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Q: Why are my socks inside out while Iím knitting them?

 

A: First, this is not a problem. It is a preference. You are probably knitting on the far side of the tube. If you look at the tube formed by your needles and the sock, are you knitting on the side closest to you or the side furthest away from you. If you knit with the needles on the side closest to you, you will end up with a sock that is right side out. If you knit with the needles on the side furthest away from you, you will end up with a sock that is inside out. See the following sites for pictures to help you understand this:

http://www.socknitters.com/lessons/lessons.html

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/twocirculars.html

http://www.az.com/~andrade/knit/circular.html

 

 

Q: Why do I need to wrap on a short row heel or toe?

 

A: When you stop and turn the work in the middle of a row (as you do in short row heels and toes), you need to do something to prevent a hole where the turn occurred. Wraps are one way to prevent the hole. There are others and each short row pattern will use a variation of a technique to do this. Try different ones and see which one you prefer. Each of us puts different amounts of tension on the yarn as we knit and this causes some techniques to work better than others for each of us.†††

 

 

Q: Why are there so many different needle materials and lengths?

 

A: Different materials suit different people based on their knitting style and experience. Fast, experienced knitters like slick, slippery needles, newer knitters like the friction of wood. Arthritic hands like the comfortable warmth of wood or casein. The tips on the needles are also different. Some are more pointed and others are blunt. Pointed tips work well with lace and finer yarns. Blunter points prevent yarn from splitting. Lengths also provide comfortable grips for different knitters. Some like the longer lengths and others like shorter lengths. Experiment with different needles (borrow some if you canít afford to buy different types) and see what you prefer.

 

 

Q: Why do I need to reinforce the toes and heels?

 

A: You donít always need to reinforce the toes and heels. Most sock yarns have nylon in them, which adds to the durability of the yarn. Also, if you knit the socks at a dense gauge you will get more wear out of them without reinforcement. Some people also feel that reinforcing with woolly nylon makes the yarn give way sooner due to friction and others swear by using it. You have to see what works for you and what your experience is because your use of the socks is as unique as your knitting. †††

 

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