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Knitting Socks, my beginner's experience
Sat 26-Oct-13
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Hattie
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***This thread is in response to posts on the crochet thread. I will post any sock related stuff on here in the future. Please feel free to add to it. smile

 

For my friends who are contemplating this jump into the void. I can only say that I was a complete beginner & had virtually no knitting skills & reading patterns scared the pants off me & made my head buzz. 

As I have mentioned before I turned to YouTube for help & knitted lots of very simple things to help my tension & speed etc.  Then I started on socks, using a couple of good books, THIS one & THAT one.  If you look at them on Amazon you will see you don't have to pay their prices, look at the new & used options (just below). They take a little longer to arrive but are usually a lot cheaper. Both books are very good & explain the methods very well. I knit with 2 circular needles, one sock at a time. I find, at the moment knitting 2 socks at a time very irritating......but I might try it again quite soon, now I am more experienced

As to the photos TA, can't see that they will help much as they look just like any normal sock.......other than they look fairly colourful, but that is me, not the method. I promise to get round to it soon but I am a bit hampered by my vertigo at the moment. 

 

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Sat 26-Oct-13
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Have ordered the two at a time book! No excuses once it arrives! Thanks. 

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Good for you Aly........you should have very cosy tootsies for the winter......knitting socks can become an addiction however !!   big_laugh  big_hug

 

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Like you I have lots of bits of wool about. I inherited a bagful of small balls from an elderly aunt who died. She used to knit toys so had loads of leftovers. I am planning some stripey socks!

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Sat 26-Oct-13
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My Gt Gt Gt Grandfather was a framework stocking knitter - i.e. made socks on a hand frame device- Not many people know that!

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I remember hearing about frame knitting being invented in the 16th century, something about Queen Elizabeth I refusing a patent for the machine.  Presumably permission was given later as by the 18th century these frames were used by the Huguenots settled in Spitalfields. I remember all this from art college lessons on the history of costume (part of my Theatre Design course).  When did your ancestor live Martin?

 

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My Framework knitter ancester David was making socks in the early 1800's in Derbyshire- before the industrial revolution put paid to small enterprise production processes. There is an example of a Framework knitting machine in the museum in Matlock Bath (Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mill) that would have been the kind he would have used.

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