• 29Feb
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    I have questions to pose to all of the sock knitters who happen to pass by my blog on your trek through blogland. I am currently teaching sock classes at my local yarn shop and I would like to gather some information. So without further ado, here are my questions:

    What is your favorite sock yarn? Or maybe you have several? Does it matter to you if they are superwash or not?

    What weight of yarn do you prefer to use for your socks (fingering, DK, worsted, etc.)?

    Do you prefer solid, semi-solid, striped, or variegated yarn for your socks? What kind of colors do you prefer?

    What is your preferred method of knitting socks: on DPNs? If DPNs, do you prefer using four or five needles? On circulars? One circular or two circulars? Do you knit one sock at a time or both at the same time?

    What is your favorite brand of needles?

    What size needles to you knit most of your socks with?

    When you learned to knit socks, what size needles did you use? Were they DPNs or circulars? Did you like this or would you have preferred a different size?

    Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to answer my questions!

7 Comments to Calling all sock knitters…

  • What is your favorite sock yarn? Or maybe you have several? Does it matter to you if they are superwash or not?

    ***I don’t focus on the brand so much as I do how it looks. I have to really love it to spend money on it! I prefer washable yarns, especially if I’m making the socks as a gift.

    What weight of yarn do you prefer to use for your socks (fingering, DK, worsted, etc.)?

    ***My first pair of socks was with worsted, but since then I have only made them with fingering weight.

    Do you prefer solid, semi-solid, striped, or variegated yarn for your socks? What kind of colors do you prefer?

    ***At first, I really liked the self-striping yarns, but now that I want to knit in more comlicated patterns, I prefer semi-solid or hand-dyed yarns.

    What is your preferred method of knitting socks: on DPNs? If DPNs, do you prefer using four or five needles? On circulars? One circular or two circulars? Do you knit one sock at a time or both at the same time?

    ***DPNs but I’d like to try using circulars. Most DPN patterns call for 5 needles, I have knit with 4 when then pattern called for it. No huge difference to me. I knit one sock at a time.
    What is your favorite brand of needles?

    What size needles to you knit most of your socks with?

    ***2, and I need to get a set of 5″ sock needles! 🙂

    When you learned to knit socks, what size needles did you use? Were they DPNs or circulars? Did you like this or would you have preferred a different size?

    ***3, DPN. Yes, with worsted weight. It was what the pattern called for. I’ve never used that combo again though. I typically use size 2, since I tend to knit tight. The patterns I use usually call for size 1.

  • I don’t really have a favorite, but luxury yarns are worth it. Soft and squishy, wear well and hold stitch definition. I do prefer superwash so I don’t have to hand wash them.

    I prefer fingering wieght, variegated yarn. Semi solid if it’s a color I love. My preferred method is magic loop with an Addi Turbo 40″ circ. I think everyone should learn it!! I learned on (size 3) bamboo dpns which was helpful because they grip. I dislike metal dpns because the starting up is impossible for me (clinking needles on the floor constantly). I tried 2 circs but didn’t want to invest in 2 pair of each size. I just got instructions to knit two at once with magic loop, and I can’t wait to try it.

    Addi Turbos are best for me, though I’m dying to try the KnitPicks options. I usually knit socks on 2’s or 3’s – I seem to get guage most often with those. Sometimes on a 1. For all other projects I use my Denise circ set, but I don’t love it. Cables are too thick in my opinion.

    I hope that’s helpful!

  • What is your favorite sock yarn? Or maybe you have several? Does it matter to you if they are superwash or not?
    I really love Koigu and Dream in Color Smooshy. It really doesn’t matter to me, but I know some people who will not use a yarn if it is not superwash.

    What weight of yarn do you prefer to use for your socks (fingering, DK, worsted, etc.)?
    Fingering

    Do you prefer solid, semi-solid, striped, or variegated yarn for your socks? What kind of colors do you prefer?
    Hand-painted. blues.

    What is your preferred method of knitting socks: on DPNs? If DPNs, do you prefer using four or five needles? On circulars? One circular or two circulars? Do you knit one sock at a time or both at the same time?
    Two circulars. One at a time (for now).

