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tangneyc Posted - 03/31/2014 : 8:02:06 PM
So, I'm trying to knit my first socks with actual sock yarn. I've made some with worsted weight before. But I have a really nice fingering weight yarn, and I'm trying to find a pattern to follow. I'm finding all the patterns call for 7 stitches per inch gauge. Clara suggests, and I like the fabric produced at, 9 spi. (Between 8 and 10 was suggested for fingering weight). Any thoughts?

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tangneyc Posted - 04/01/2014 : 09:46:24 AM
Thank you Jane!! It is so much fun, but so much to learn and everyone seems to do it just a bit differently! Hickory is going in the queue next! Thank you again.

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Jane Posted - 04/01/2014 : 04:54:44 AM
Ahhh... a newish sock knitter! Welcome to the dark side!

Most of the patterns in KBOS call for a gauge of between 8 and 10 stitches per inch, unless the yarn is a bit heavier than fingering weight. The first pattern in the book, Clara's Stepping-Stones socks, does use worsted. A few of the other pattens use heavier yarn, and it seems that the gauge called for also depends on how complicated the stitch patterns are. [insert shameless self-promotion] The socks that I designed, Hickory, use regular fingering weight at 9 spi, and I don't think they're too difficult for a knitter who's just starting to make socks.[/ss-p]

Whichever pattern you choose, take the time to do a gauge swatch just so you'll know if your knitting style gives you the right gauge. I've knit so many pairs that I can tell by looking at the pattern if I need to go up or down a needle size, but in the beginning, I swatched.

And remember, knitting is supposed to be fun!


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