Intimidated by Socks and dpns Part III


In this third and final part of "Intimidated by socks and dpns" I am, as promised, going to touch 5 topics:

  1. Zen of picking up stitches
  2. Zen of picking up DROPPED stitches
  3. Seriously getting Geeky with it
  4. How variegated yarn behaves in stockinette stitch
  5. How the journey to get there can be more captivating than the destination itself
1. Zen of picking up stitches

At some point, you have to pick up stitches when knitting socks. These stitches are picked up alongside the heelflap:


The instructions of the pattern I was working with, said to slip every first stitch while working the heelflap. Why is that? Well, this is because alongside the ridge of those slipped stitches, you are going to pick up stitches later on.

Over at is an excellent video tutorial about picking up stitches in the "and more" tab of the basic techniques section.

Now picking up stitches was for me very difficult in the beginning. I would fail time and time again... but I kept on trying and finally I got the hang of it. Just remember... with every stitch you pick up, breath in... and once the stitch is picked up, breath out...

Just keep on breathing, okay, and things will be just fine. If you get frustrated, lay down your work and walk away. Once you find the peace of mind again, go back to your knitting work, and try again. And remember... it is just picking up stitches...

2) Zen of picking up DROPPED stitches

Ever had this happen to you:


Notice how the green strand in the back is not attached to the stitches that are hanging their heads down? Mercy mercy me, those are called dropped stitches... Now I can say to you not to panic, but I know you will.

So panic for just a little bit, scream for all I care and then gently put your work down and s-l-o-w-l-y back away. Take a deep breath, and rest assured that when you find yourself in times of dropped stitches troubles, crochet hook and a US#1 needle will come to you:


Take another deep breath, and with the needle, catch the dropped stitches so that they will not drop any further down your work:


In order to whip them back into the place they belong, you use the crochet hook. Put the very first stitch you are going to whip into place again, from the "rescue needle" to your crochet hook:


Now remember that green strand the stitches dropped down from? Make sure that green strand is now around your crochet hook next to the stitch that needs to be whipped into place again:


Next step is pull that green strand trhough the stitch next to it and you have safed your first dropped stitch! :


Slide that safed stitch from your crochet hook onto the needle it belongs (that would be the bamboo needle on the left in the picture). Now that you have whipped that stitch into its place again, continue to do so with all the other stitches untill everybody is in place again!

in place

Remember... they are just dropped stitches. They won't kill you. You are the boss of them and with the help of a crochet hook and a "rescue" needle you will be just fine.

4) How variegated yarn behaves in stockinette stitch

I realize that I could go on and on about this so I decided to dedicate another post to this very topic. So I think I will skip this one for now!

5) How the journey can be more captivating than the destination itself

When I started my journey with the Great Adirondack Soxie yarn I was simply thrilled. I so much loved the yarn when it was in a skein, and I so much loved the yarn when it was wound up in a ball.


The uplifting colors from the stitches on my needle would make me knit faster and with every change of color I was in heaven. From soft pink, to fuchsia, to orangy pink, to orange to yellow and finally to go into the green, bleu and grey. I LOVED IT! It genuinly brought me joy. The silky feel of the yarn made it truly a pleasure to work with.


As for the endresult or so to speak "destination", the sock what can I say. I like it. I am not loving it... I think it is okay.


I think what I am trying to say here, is that I don't particularly like how the colors of this variegated yarn behave in stockinette stitch... But as promised, I am going to dedicate a post just to that very topic. And now, I am DONE talking about socks!!!


Aw, disappointment? Too bad.

Aw, disappointment? Too bad. I think they're beautiful. (However, I usually avoid the variegated yarns because I like doing patterns.)

I think your sock series was quite good, informative, and useful. Unlike you, though, I graft the tips of my socks.

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