I had a similar experience. I was working on two circular needles, using size 1 (which I had done my guage on) . I finished the cuff and was on the third pattern repeat and decided to try it on for size (which is one thing I love about socks on two circular needles!) and they were too tight. I also had to rip it out and start over using size 2 needles.
I was able to almost catch up yesterday. I'm in the middle of the third pattern on the leg right now. I love the pattern. I'm using a deep blue colored Jitterbug yarn, which is really turning out beautiful. I will be posting a photo soon as well!
I'm really interested in the "magic loop" and how it works! I'll have to look into that!
I have tried the circular needles but I just did not have much luck with them. I have the book by Melissa Morgan-Oakes "2-at-a-time" on one circular. I have yet to read it but I plan on it. I guess I just like the way I was taught and that was on double points, but I will give the "magic loop" a try.
I am way behind knitting my Monkey Socks, because I did not see the knit-a-long until a week later, but I am going to chatch up. LOL
I have my first sock done and I'm not really happy with it but I can't completely blame the pattern, I don't think. The heel area and ankle is too loose, the heel is tool big. guess I have a narrow heel. Then the toe part is too pointed so I need to make it not narrow down so quickly.
Now, I have to either take this one apart or make the second one match it which isn't perfect. I do like the top, not too high and just above the ankle. I shortened it and only did two pattern repeats.
It just doesn't fit tightly enough in the arch area or the instep either. Not sure what to do to fix these problems. I made the smallest size with a size 1 needle so maybe I need to use a smaller needle.
I'm afraid I'm going to have the same problem, with the socks not fitting correctly. I switched to a larger needle because the socks felt too tight around my calves. Now I'm wondering if the foot will be too large! Actually, my socks were coming along pretty well and I had already re-started once, when I dropped a stitch and just couldn't get it back the way I wanted it. I ripped it out again today and started over. I hope "third time's the charm"!
I'm on my third try also Terry. The 2 socks on a 32" magic loop wasn't working out too well. Just too tight, and I didn't get the round joined correctly on one of the socks, and it was forming a ladder gap. Sooooo... I'm working one sock at a time now, still on the 32" magic loop, and I have the cuff done once again. Tomorrow I'll FINALLY get started on the pattern repeat.
Thank you for the real world evaluation of the fit, Kat! I'm actually encouraged because I have wide feet. My foot will probably fill them out in the feel and instep, and I think I'll try to shape the toes with less point when I get there.
one of these days I will actually get involved in a knit along when it starts - instead of two weeks late! But I need to get a pair of socks done in the next couple of weeks so I will take the "better late than never" approach and cast these on tonight. Great pattern and I know just the wool in my stash to use...
Would love to join you, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be able to follow. I'm working on my first sock right now and am stuck at the short rows. So, I can't imagine trying to do the gorgeous pattern. My leg is simply ribbed. I'll follow along though. Hopefully I'll learn something that will help me grow. Thanks and best wishes in your new position.
I'm with you Margie. I'm going to follow along and see if I can learn something. If you need help with individual stitches or techniques, I found knittinghelp.com to be a great resource. I really like their demonstration videos. I have only made one pair of socks so far. I used size 2 double pointed needles (5) for those. I just started on my second pair of socks, using 2, size 4 circular needles, a 16" and a 24". I'm knitting both socks at the same time to see if I can avoid "second sock syndrome" and also to have them both come out exactly alike. The only trouble I'm having so far is keeping the two balls of yarn from getting tangled. Right now I'm on the ribbing of the cuff. I'll wait and see what I think when I get into the other parts of the sock. I thought about trying the magic loop technique, but using 2 circular needles seemed a bit easier to me to start with. This is the first time I've used circular needles for a project, so I'm dealing with a lot of firsts. I love the lace pattern on the Monkey socks and would love to be able to do that without making a lot of mistakes! I'm new to knitting and don't know how to read a lace chart. I think I'd do better writing out the instructions like some other people have done. Good luck to everyone who is doing the KAL. I will enjoy following your progress.
