FO – socks

I finished (well, there are ends to weave in) my first pair of socks this morning, Regia 6-ply “Oslo” colorway, grays, maroon, and rose bands with white/dark gray bands in between. Picture below. I did ’em the two socks on two circulars technique with 56 sts to a round on Susan Bates #3s. I think I’ll spring for Addis before doing another pair, because getting the stitches past the join was always a nuisance. Also, that wasn’t really enough stitches, I don’t think; the socks are just a little tight. Maybe 60 next time if I use that yarn again. But with 56 stitches two balls of yarn were exactly enough for the pair of socks.

One thing about two socks on two circs that I don’t remember seeing in the online tutorial is how to keep the yarn from getting caught in the wrong place between the needles. I was forever having to pull the whole ball of yarn through to avoid tangling. It took me almost the whole project to work that out. I finally learned to move the yarn so it was behind the working needle after doing the last stitch of the first sock of a round, to hold the yarn in front of the working needle (except right where I was forming the stitch) so it wasn’t caught inside the loop, and to pass the needle around over the left-hand sock yarn end when starting a new half a round. I don’t think any of that will be clear without pictures. All I can say is, I wish I had been more systematic about figuring it out at the start of the project, because it would have saved me a lot of time and aggravation.

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