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FO: Step Socks

Pattern: Plain stockinette socks, with welsh heel and star toe (from Knitting Vintage Socks.)

Yarn: Austermann Step, about 3/4 of a skein

Needles: US 0, Knitpicks Harmony DPNs for the one on my left foot, metal knitpicks dpns for the right foot.

Notes: I love the colors of this yarn, but I hated the actual yarn, which was splitty and thin.  I’m not a big fan of either the heel or toe I tried here, but it’s always good to try new things!  I like kitchenering my toes – it feels too fiddly to decrease down and then pull the yarn through.  My biggest discovery here?  That I have radically differing gauges in wooden vs metal dpns.  My gauge is much tighter with the metal dpns, as you can see in the photo.  The other sock will no doubt end up being a bit too big, since socks stretch, but the one knitted on metal needles is just right.  I enjoyed knitting with both needles, which were nicer than my usual dpn experience (crystal palace dpns usually.)

12 thoughts on “FO: Step Socks

  1. i like them! that’s funny that you got different gauge with different needles! i’ve never experienced that. i do not like crystal bamboo DPNs very much. i’d like to try the knit picks harmony set, but for now i’m sticking to wooden brittany DPNs!

  2. These are cute! I know that the feeling of finishing an unsatisfying-yarn project is not quite as great as the feeling of finishing a project where everything goes right, but still, it’s always nice to finish! I like metal dpns in size 1 and 0 — wood always feels too flexy to me, and the metal is more efficient.

  3. Hello,

    I also have different gauges with wood vs. plastic vs. metal. I am a tighter knitter on metal then on plastic. And am tighter on plastic then on wood. It becomes more of a problem when I am knitting a sweater on metal circulars then have to change to wooden double points for certain sections. Then the knitting really looks different. So planning ahead for needle changes becomes important. Unfortunately I am not so good at the planning part. Oh well…

    P.S. Those are really cute socks.

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