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Part of my day job as a graphic designer is producing and maintaining web sites. One of the sites I update regularly is for The Dayton Knitting Guild. This group of knitters in Dayton, Ohio are better than therapy. They are warm, welcoming and full of ideas. Whenever I can get to Ohio for a meeting, I feel like I’m wrapped in a hand-knit afgan of friendship. In addition to many community projects, they offer workshops, and an annual retreat. Member shops set up tables at the monthly meetings so supplies are close at hand. If you find yourself in the Dayton area, these folks would welcome you with open arms. Select this LINK to tour their site and take advantage of their free patterns.
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Actually, the Gansey sock pattern uses only basic stitches — knits, purls, increases and decreases. The pattern just creates the illusion of being complicated. If you’ve knit sweaters, you have all of the skills to do it.
Do you have someone close by who has knit socks? That would be the biggest help. Have you ever knit in the round with 4 needles? It feels awkward at first, but it gets easier if you stick with it. Now-a-days, they sell sock needles in 5-needle sets. That is easier than using 4 needles. Some folks knit socks with 2 circular needles.
You might consider knitting a small child’s sock first.
I found these helpful links on the internet:
Sorry to bother you. I went to the link and printed the pattern for the gansey sock. But, it is way above my knitting skills. I’ve knitted several sweaters in simple stitches, but not socks. Is there anywhere on the web that offers a pattern for a beginner. I have 4 knitting needles that I just realized are for socks. They belonged to a great grandmother, and have been lying around for years. How do I start?