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Sock Talk - Binding off

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Sock Talk - Binding off

When you're finally done knitting your socks, there's one finishing piece left to do - bind off. Depending on where you started, you'll need different bind off methods. If you started at the cuff, you'll need to finish off the toe with an invisible bind off. You definitely don't want a ridge there. The best way is the Kitchener Stitch. You graft the stitches together so that it looks like the material just keeps going.     If you started at the toe, your bind off needs to be as stretchy as your ribbing. A traditional bind off won't have...

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Sock Talk - Heels

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Sock Talk - Heels

Heels are a fun area of a sock to play around, try different ones and figure out which ones fits you best or the ones you prefer to knit. They all have different benefits. Sometimes we'll choose a specific heel because of the yarn we're using. (Don't want all those nice stripes getting messed up.) Sometimes we'll choose a heel because of the look. Sometimes we'll choose a heel because of the fit. Some heels require a gusset section, some do not. Some heels are knit while you knit the socks, some are done after. A few heels I've tried...

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Sock Talk - Knitting in the round

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Sock Talk - Knitting in the round

Everyone has their preferred method for knitting in the round. Mine changes depending on the project I'm doing. For socks though, it's definitely the Magic Loop method. There are really three different methods of knitting in the round. Read through below for some explanations.   DPNS Using double pointed needles to knit in the round is the traditional method and it's still a favourite with many people. The stitches are cast on to three or four needles and then you knit with an extra needle. As pictured above, you hold the needle you need to work across in your left...

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Sock Talk - Casting on your socks

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Sock Talk - Casting on your socks

Socks begin with casting on whether you are knitting them toe up or cuff down. My preferred method is definitely toe up (two at a time!!) but with some many great pattern options, I may need to start doing some cuff down instead. Whichever method you choose, here are some great videos to help you with getting your socks on your needles.   Toe Up If you start your socks at the toe, you need to use a cast on that will look seamless on the end of the toe. My favourite is Judy's Magic Cast On.   Another one...

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Sock Talk introduction

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Sock Talk introduction

We're getting excited for June 1st when we kick off Sock-a-palooza. It will definitely be a sock-focused month as we try to knit and crochet as many socks as we can. I'll be sharing tips and tricks here on our Sweet Yarns' blog throughout the month. Make sure to read them all. You'll recognize them with our new Sock Talk image. One of the first things you'll need to get started on socks is definitely patterns. Ravelry has over 40,000 sock patterns listed on their website. That's a lot of socks! That's a lot of options too. I saved the...

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