Help with socks!

Hello all, I am new to the forums.

I am taking a sock knitting class, since I can’t seem to figure it out for myself, lol! Anyway, we are knitting them on two circular needles. I have the cuff done and I have been working on the leg. The cuff was knit in a k2 p2 rib, and it came out fine. My problem is when I switched to st st for the leg, it almost looks like I have a run in it on one side, and it happens to be the side where I joined the round. I’m not sure if I’m not pulling the yarn tight enough? If it matters, I’m using Berroco Sox yarn. Thanks for any and all input!

Nice illustration…did ya drop a stitch:think:

I haven’t dropped any stiches, I’ve kept careful count and I have exactly the number I should on each needle.

I believe that’s called a “ladder,” and it is indeed from not pulling the stitches tight enough where you join the round. I always pull that first stitch extra snug.

Your sock looks lovely! :cheering:

What you have is ladders. Ladders occur when you change from knit to purl or between needles when using double point or circular needles. The main issue is change in tension. It appears that you are using circular needles, if you are using Magic Loop too short cable can contribute to the problem.

The important stitches when changing from one needle to another is not the first stitch but the second and even the third stitch. There is not enough grab to the yarn to maintain tension with only one stitch. When you switch between needles, pull the yarn tight on the first, second and third stitch. I even use my finger on my right hand to hold the needles against each other as I knit the first few stitches. A second trick is to knit a couple of additional stitches every two or three rounds. This will have the cross over stitch move around the row.

Thanks so much! I figured it had something to do with my tension. This is my first attempt at socks and my second attempt at circular knitting. I think I’ll just live with it for now, since I’m sure I’d end up dropping a ton of stitches if I try to pull it out and re-do it.

Thanks everyone!

You might try to spread the extra yarn out over some more stitches. Start at the bottem, away from the needle and work the extra yarn out over 2-thirds of the stitches in the row. Then move up to the next row.

I’m taking a sock knitting class also and we are working on the same part as you.We have the cuff done and are working on the leg. We are using 5 DPN tho- Was hard at first with all those needles, but gets easier as we go along. We are to have 6 inches done from the top for class next week.

We are supposed to have the leg done for next class so we can work on the next part, the heel flap I believe. Getting started was a pain, but once it got going it was easier.

Cacuun, I’m not sure I understand what you mean. I have a total of 56 stitches over two circular needles, so 28 per needle. Do you mean I add more to the 56 I already have?

No extra stitches.

I wasn’t sure if I explained it right. You have an extra long stitch at the side where you cross from one needle to another. Starting at next stitch to the left, pull most the extra yarn through, to the next stitch down the line Then move one more stitch to the left and pull the yarn through so that most of the extra yarn is pulled through to the third stitch, but not all. You are taking the extra yarn from the cross over point and spreading it to the rest of the stitches on that needle. In this way in stead of having one very large stitch at the cross over you get 28 stitches that are only a little larger. By spreading out the extra yarn over all, or many, of the stitches on the needle no one will notice.

Ah, I see what you mean! I’ll have to go find me a small crochet hook. Thanks!