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01 March 2009 @ 10:43 am
yesterday's knitting problem solved  
I worked out where I went wrong last night. The pattern said to pick up & knit 9 stitches, place marker, then knit 10. I had picked up one stitch per row, rather than spreading the 9 stitches across all the rows (about 20). So then the only thing that seemed to make sense was that knit 10 stiches meant pick up & knit 10 stitches. So I did. Continued knitting in the round, then had to pick up stitches on the other side of the heel flap before I'd got to it. Of course, what I should have done was spread the nine picked up stitches across the rows.

Is it just me, or could the pattern have been clearer? This is the first knit-in-the-round sock in a book of socks (the previous ones all had seams), so I assume it's aimed at first time sock knitters. OTOH, I haven't done any of the seamed socks or slippers - perhaps some of them had picked up stitches & were more specific about spreading them out, so the reader is assumed to already know about that.

Anyway, that was my first time picking up stitches along the side. Much easier than picking them up in the middle, which is what I've done before for the teddies' arms.

Heading down to Carlow/Kilkenny today. I wonder if a moving car is a good place to frog a round...
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wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 1st, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
I would assume these socks are knit in dk or something? The heel flap instructions should have had each row starting with a slip 1 if you had 20 rows in the heel flap, this makes picking up stitches very easy and straightforward as you really don't need to space them.
a very caring potato: knitted cthulhu cardmollydot on March 1st, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
DK: sort of. The pattern is not dk, but I'm doing this as a practice sock, not intended for wear, and I'm knitting it in dk.

No, no slip stitch. I can see how that would help.

I think I need to change the way I'm picking up the stitches too. I followed instructions from another book, and it said to put the needle through both the loops. But I seem to be ending up with a bit of a ridge. I can see that being uncomfortable. Slip stitch might work there too - a longer loop might give more space to work with.
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 1st, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
what book are you working from?
a very caring potato: knitting penguinmollydot on March 1st, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
Easy Knitted Socks - fun and fashionable designs for the novice knitter by Jeanette Trotman
wyvernfriendwyvernfriend on March 1st, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
not a book I have. I find Getting Started Knitting socks quite good.

most heel flap patterns run s1k1 and then s1 purl across, which gives you a slip stitch on the first stitch on each row which allows you an easy pickup.

Some day when I get the room ready you might want to browse what I have to see if it works for you.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 1st, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
I believe I got it at the knitting and stitching show.

This one was k1, k1 tbl; p. I might try the slip stitch thing next time, whether the pattern says it or not.

Thank you! I'm finding the circular & double pointed book quite appealing. I haven't done any patterns from it yet, but I have fox eye on a couple & I've used one or two of the stitch patterns.
a very caring potato: knitted cthulhu cardmollydot on March 4th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
I later found picking up stitches instructions in the sock book. It does mention spreading them evenly. But I still think the pattern could have been more specific.
a very caring potatomollydot on March 1st, 2009 05:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the pick up stitches instructions come from How to knit with circular & double-pointed needles - simple techniques and step-by-step projects, by Betty Barnden
jen6265 on March 2nd, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
nothing worse than unclear instructions. I'm sure it wasn't you!
a very caring potato: round sheepmollydot on March 3rd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks :-)
 dudi killimengri: Crochet Blanketkillimengri on March 2nd, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Did you see the sock pattern with turned heel I posted on LJ? Each row for the heel is written out. I'm doing more for the yarn I got from Lidls, cotton short sock for Annon & woolly type yarn for long socks for me
a very caring potatomollydot on March 3rd, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
It wasn't turning the heel that was the problem, it was getting back into rounds after that.

I'll see how this sock goes & I may try yours another time.