Thursday, March 8, 2007

Walk Around In Circulars

In case you're one of the three people in the entire world that I haven't talked to about this yet, I am willing to admit that socks on two circulars isn't as horrible as I once expected it to be.

The theory is this: I had a miserable time with Calvin's socks on two circulars because of the yarn. Cascade Fixation is mostly cotton with a little elastic, and that little elastic caused the stitches to collapse around the cable of the circular needle, causing me to shove, force, and otherwise manhandle those stitches back up onto the needles each time. So all the time I saved by having one less join was used up by having to struggle to get those stitches back onto the needles.

One of the theories pertaining to socks on two circulars is that you should use one 16" needle and one 24" needle in order to make it easier to know which needle to use and when. This also gives you two different size needles to use in other projects. However, I've found that I will prefer to use two 24" circulars (when I get the second one), because you can get all your sock's stitches onto the needle part of the 24", but not onto the needle part of the 16". And I'd rather get all the stitches onto the needle part before starting that side if possible.

I started another sock on two circulars to use as a sample sock in my socks-on-two-circulars class at the store. I'm using regular ol' Trekking, with no elastic, so the stitches stay the size they're supposed to be, and it's much easier to get them back onto the needles from the cable. I might even say I'm enjoying it. The pattern is the
Gentleman's Sock by Designedly, Kristi, and I love how it's turning out. The yarn is sunny and inspiring.

However, I'm tired of it, and I'm working on the second koolaid-dyed Uptown Boot Sock instead.

Pictures later when the camera batteries are recharged. Whoops.


~Tonia~ said...

I don't think that the 2 circ. thing would be my speed. Too many things to get in my way.

I was using the magic loop for a while, but have gone back to my DPs. Heck I say knit what ever way makes you happy.

I have just started my first ever toe up sock! It is quite fun!

Brenda said...

I'm just too cheap to buy all the circular needles when I have perfectly good dpns. And I fear change.

Soul Coughing rules.