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Filed under: Knitting, Socks, Finished Objects, Baby Items, Knitting Patterns, Classes, Designing — Kristi at 9:20 am on Thursday, April 10, 2008

2X2 Triple T Socks

Pattern: Triple T Socks (2X2 Rib, and Mock Mini Right Cable versions) (Ravelry)
Designer: Designedly, Kristi
Size: 5″ Circumference, Toddler
Yarn: Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock, Lullabye
Needles: 2 - US2 (2.75mm) 16″ Circulars
Gauge: 8 sts/in
Knit For: My Sister Knits Class Sample

I call this a “sorta FO” because they are a pair of socks, that were knit together toe-up on two circs, but they don’t match. I have another non-matching “pair” on the needles as I type. They are all four samples for a class I will be teaching in May at My Sister Knits. It’s a Two Toe-up Socks on Two Circulars class.

2X2 Triple T SocksFor me, the big advantage (besides minimizing yarn waste) of knitting toe-up socks is not having to swatch. You can start the toe and take it up to your “usual” stitch count, measure your gauge and make any adjustments to stitch count that may be required. Because of this, the pattern for the class (included with class enrollment) is going to be multi-sized (4″-11″ circumference in 1/2″ increments) and multi-gauged (7-10 sts/in in 1/2 sts/in increments) with tables similar to Budd’s Handy Books. I am also including four rib-based stitch patterns that can be plugged in, hence the need for four sample socks!

If you want more info on the class, I’ve added a link to the menu bar at the top - “Fiber Art Classes.” Just click on that anytime and get the latest info on classes I’m offering. There is also info there if you are interested in scheduling private knitting or spinning classes. I have also set up a mailing list for both class updates and knitting pattern updates. So go sign-up! And add patterns (AT) designedlykristi (DOT) com to your address book so you are sure to get all the messages.

2X2 Triple T SocksOkay, back to the socks :-) I absolutely *hated* this yarn when knitting it in my size. I tried it four times and couldn’t stand it. I’m so glad I pulled it out for these as the 36 sts at 8 sts/in makes it do a very pleasant spiral stripe. I actually like these little socks! I have to admit to having my doubts, but it was one of the few yarns I had in my stash that the shop was currently stocking. I do think 8 sts/in is a bit loose for Lorna’s, especially when ribbed, but I know that is the preferred gauge of many a sock knitter and for me time is of the essence so the small number of stitches was welcomed. If I ever knit with it again in adult sizes it’ll be at 9 sts/in or so I’m guessing.

Speaking of gauge, several of us have over the weeks discussed gauges for socks. In general, I like my socks nearly able to stand up on their own so that they hold up well to lots of wear. But, are you afraid of sock patterns that call for 9 or even 10 sts/in? What is your preferred sock gauge? Do you knit the same gauge no matter the sock yarn? For example, I find Lorna’s to be on the lighter side of the fingering classification, but others like Fortissima, for example, are heavier - do you use the same gauge for those? Myself, I change needle sizes and gauges depending upon the yarn most of the time, hence my patterns running anywhere from 7.5 sts/in to 10 sts/in (in a forth coming pattern yet to be published, or scheduled just yet).


Comment by aliceq

April 10, 2008 @ 10:04 am

For fingering weight yarn, I prefer 9 to 11 stitches per inch. There are vast numbers of published patterns that I won’t even try, because they want me to knit at 7 or 8 stitches per inch, and that’s just too loose.

Comment by Chris

April 10, 2008 @ 12:45 pm

They’re cute! I’m impressed that you could knit two different socks at the same time.

Comment by Toby

April 10, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

I change needles depending on the yarn from 2.5mm to 3.0mm. I knit tightly and my resulting stitch counts are 8 to 10 sts/inch. For my size 9.5 women’s foot I find that I need a stitch count in the mid 70’s on the 2.5mm needles and a stitch count in the mid 60’s for 3mm.

Honestly I never pay much attention to the gauge on a sock pattern - I go with my past experience of pairing yarn to needles and knowing how many stitches will give me the amount of negative ease I want. In the past I’ve been a bit scared of patterns calling for 10 sts/inch, but now that I’ve measured my gauge I wouldn’t shy away (I may order 2.25mm or 2.0mm needles so I don’t have to knit so tightly though).

Comment by CindyCindy

April 10, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

I’m from the sloppy school of sockknitting. If they don’t fit me, they’ll fit somebody. No gauge, no swatch.

Comment by mrspao

April 10, 2008 @ 1:50 pm

I bow to your great knitting skills. I don’t think I have the powers of concentration to knit two different socks at the same time like you have!

Comment by Jeanne

April 10, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

OK, I was wondering…I spotted these socks in Ravelry and was wondering why they didn’t match. I’m glad there is a reason.

Comment by limedragon :-: Harriet

April 12, 2008 @ 5:08 am

I like the not-matchy socks, very cute! I prefer a tighter gauge for my socks, so the soles will last longer. But I also usually go up a needle size (in mm) for the leg section.

Comment by Hillary

April 14, 2008 @ 8:30 am

I like toe-up socks for the same reasons. I think I prefer the tighter gauge too but I’m not a fan of super-tiny needles so I go back and forth about what’s more inportant to me.

Comment by dana

April 14, 2008 @ 9:56 am

i like my socks to be rather tightly knit, as does my husband. when i knit socks for myself, i prefer using 2mm needles. lately i have been knitting my own socks with sundara’s sock yarn, and the 2mm work very well. i have been using trekking for socks for my husband, and have been using a 2.50 or a 2.75. i knit all my socks on two circulars (usually addi turbos) and the small needle size does not bother me. it is always a surprise to me how fat the needles are when i knit something on a 4 mm or bigger…

Comment by Wanda

April 20, 2008 @ 8:01 pm

8 spi is pretty much the minimum for socks for me. I don’t like the fabric to be too loose. I generally knit socks on 2.25 mm or 2.5 mm. Nice job on the socks. I tried to cast on for two pairs of socks with Lorna’s Laces and it pooled terribly with different needles and stitch counts. I got rid of it and was happier for it. :-)

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