I have this dreadful problem when sock knitting with double-pointed needles, regardless of whether I’m using a set of 4 or 5 …. the full-blown, call-out ‘I’m so (enter as many blatant curse words known to you in as many languages as possible) BLEEPING frustrated with LADDERS!!!’ One might say ‘I’m hooked on ladders’ … as she chortles and chokes on her laughter, crazed by the heat and itchy, sticky wool fingers. In fact, one might even go as far as snobbishly saying ‘I consider ladders an attribute of my sock knitting.’
Yeah, right … sarcasm drips with the sweat that puddles under my boobs ….
Seriously. Ladders are a HUGE problem for me. They always have been. And yes, I’ve tried different bits of advice and tips, gathered from the lauded and acclaimed to the troops in the trenches. Twist the ‘join’ stitches by knitting into the backs. Tug the yarn a bit tighter a few stitches before and after. Switch the join stitches up by ‘re-placing’ them differently on the needles. Use 4 instead of 5 dpns. Yadda yadda yadda.
To be fair, some of the techniques work … to a certain degree … but I’ve done more than my fair share of tugging. You have to remember that I consistently knit socks on 2.25mm needles …. and there is only a limited amount of pulling and tightening one can do before one dies of a complications brought on by too much plastic surgery, resulting from clenched teeth and jaw, deeply furrowed brow and a gargoyle face that looks like it’s been frozen by a gallon of Botox. Seriously.
Besides … the yarn will have broken long before and this will lead to the inevitable self-impalement with the needles.
In search of relief and technique improvement, I have finally decided to attempt a ‘better’ means of sock creation. I am finally attempting the Magic Loop method … mostly because my feverish brain has finally cottoned on to how it is this works …. mostly. I do think I might have some questions or concerns when I get to the heel end of business, but I’m sure I’ll be able to figure it out.
And so I’ve set off down the ‘black diamond hill’ … cast on for a simple, plain and solid color 4-ply sock. Hopefully I won’t hit any snags or hooks, or inadvertently stab myself with my poles … time will tell whether I make it to the end of the run, as I battle the slippery slope called ‘The Ladder.’