A few weeks ago, I ordered a kit to learn to knit socks with 2 circs. (I know, I know...but it was only $17; it came with 3oz of hand-dyed Merino yarn (sport-weight), 2 16" size 5 circs, 2 stitch markers, 2 safety pins, and an instruction book). The yarn is OK - it's blue and violet and purple (ick!) but - what the hey. I don't want to attempt a new technique with my handspun, in case I don't like it and end up tossing it across the room.
So. The instructions say "CO 44 stitches Loosely". I have a problem with this. Even on size 5's, there is NO way 44 stitches will stretch to fit around my heel. (And, what's up with the size 5s for sportweight? If this was my handspun, I'd be on 3's...Maybe 4's, but not 5's. Not for socks, anyway!)
I did my usual "measure the ankle, multiply by 3 to get the long tail, then cast on" routine...and when I hit 44 stitches, I had only used up *maybe* 2/3 of the tail. Hmmmmmmmmmm. What to do, what to do?
I went ahead and continued casting on...hit 60 stitches before I felt "done". Sat and looked at it; looked at the instructions.
See, I bought the kit so I wouldn't have to *think*. Just blindly follow, and spend my energy "mastering" this technique. *sigh* I ripped out the CO, and started over, with a slipknot and the basic loop caston.
Only, I got fancy, and reversed my loops every 2 stitches (for, y'know, knit and purl...yeah, I can be pretty anal sometimes.). Looked at it, ripped IT out....did the backwards loop normally, and read the next instruction: "Now, separate the stitches - put 22 on each needle".
Err, yeah - only it's almost impossible to do that neatly with the loop CO. *sigh* Back to the frog pond.
I guesstimated the length of the tail, and did a long-tail CO, separated the stitches, and started. Let me tell you, I do NOT like this technique at all. I'm not confused - so far (round 6) I haven't mistakenly picked up the wrong needle, I haven't reversed the knitting; I just do NOT like it. I can't get into the groove.
DPNs make sense to me: you knit each stitch as it's presented; when you reach the end of the needle, you rotate the work 90* and keep going (I use 5 DPNs by choice). This? I knit 22 stitches, then have to flip the work around 180*, sort out the way the yarn is feeding off of the ball, shift the stitches, THEN I can continue knitting.
All this, and there is NO way these socks will fit *ME*......at least I have someone in the house that they will fit.
Herself will be pleased, I think......of course, this means that I won't be following the pattern - for growing kids, tube socks are *the* way to go. They fit a lot longer. Hmmmm, if I did put in a heel, Himself could wear them when she outgrows them.....