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October 16, 2006



This post is enormously useful to me! I have been knitting a sock for my brother, and the combination of pattern and yarn just is not seeming right, and yet I keep trying to convince myself that it'll be OK. I think the yarn is whispering to me, telling me it wants to be something different -- something swirly, perhaps. Also, I love the pattern you designed -- good for showing off the yarn colors without being too boring to knit.


Very well done!


This is wonderful! I'm new to sock knitting - just finished my first pair on two circular needles. They turned out great. My aunt saw them and wants me to knit her a pair of socks for Christmas - only she wants knee socks! Do you have any tutorials on knee socks? I started a pair for her and then realized just making a regular sock longer isn't going to work what with calves being wider than lower legs and ankles! (Duh!) So how do I figure what kind of increases are used in socks and how to space them on the leg of a knee sock? Does a basic knee sock pattern exist? Thanks!!

laurie in maine

Wonderful tutorials! Will book mark for future ref. My used Barbara Walker books 1 & 2 are only a few months old but I treasure them already. I'm new to sock knitting - a year almost.I used 2 stitches from bk 1 for knee-hi's; tried a stitch from bk 2 for an all around pattern but messed up with the "plus 3" note. Turned the join into a unexpected design element up the back of the leg. Might have worked except I chose a variegated yarn-wasted a lot of time with YO's & K2tog's for a yarn color that's just not working. Plus second sock colors striped and first sock pooled. (I would have liked both to pool although I've often read other bloggers gleefully note their yarn didn't pool!)

Question: when turning back & forth pattern into "the round" are stitch patterns not purled every other row useable? (changed to knit for socks in the round) I'm only just starting to read charts so have stuck with patterns with the [knit] every other row.

Rosi G.

OMG Maia, what an AWESOME tutorial! How could I have missed this???

BTW, have you checked out the program Sole Solution? It's a sock design program which I LOVE! I think it's really useful, saves lots of the data for you and some of the math. SOME. :D

Thanks for taking the time out to make this tut. I am adding it to my list of knitting tips on my blog. :D

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