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lolyttedesigns
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:08 am    Post subject: Just a quick question Reply with quote

I have finished my first pair of socks, and they have turned out shorter than I would have liked. Doing the kitchener stitch seemed to shrink a bit off the top of them where its meant to go up your legs. Is there any way to stretch them?

Where do you usually start the kitchener stitch with magic loop socks?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lolyttedesigns, I always use kitchner to close the toe, not the top of the sock so I'm not really sure of how you worded your question. Were I doing toe up socks, kitchner would not be part of the process.

In order to have a neat and well placed kitchner stitched toe, I start with an even number of stitches, half on the top and half on the toe end of the foot working on two DPNs at this point with a third (a yarn sewing needle) needle to work the stitch. I try to draw a line down the stitch row from the sides, where you stop adding stitches for the heel following the stitches through the sides of the foot. I find the middle top of the sock by dividing from those two points and lay the foot flat with the same number of stitches on the toe's top (on one DPN needle) as are on the toe's bottom(on the other DPN needle). Then, holding the tow DPNs parallel and snug against each other, go ahead n stitch them closed kitchner style with your working (the yarn sewing needle) needle.

I hope this makes sense. Confused

If I worked toe up, I'd use a stretchy castoff for the finish to allow the top edge comfortable ease.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with Knancy. Kitchener's stitch is a grafting stitch used to close toes. No idea where you'd use it on a toe up sock.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was watching a video tutorial (the socks were cuff down) and it said to start the toe decrease at the base of your little toe. So I did. They now seem too short at the toe and it has in turn shortened the length of the whole sock.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm stumped. I have no idea why it would change the length of the socks leg. How hard did you pull your sewing thread, too tightly may have changed the shape of the toe but not the leg length? I'm stumped.

I always say with kitchner stitch, for me it works best when you pull the thread until the stitch looks like a purl bump. Any tighter n it distorts the graft, any looser n you wind up with a spider web closure.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does the length from toe to heel fit ok or has it shrunk as well?
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it has. That may actually be the problem as I can barely get it past the heel. I think I started the toe decrease too soon
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aha, donnaf, you solved the mystery. It sounds like Lolytte is due for a bit of frogging. Welcome to the frog pond Lolytte. I seem to be spending a lot of time here myself. Confused Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lolyttedesigns wrote:
Yes it has. That may actually be the problem as I can barely get it past the heel. I think I started the toe decrease too soon


I think you just need to make the next sock foot a little longer..

I know that when I started making socks it was hit-or-miss there for a while until I got a feel for how long to make the foot before the toe decreases..

What you may have done, when you adjusted the numbers from the Sock-u-la-tor pattern is that you got a little over enthusiastic..
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