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Socks Knitted from the Cuff Down

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1st Pr.Handknit Socks (1)

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Knit Original Cuff-Down Socks taught by Donna Druchunas

Warm, cozy and cute that's what your feet will be when you put them in hand-knit socks. Inspired, happy and proud that's how you'll feel when you're the one who knit them by hand.

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Category Knitting
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Whimsical
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What materials did you use? Cascade Yarns Heritage Hand Painted Sock Yarn, 75% Merino Superwash 25% Nylon, Color 9862; 7-8 stitches = 1 inch on US 1-3 needle. I actually used size 1 dpn needles for the 1x1 ribbed cuff and for the heel flap and turn and size 2 dpn needles for the 2x2 ribbing and stockinette stitch on the rest of the socks.

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What are you most proud of? I am most proud of actually completing a pr. of socks that are pretty and that are a custom fit. I was fascinated by Donna's Continental style of knitting and have been working on becoming comfortable with it. I felt that my way of handling the yarn in English knitting was awkward and have discovered that I am more comfortable knitting Continental most of the time. I am still working on purling automatically in Continental so am switching back-and-forth between the two methods as needed. I think I just need more practice with this method.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Measure carefully and take the time to return to the videos to help you get through any part of knitting the sock that seems confusing to you. It will become clear. Measure your gauge carefully. Give yourself time to settle in to sock knitting if you are new to it. Practice does help! I would recommend beginning with a simple stitch pattern like my 1x1 ribbed cuff, 2x2 leg and top of the sock or maybe a stockinette stitch instead of a more complicated pattern. If you are already accustomed to sock knitting and just want to learn to make-up your own socks; go for it! This is a great class because Donna is patient and also offers many tips to make your socks fit perfectly and to help you design your own unique socks. Thanks Donna!

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Kathy, what nice work on these socks! I just finished my first sock! I'm taking Donna's class on 'toe-up' socks and find it so addictive. I couldn't find socks that fit either so decided to try to knit my own - think its going to work for me. I have always been an English style knitter also and am trying to switch. I have the knit stitching down pat but I, too, am still having to change to the English method for nice purl stitches. Hope I get the hang of it soon....

09/22/2012 Flag

Thank you! I first signed up for Toe Up but read something about Cuff Down being easier. So I began this class first. I am finding sock knitting addictive, too! I guess it's a lesser addiction than most. thought knitting continental knit stitches was so awkward at first but now find that it's easier for me now than English. I suppose continued practice will improve our comfort level with continental knitting of purl stitches, too.

09/23/2012 Flag