Oh, oh, it’s magic, you know….

I can knit socks with one needle, I betcha didn’t know it!

So, first I taught myself how to knit socks on two circulars (they don’t soar too much faster than the double-points – I think maybe it’s because the rythym of the DPNS are just etched into my brain).

And now, I’m knitting with one circular. Check it out… It’s magic loop!

I didn’t do it with any instructions either! I’ve known it was possible – and I’d seen photos before. So, I just thought about it logically and figured it out! It was pretty easy peasy.

So, what is the pattern above? Well, the red scarf, you should know. The sock is a future Pomatomus. I say future because it’s only 2 charted lines in – and so it’s not really a Pomatomus yet. It’s not even hinted at it’s potential greatness.

The yarn is Knitpicks Gloss (still loving it) and the needles are a Knitpicks Options Classic Circular 32″ long US2. When these needles first came out, a number of people wanted them longer so that magic looped socks could be knit on them – but I don’t see any problem with this length. Granted it would probably be a little difficult to knit two socks at once on one needle, but still.

Anyway, I still love these needles (see my review of the DPNS here). Great point and I love the flexibility in the cord. And of course, the slick finish is pretty nice. A part of me hopes they come out with a bamboo line though. I love the natural feel of bamboo sometimes.

Anyway, I find myself itching for some difficult socks (probably because I’m on my 3rd k2, p2 ribbed sock and I want to poke my eyes out). Obviously, Pomatomus will fit that bill what with it’s twisted stitches and complicated laciness.

But I also want to try my hand at some fair-isle socks. I have this pattern but my first attemt didn’t work out so well. The fair-isle was WAY too tight and after I knit 3 inches I tried on the sock and could barely squeeze the thing over my heel. (No, I didn’t knit a guage swatch – with socks, the first few inches are the gauge swatch in my book) – I’m thinking that I’m going to have to move up a needle size on the next try.

But I’m also toying with a sock pattern that’s in my head. It’s toe-up, and knit with my hand-dyed yarn – but I really think that the pattern (as it exists in my head anyway) will be really, really cool. But creating a new pattern, especially a sock pattern is going to be a little bit difficult. Not the sock that I want to be working on as I have a 1,200 word article due tomorrow. That’s why I’ve been reaching for my k2, p2 socks, as freaking ugly as they are.

Luckily, after tomorrow night, my stress level should go down drastically – and then, you better believe I’m pulling out at least one of those harder socks….

… or maybe I’ll finally plan out my mom’s sweater.

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4 Responses to “Oh, oh, it’s magic, you know….”


  1. 1 JulieFrick October 9, 2006 at 3:06 pm

    I haven’t tried the Knitpicks Gloss- what do you like so much about it? Give the Family Frick’s current fiscal outlook, KnitPicks is much more in my future…

  2. 2 kate October 9, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    so…..for someone who has never attempted knitting socks, but desperately wants to- should I try to do it on one needle???? any hitns, easy patterns, help? :)

  3. 3 elizabeth October 9, 2006 at 6:32 pm

    Good job mastering magic loop!

  4. 4 Patti December 25, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Good job on doing socks on the magic loop. I’m still trying to
    figure it out.
    Patti


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