Well, looks like this could be a long KAL. I just frogged too. Got through 3 patterns and noticed a dropped stitch and a deformed pattern cause I didn't count.
At least I'm not alone in the rib.. Kat, I like the short sock, especially for summer. I might do a 3 pattern, just a little higher. I think my rib is ok, 'cause I don't like tight socks, but it looks like (from my frogged part) that it's a bit big beyond that. Maybe I'll go to 1's for the leg and foot. That will be intersting because not only will I be going to a needle I've never used before, but from wood to metal also. This is just such an adventure.
I have watched pretty much all the videos on knittinghelp.com and I couldn't even guess how many on YouTube. I'm trying to learn as much as possible online and in books since there are no classes near my home that are at times I can attend. Most are during the day, and I work full time. This weekend I've signed up for 3 classes at the Midwest Folk and Fiber Art Fair in Crystal Lake, IL. I can't wait. It'll be my first fair and I've signed up for a sock class. So I've really got my hopes up high. I'm using 5 DPNs too on this sock, but I want to learn to do 2 at a time. I have very visible ladders and I'm hoping doing 2 at a time will be better. I've used the tips about how to avoid ladders, but can't seem to rid myself of them. Just have to keep practicing I guess. Good luck with the KAL.
I decided to start the second sock with a 0 needle as the sock I finished was a bit large for my foot. Really weird because I wear a 2E, that's extra wide, shoe. I know it'll turn out differently than the one I finished but I'd rather figure this out using cheap yarn than using my expensive yarn. However, that will probably turn out differently anyway. Shucks, can't win! LOL
I started it last night while watching TV and screw up a couple times so had to rip out twice back to the ribbing. I still did the k2 p2 rib but tried the twisted stitch and didn't see any twist or difference so didn't do it with the 2 x 2.
I have started into the lace pattern for the 3rd time and had a dropped stitch but decided just to fix it and continue.
Socks have so many variations and can be very frustrating, I found, but most of my frustration is the gauge. That was always my problem before and why I quit knitting but I'm determined to learn it.
I cast on last night and I am still on ribbing. I have not had much time to knit. I am going out of town for a couple of days and hope to do a lot of knitting. I will be out in the country with out a lot to do. I like those types of mini vacations. Anyway, my guage is mostly right on the money. I find if I use the same weight of yarn and the suggested needles, it works. If you are a tight knitter, I would use bigger needles, if a lose knitter, use smaller needles. If guage usually a problem, make sure the yarn weight suggested is the same weight as the yarn you are using. It gets more compilcated when you use a different weight yarn. Hope that helps. I am using the "toothpicks" (9" circular) to make the monkey socks. It was easier to CO since I was dealing with circular rather than dps. I have about 1/2" on so far, I seem to be getting used to them, I will wait to see when I get to the pattern.
You go girl. I love your attitude.
After my third start, I find that I'm actually learning something each time. I'm using two circular needles for one sock at a time. I have 32 stitches on each needle with a marker in the middle. I'm now taking time after every 16 stitches (I'm on the leg portion). I'm counting stitches and looking at my work. It only takes a couple of seconds and hopefully I won't have to back out so far if I do make an error. The pattern actually looks much better and smoother this time. Yay!
Maybe I'll make it clear through the third pattern repeat this time
I really enjoy reading all your posts. It's very encouraging to know that I'm not alone! Thanks to all!
I didn't think about that!. Changing the yarn shouldn't be done unless you plan on making gauging harder. I don't think the yarn I substituted was close to my sock yarn even though my sock yarn is a DK weight. Oh, boy, just knowing that really helps. don't know why I didn't figure that into the equation.
That's what I like about these KALs, you get so much help with a big variety of areas.
thanks so much,
Hi Gals! I'm so glad you're all enjoying the KAL. I'm having a good time, too. I added two repeats last night--only one to go until I'm at the heel! My sock is a bit snug but still okay. If I knit these again, I'll do the medium size instead of the small size. And I think I will knit them again--I love the pattern. It's so addictive--I feel like I must finish a repeat before I can put the sock down, which is a great way to make a lot of progress!