap starts and I'm not sure what to do about that, but the holes all down the side of the flap are gone. So that's one issue. They also seem a little baggy right around the top of my foot near my ankle. Kind of the opposite side of the sock from the heel. I'm really not sure what I need to change to fix that. Do I decrease before I start the heel? Not sure.

But hey, they're socks and I made them! Yay!

For my next trick I'll be trying Wendy's sock recipe to see how I like the whole toe-up short rows thing. Stay tuned!

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Congratulations! I love the color. I knit my first pair three months ago and haven't stopped since. Now I've actually joined a KAL for Fixation anklets. Beware -- they're addictive!

Syn:

Woot!!! I've said it before and I'll say it again.....that is SO cool!! :D

Yay you! I love the color as well! Good job!! I just learned a month or so ago!

Ah! they're so cute! In a "this is my first pair of socks" way... the first pair is magical...

Sunidesus:

Thanks guys!

Great first socks. I made my first pair during the Knit Olympics this past February and have since made 12 pair...they are indeed addictive!!

My suggestion for the hole at the beginning of the gusset is to pick up extra stitches in those "corners" at the end of the heel flap. That is where your decreases will start so don't worry about the stitches being crowded they will sort themselves out in a row or two.

As for the extra fabric on the top of the foot you can try doing your decreases a little faster by either eliminating the plain round between the decrease rounds or by doing twice as many decreases on one round (sort of like the way you do pairs of decreases when you are shaping the toes).

Measure around the widest part of your foot and again around your calf. Usually these numbers are the same or pretty close. Your foot may be that much smaller than you calf and you may want to have less stitches around the foot instead of the same number you had for the calf.

Try the sock on frequently as you are working on it to get the best custom fit.

Good luck and have fun!!

Sunidesus:

Thanks for the suggestions. I never thought I could have so much fun making socks!

yay for first socks!

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