Friday, January 20, 2006

I'm curious

After making 3 pairs of socks with no gauge or needle problems at all this whole Jaywalker thing has me a bit frustrated. I started on 2's with the 84 stitches. Frogged that and went down to the 76 on 1's. Yesterday I bought the Susan Bates sock set and switched to metal DPN's which are soooooo much better but I'm afraid now that the sock won't even fit on my feet! Anyway. This led me to wonder what everyone out there likes to use when making socks. Now I know it depends on what yarn you're using but let's just make Scout happy and go with what you use the most okay?

Take the poll and leave me some feedback. Can I have some Jaywalker feedback too please? I have a size 9 foot that isn't crazy large and I think I made a mistake in going with the 76 stitches. Good thing I'm only doing short ones. Last night my T. said, "Looks like someone's getting a nice pair of socks!" @*#%@!!

What needles do you use when sock knitting?
2 circulars
Socks? Are you kidding!?


Free polls from


  • Scout. Scout. Scout. The problem is you took TWO jumps down instead of ONE. You went from size 2s and 84 stitches to size 1s and 76 stitches. I would've tried 76 stitches on size 2s or 84 stitches on size 1s - not BOTH changes. I'm sorry if I'm the one who led you astray - but in my defence, I don't think I had all the information. ;-)

    That said, I use size 1 (2.5 mm) addis - two circulars. 76 stitches.

    By Anonymous Cara, at 5:54 AM  

  • Oh... but they were GIGANTIMOUS! lol

    Really, they was no way those would fit. I wonder if I should have done 76 on 1.5's? Who knows. Maybe they'll fit? You didn't lead me astray!

    By Blogger Scoutj, at 6:00 AM  

  • I'm a fan of bamboo all the way. I tend to bend metal needles all out of shape when knitting socks. :)

    By Anonymous katie, at 6:19 AM  

  • I'd go with 84 on the 1s, or 84 on 0s. I knit all my socks on 0s, but like I said I'm a loose knitter.
    But also, if your fabric is too loose, the socks won't fit well, and you'll feel every purl bump on your sole. The thing with this pattern is that the chevron thing really pulls in the sock, so it's hard to tell how well they will fit until you have a good two or three inches in the pattern.

    By Blogger Beth, at 6:30 AM  

  • I knitted my Lorna's Laces Jaywalkers (84 stitches) on two Addi Turbo 0s. That's the size I use for all my fingering weight socks - I knit pretty loosely.

    The Jaywalkers fit pretty well - it's not the foot size so much as the diameter of your foot at the ball. My size 11 feet are 9" around at the ball...

    Good luck! They're turning out cute... but if you have to rip them out, they'll go faster the 2nd time because you have the pattern down. Right?!

    By Blogger Chris, at 6:31 AM  

  • It's not the is the yarn! I have size 9.5 feet. I used 1.5 needles and did 76 stitches. A yarn with more substance is the best way to go. STR has more loft, more weight. Everyone knits differently, however. You may need to try a couple of times. It took three tries until I found the right combo.

    By Blogger margene, at 6:40 AM  

  • Oh Margene and Chris don't make me cry. I'm thinking 1.5's might be better too. I think I'll bring it in today and see what the girls in the shop think. I'll get a consensus and go from there. I'm on the heel flap already and I think I'll at least get far enough to see if I can get it past my heel.....

    By Blogger Scoutj, at 6:43 AM  

  • I started my first Jaywalkers on size 1 Clover bamboo. I didn't think they were going to fit and I thought I was going to run out (which I did anyways), so I switched to size 2 bamboo. BIG mistake (as I have already provided proof for). Much.Too.BIG and I ran out of yarn for the toes.

    I am on pair #2, size 1 Addi's, magic looping them, 84 stitches. A little tug over the ankle and they are fitting my size 11's perfectly. Though this pair is from Opal, not STR.

    By Anonymous Bethe, at 7:10 AM  

  • It depends on the yarn with me - I do metal DPNs or bamboo depending on the "slippage" of the yarn. Right now, both of my socks are on metal. Susan Bates, baby ;)

    By Blogger Lolly, at 7:21 AM  

  • I have small(er) feet - size 7, and I did the 76 stitches on size 1s. The fit was snug, but not tight.

    I have 10 vintage metal needles and they are just fantastic for knitting socks. The tips are polished from years of use so when I draw a stitch of the left needle it almost feels velvety. And now you know why I love knitting socks!

    By Blogger meg, at 7:29 AM  

  • I loves the metal myself. I use a LOOOONG circ, like, 40" and the magic loop mehtod to do both socks at once. I like the Addi's but you have to watch the mm on those. They run bigger than Inox, or Susan Bates, or even Bamboo.

    By Anonymous Julia, at 7:42 AM  

  • I use size 1 addis and do the magic loop technique. I made Jaywalkers on size 7s with 76 stitches for me. The leg is snug and the foot is perfect. They are wearable but next time I'm going to try 76 stitches on size 2 needles.

    By Blogger Carole, at 8:33 AM  

  • you are scaring me with this size thing and I haven't even cast on to the size 1's yet.

    By Blogger Ramona, at 9:08 AM  

  • I can't answer the poll because it depends on the yarn and the pattern. Lately I've come to realize that my sock tension has probably been too loose, so I've gone down to 1s, and it's usually bamboo. Although I also like metal, in either Inox (though now that I think of it, my Inox needles are 2s - I might need to get some more of these) or the Susan Bates alumninum ones.

    I've tried two socks on two circs, and it mostly made me mad. Back to dpns for me, baby.

    By Blogger Emy, at 9:11 AM  

  • I can't comment on the Jaywalker portion of the pattern, but as far as needles, I prefer Pony Pearls, they are plastic with some sort of stuff on the inside, so they're nice and bendy to me. I broke my bamboo needles and those dpns weren't that cheap to keep replacing them, (imo) and I didn't care for the aluminum ones at all. Those are my favorites, but many feel the points aren't sharp enough for picking up stitches, definitely a matter of personal opinion on them. Hope the Jaywalker sizing saga gets fixed for you soon!

    By Anonymous Wanda, at 9:21 AM  

  • I use one 29" addi (almost always size 1 with number of stitches adjusted for gauge) to do the magic loop method.

    By Anonymous Michelle, at 10:49 AM  

  • Metal DPNs all the way baby! I don't really have a brand preference as long as they're metal. I usually use size 1s for regular socks. I'm no help at all with the jaywalkers though seeing as I haven't jumped on that bandwagon...yet ;0)

    By Blogger Anny, at 10:55 AM  

  • Haven't knit the Jaywalkers yet, but I'm generally a metalhead all the way.

    By Anonymous cookie, at 11:33 AM  

  • Found you off the KAL - looooooove your Johnny Cash tribute. Fabulous!

    I'm with Cara - I'd try the 84 sts on size 1s. That's what I'm doing on my second... er, third... er... on THIS attempt on getting this pattern right. I LOVE knitting it, but making it fit? Gah!

    By Blogger Thorny, at 12:09 PM  

  • i've knit these socks three times and each time when tested for fit they were either too big or too small. For example:

    knitted the smaller size on #1's -- too small; knit the larger size on #2's -- too big. now, i going to try the smaller size on #2's. if this doesn't work, i'm giving up.

    missed my first snb meeting this week (due to business travel) but, look forward to knitting this sock with you.

    enjoy your weekend.

    By Blogger karon, at 5:39 PM  

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