Ribbing Repair?

[color=indigo]I just noticed a “hole” in one of my first pair of socks OTN. It appears in the 2x2 ribbing section, and appears to be a dropped stitch. but, it is about 6" back, and seems too far for ME to do a crochet hook rescue and repair. If that’s so, how might I now “fix” this? Variegated yarn will not likely show a repair, so I just need to close the gaping hole.



Maybe you could pick up the ladders and then sew the dropped stitch on the inside. That’s wut I did with my first sock when I found a dropped stitch after I was done with the sock. Someone could probably think of something else that’s better though. :shrug:

If you don’t want to frog it or rip back to the error you could just thread a needle with the same yarn, grab the stitch and then weave in the ends so it doesn’t go further. I think that would be fine on socks.

[color=indigo]It LOOKS like a dropped stitch, but I could well be wrong. I guess a yarn weaving repair would work, assuming I can figure out how to do that. Laddering down would involve >30 rows - too much for me.

I just noticed that there is a clear difference between the sock I did on DPNs and the one on 2 circs. One is much tighter, but I’m not sure which is which now. Do DPNs usually produce tighter knitting (k2p2 ribbing) than do two circs?


If you are sure that they were all the same size, my guess is that your tension was different, with needles of the same size the stitches should match. Perhaps one method is something you are more comfortable with either because you had used it before and were familiar with it, or you just found one way easier to learn and seemed intuitive? If you found one method easier or were familiar with it, I’d guess that’s the sock that ended up bigger… yes?

If this doesn’t resolve itself, I’d say do both of a pair with the same needles in future, and remember to swatch with the needles you intend to use.


[color=indigo]I am in midst of my first pair of socks. I started one on 4 DPNs; the other on 2 Denise circs - just to be sure I could do both techniques. Worked about 9" in 2x2 ribbing and all looked very good. I then decided that the DPNs were an unecessary struggle, so I moved each sock to a Denise ML to knit the foot in stockinette.

Despite what felt like some tug-of-war with the 5" bamboo DPNs I do not have any ladders in the ribbing, BUT the apparent gauge of each is quite different. One is a lot tighter and more even, but I cannot now tell which is which. The stknt of each looks the same (both being done on ML).

I think that the 2 circ technique is the easier and faster of the 3 methods, but I do like the tighter, more even ribbing that I have. Do you think it would more likely have been the product of the DPNs or the 2 circs? :shrug: Very puzzling.

I am enjoying making socks and looking forward to my second pair. This time I will do all in the same technique.[/color]

I’m not aware of any systematic difference due to the needles. I really think that the difference is due to you knitting a bit differently with one method.
Are you saying that you can’t remember which method you used to make the pair with good ribbing, and which technique gave the worse ribbing, but you would like to know so you can use it next time to get good ribbing? Bummer… if I had to guess, I’d say you would be more likely to knit tightly on the sock you were finding difficult, which sounds like the DPNs. Sorry.
But, I and many others have noticed a vast improvement to ribbing after adopting Nona’s technique of wrapping the purls in the other direction (combined if you knit Conti, but works fine in English, just wrap clockwise instead of anti-clockwise). I thought I didn’t notice a difference… but I tried again with proper ribbing and it’s beautiful and even! You will probably want to purl tbl to straighten it out (a bit awkward in the round, unfortunately, but it becomes fluent quite quickly).
Good luck and please let us know how you find it!