I can usually spot a good design, and being a fairly experienced knitter love a good challenge. The Laverne Socks looked like just the right design for my 'competition socks'. As you can see I am knitting them on two fixed ended circular needles. I really enjoy using the Knitpro fixed circular knitting needles, and the wooded tips are both sharp and smooth at the same time.
I realise now that I ought to knit the two socks more or less as the same time, since when I get to fiddly bits, I do a bit of 'finessing', but worry that I will do exactly the same thing on the second sock. Of course normally I wouldn't worry too much, but you need to impress judges! I will knit each sock up to the fiddly bits separately, do the fiddly bits on each, then continue etc. Each sock in the pair would then be finished more or less at the same time. I had this eureka moment during this pair of socks, so will be sending off for another two needles!
This is definitely the easiest way to knit socks, compared to the four or five needles. I have quite a few pairs of bamboo and birch short needles. With the two circular needles you never loose them whilst knitting! It is also very easy to position batches of stitches for a pattern area on one needle, and plain stitches on 'the sole needle'.
As soon as I had started the foot part of the sock, I realised that there were multiple errors in the pattern. I had corrected them on my enlarged chart, where I marked them with my highlighter, but I was concerned that other knitters may waste some time over these and end up 'frogging' their project, or in desperation consigning their project to the bin! Isn't it wonderful that with the internet, it is so easy to send queries that can go straight through to designers and publishers. Yes I had spotted all the errors which I had highlighted on my working sheet, which had occurred when they had transcribed the authors pattern into a chart with their standard house style. They have now posted an updated version.
This yarn comes in two balls...and even when I am knitting one pair of socks from a 100g ball, I often worry about whether I shall enough, and sometimes my digital scales come out. As I have increased the length of the rib section, and increased the number of motifs from five to seven, I was getting a little anxious.
Here is my sock nearly finished and just being tried on, so that I can judge when to start the toe, to make it a perfect fit.
I arrived at the end, and had just a comfortable amount left, and was ready to sew the ends together using the Kitchener Stitch which looks just like knitting and leaves no ridge or lump or bump. I sat in a sunny conservatory where the light was much better to do this last bit.
So one sock is finished...and now the second one is being knitted up!
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