Sock-knitting questions or problems
1. I have not yet knit a pair of knee socks and would be interested in a reference for how to place the calf increases/decreases. Is there a tried-and-true method for determining these?
2. I’m not a big fan of pooling. Often there is nothing to be done about it … if you are committed to knitting a certain circumference and you like the fabric you’re creating at a specific gauge, handpainted yarn is either going to pool, or not. I do not like changing needle sizes to deal with this (I always select needle size in order to achieve a strong sock fabric). That being said, there are some patterns that showcase handpaints really well. I would love to hear which patterns other sock knitters go to again and again to show off handpaints to their best advantage!
Favorite sock tips or techniques
1. When executing the SSK left-leaning decrease, I:
a. Slip 1 as if to knitThis decrease creates a smoother line than the regular SSK. I first heard about this from Kelley Petkun on the Knit Picks podcast. She said she saw it on a Meg Swansen DVD.
b. Slip 1 as if to PURL
c. Knit 2 together through back loop as usual
Cat Bordhi has a new YouTube video called “Slim and Trim SSKs” that shows another way to do this. It’s considerably more complicated, but the video is interesting and entertaining!
2. The sock pattern that started my sock knitting addiction is YarnSmith’s “Classic Crew Socks,” available from Earth Guild in Asheville, NC, or via Ravelry download. It is a formula pattern for a basic ribbed crew sock that guarantees a perfect fit for any size foot with any size yarn. I still refer new sock knitters to it, and I still use its formula to check my CO number if I am in doubt about another pattern.
3. My favorite toe-up sock toe is the whirlpool toe described in Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book One. The figure-8 cast-on is simple, and the toe tip is seamless.