    What is your favorite brand of needles?
    Knitpicks

    What size needles to you knit most of your socks with?
    2.25mm

    When you learned to knit socks, what size needles did you use? Were they DPNs or circulars? Did you like this or would you have preferred a different size?
    US size 1 – long circular. I did like it, but I am glad that I have learned dpn’s and 2 circular methods as well.

  • What is your favorite sock yarn? Or maybe you have several? Does it matter to you if they are superwash or not?

    claudia handpaint, jitterbug, chewy spaghetti, chasing rainbows (with tencel), koigu when i can find it….
    superwash can be realative. i wash my claudia’s and dry them with no issues.

    What weight of yarn do you prefer to use for your socks (fingering, DK, worsted, etc.)?
    fingering and sport

    Do you prefer solid, semi-solid, striped, or variegated yarn for your socks? What kind of colors do you prefer?
    not striped
    blue, green and purple

    What is your preferred method of knitting socks: one sock magic loop’d

    What is your favorite brand of needles?
    KP

    What size needles to you knit most of your socks with?
    2.25 and 2.5mm

    When you learned to knit socks, what size needles did you use? Were they DPNs or circulars? Did you like this or would you have preferred a different size?
    2’s. DPN’s. it is ok. it was my first project ever. i rarely use dpn’s now. but it is cheaper than starting out with 2 addi turbos. cuz people complain!!!!!!
    when i taught classes though i did size 3 and baby sized socks so the techniques could actually be done in the class. also i made them cast on at home and arrange the sts in the class….some people take forever to cast on! poke me in the eye with a needle already!
    then people would whine…”i dont have a baby in my life to wear these”…. grown up socks- they’d complain that it took to long to knit.
    🙂

  • What is your favorite sock yarn? Or maybe you have several?
    Opal & Regia

    Does it matter to you if they are superwash or not?
    Superwash is great, easy care all the way.

    What weight of yarn do you prefer to use for your socks (fingering, DK, worsted, etc.)?
    Fingering

    Do you prefer solid, semi-solid, striped, or variegated yarn for your socks?
    Variety, but especially like the ones with the Fair Isle look.

    What kind of colors do you prefer?
    Multi-color

    What is your preferred method of knitting socks: on DPNs?
    5 DPN’s

    What is your favorite brand of needles?
    Any bamboo

    What size needles to you knit most of your socks with?
    US1

    When you learned to knit socks, what size needles did you use?
    US6 with worsted weight DPN’s

    Did you like this or would you have preferred a different size?
    It was fine except for being aluminum needles – too slippery.

  • I just started knitting socks a couple of months ago.

    I don’t have a favorite sock yarn. It depends on how it looks and feels, but I won’t spend a lot of money on a yarn I have touched first. I like superwash yarns for gifts, but I am willing to handwash my own socks.

    I currently have some KnitPicks Palette (not superwash), and Essential (superwash) in my stash right now, waiting to become socks.

    I like fingering weight for socks.

    I like self-striping and variegated sock yarn for me, but I will often use a solid yarn when making a gift, especially if the person isn’t into the wild colors I am.

    I love all colors.

    I like dpns for non-lace socks, and circulars for lace socks.

    I use bamboo dpns, and addi turbo circulars.

    I knit most of my socks with size 1-3 needles, depending on the pattern and yarn. I use 1 long circular for lace pattern socks, and dpns for non-lace pattern socks. I always knit both socks at the same time.

    I learned to knit socks with size 5 dpns (bamboo) and worsted weight yarn. I liked this just fine, because the yarn and needles were easy to handle, and I could master the techniques easier with the larger needles. All socks can be knit this way, and once you’ve mastered the basic technique, it’s easier to move on to double-knit socks and magic loop.

  • I don’t have one favorite brand of sock yarn. I do care that it is superwash, and I prefer to knit on two circs, either addi turbos (better cables) or knitpicks classic circs (better points and cheaper.) I also prefer to knit toe-up and was happy that I did my first pair in worsted yarn. I learned the techniques, but it didn’t take quite so long. I believe I used a 4 on those socks, and used a pattern from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks, which is a fabulous book! I was able to figure it out on my own with her book. HTH.

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