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NYC Socks






I finished these socks awhile ago, but only got to weaving in the ends, washing them, and taking photos this week. The pattern is just a plain vanilla toe-up sock, which is pretty boring, but I find I wear plain or ribbed socks far more often than I wear fancier ones with cables or lace. The yarn I used is special, though, because it’s souvenir yarn – some Sock-Ease that I picked up at the Lion Brand store when I was in NYC with H in July. I love how the colours knit up, although I wish the finished sock were a bit tighter. I’m thinking about trying a US0 for my next pair, as recommended by a few friends. What size needle do you use to make socks? If you do magic loop, what’s your favourite circular needle brand? I always have trouble finding needles with cables that are both durable and flexible.
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  1. Plain old Vanilla socks are my favorite to knit. I typically use size 1 needles. My Karbonz DPNs are my favorites lately. I use my size 1 circular Karbonz sometimes too.

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Donna! I will look up the karbonz. How do you find the cord flexibility on the circulars?

  2. I bought a pair of 0 & 1 to make socks. I bought them at a crafters thrift store in Portland. I didn’t want to spend at lot of money on long needles if I wasn’t going to like it. I made a vanilla toe up sock with them using the magic loop and they were fine. I don’t knit socks that much, but I love wearing them.

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      A crafters thrift store? That sounds like heaven. I will have to get details from you if I ever make it down to Portland.

  3. Lee Lee

    Your socks look nice! I have wondered what that colorway looks like when knit and now I know-thanks! I enjoy magic loop especially when I use my size 1 Chiagoo red lace needle with a 40″ cable. It’s got great flexibility!

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Lee! I’ve heard such amazing things about the chiagoo needles but I had also been hearing recently that they were prone to breaking at the joint – have you had any issues? I knit a lot and do a ton of magic loop, so I tend to be quite hard on needles.

  4. I love the yarn. It looks very different in different lights. I always knit the same sock pattern again and again πŸ™‚

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Jill! Me too- I have a few favourites I always come back to πŸ™‚

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Sarah! Hope you’ve been having a lovely week!

  5. I love these socks, sometimes simple designs are the best πŸ™‚

    • kyliemw kyliemw

      Thanks Elise! I completely agree πŸ™‚

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