MONKEY socks, anyone?

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]I hope I’m not the last one knitting these,…they’re so gorgeous, surely we’ll do them again and again.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]This is my second attempt, the first try being frogged because I ran short of yarn.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]I’m following the chart this time, rather than the instructional text, and finding it much easier going ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]I’m using some solid pink Chinese wool purchased here…[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]and I think that the natural stretchiness of it is going to be a real asset.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=#00bfff]Here’s my progress so far…[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=deepskyblue]Please join me, and share pics if you’ve got them ! I don’t mind seeing ones you’ve already knitted…just want a little monkey company !:lol:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

I just finished my first pair of monkey socks last night. They are only my 3rd pair of socks, and I have only been knitting 4 months, so they aren’t too hard. Just remember that the lace pattern is not very stretchy. At the LYS where I knit a couple of days a week, we are having a sock of the month KAL right now. We take turns picking a pattern for the month, then everyone knits it out of what ever yarn they want.

One lady knit her monkey socks with a larger size needle on the leg/cuff (size 2) they went back to the size 1 for the heel, foot and toe. Just a suggestion in case your socks seem too tight.

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]Thank you, Jill A. That sounds exactly right to me. The first attempt I made at doing the Monkey – :lol: – I used an acrylic boucle’ baby yarn that had NO GIVE, and I could hardly get it on over my heel…I frogged it later, for lack of yarn, but it was really coming out lovely…see here…[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=red]http://www.flickr.com/photos/dottycam/426113593/in/set-72157594397200980/[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]But this yarn I’m using now has proven to be the stretchiest I’ve ever tried, so I thought it was the perfect candidate for another attempt…and it seems to be working out very well ! I’m using size 2 dpns, (can’t remember -and didn’t note- what size I used the first try), and I think I will switch to 1’s for the foot part of the sock.:happydance:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#9932cc]Please share pics of your finished socks…I have trouble with resizing photos for this site, but I have found that using this link works like a charm…http://www.shrinkpictures.com/create-avatar/[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#9932cc]I just save the downloaded file to my computer and then add it through the ‘manage attachments’ button.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#9932cc]Here’s last night’s progress…I’m fixing to get them out in just a minute and do the last repeat of the chart before the heel. If I had an extra set of size 2’s , I’d go ahead and do the second sock up to the same point, but I don’t have the needles…I may put this one on a holder so that I can use the needles, anyway ! I’ve never done two socks at once, because I’ve been afraid that the first one wouldn’t fit, and I’d have two to frog instead of just one. But this one is looking like a keeper, and it WOULD be fun to be done with both at once ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=5][COLOR=deepskyblue]Hold the presses !!![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=5][COLOR=#00bfff]I found more size 2’s in my dpn roll !:oops:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=pink]Must have forgotten I had them…my age, you know ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=#00bfff]Anyway, I have officially joined the ranks of knitters doing 2 socks at once ! Granted, they’re not both on one set of needles like some can do, but atleast they’ll progress pretty evenly, and there won’t be such a wait for the pair to be finished ! :woohoo:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=#00bfff]I’m 8 rounds into the ribbing on the second sock, and left the first one waiting for the heel to begin.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

Those socks are neat! :knitting:

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]Progress photo…[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

These are on my to do list. Have to finish Wyvern and a pair I am test knitting first.

I am doing wyvern too, but monkey is just gorgeous!!

I muuuuust make them! I’m going to get the yarn very soon - do you all think it would be just as beautiful in a solid color?

I just started these last week! I am not very far, but I love them so far. Glad to see that some others are doing it also.

I don’t [I]want[/I] to make Monkey socks. I [I]need [/I]to make Monkey socks. :wink:

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=magenta]Allright, girls ! Glad you’re all joining in ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT] :woohoo:

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=5][COLOR=lime]I finished mine tonight !:happydance:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=5][COLOR=#00ff00]I can’t wait to see your progress ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=royalblue]hi, redhead ! I remember you from chat ! DO THE MONKEY ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

Oh goodness, those socks look amaaaaazing! Did you do the same length of cuff as the pattern called for? I’ve only knit socks with about 20 rows of cuff, but I think I would like to make them just the size of yours with this pattern. The color really shows off that awesome lace pattern! Nice work :smiley:

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=royalblue]Yes, redheadrachel !..I did the cuff with the 6 repeats that the pattern called for and my foot took 7 repeats (I wear a size 8 1/2 or 9 ladies’ shoe).[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=royalblue]I think I must have cast on the two different socks on two different sized needles, because they fit differently. I always go bigger than what I knit the socks with, but I think I must have used a size 6 for one, and a size 8 for the other. I keep both in the case with my sock knitting needles, and they are the same color:hair:. Both socks fit, but one ribbing is definitely looser than the other.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=#4169e1]I do love the taller cuffs ! Luckily these were that way without any changes…and I still had 110 yards of yarn left when I was done ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

Hi I am new to this site and as I have the sock bug I would love to knit the monkey socks where do I get the pattern???

It’s at the very beginning of this thread, but here it is again: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTmonkey.html

Ooh, I just started my first one! I decided to only do three repeats of the lace pattern before the heel, but I’m really excited! This pattern is just so fun to work!!! :smiley:

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=magenta]Go, redheadrachel, go, go, go !:knitting:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=magenta]Isn’t the pattern easy? The first time I tried it, I used the written instructions, and it was much slower. I found that looking at the chart kindof ‘put it into my head’, like shorthand or something ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

Ooh, following the chart - that’s a good idea. I tend to shy away from charts when the same thing has written directions, but I’m going to try it and see if that works it up a bit quicker. Thanks for the tip, that’s what KALs are for!! :thumbsup:

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=darkred]Anyone following this thread…be sure and check out the [SIZE=5]"[COLOR=red]Any Sock KAL[/COLOR]",[/SIZE] too ![/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=4][COLOR=darkred]It’s going to be an ongoing thread, kept alive with ANY sock that you are knitting on…whether it’s your first, your last, or just your next ! :thumbsup:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]