Okay, so i have completed my first set of socks. I am an experienced knitter - knitting for 56 years since i was 8.
i loved making them and so now i am making another pair. the first ones i made I followed the instructions from a youtube video by verypink knits. i found it to be an excellent sock instruction. she recommended using a worsted weight yarn for the first pair of socks which turned out to be easy, beautiful and the video was very helpful.
Anyhow, i am now knitting my third pair of socks with a sock yarn. but with this pair of socks i have noticed two undesirable things.
there seems to be holes in the area on the side of the ankles. there are no dropped stitches so i am confused as to why there are such big gaps. I do not knit loosely (or tightly).
i also seem to have weird holes and strange stitches at the point where the knitting changes to the next needle. i have ripped back the stitches where this has occurred and on some occassions it looks like i knitted counterclockwise totally changing the direction of my knitting but i can’t even imagine how this could be true. I have been extraordinarily careful to be careful (!) and have placed a marker on the outside of the sock so i didn’t somehow accidently make some unknown error. other times it looks like i dropped a stitch but i didn’t without any indication of a misstitch.
any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as i am spending more time ripping out rounds instead of having fun knitting. i’m also freaking out a bit trying to figure out what exactly i am doing wrong.