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4-needle sock pattern?

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Marelli Tue 31-Jan-17 12:39:23

Does anyone know where I can get a women's sock pattern to knit on 4 needles, please?

Marmight Tue 31-Jan-17 13:13:31

4 needles Marelli shock. Good heavens, I can hardly use 2 grin

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 13:41:30

Someone has just given me a book of sock patterns (looks a bit daunting)

Do Ravelry have any free ones?

here's one

Welshwife Tue 31-Jan-17 13:51:40

If you come across any 4 needle ones with the old fashioned heel turning could you send me a link please? I have been looking for one of those for ages. Most patterns now do a funny sort of square heel but I think the heel turning sort is neater. Lots of sock wool about nowadays. Most of the socks OH wears I have knitted him.

Elrel Tue 31-Jan-17 14:00:02

We had to knit a pair of yellow wool socks on 4 needles in primary school, late 1940s. I remember taking mine home for my aunt to turn the heel! I've a 90 year old friend who is an excellent knitter, sometimes wears self-knitted socks. I'll ask her.

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 14:18:57

I'm not sure if the link is for a pair with heel turning (however you do that!).
Perhaps you will recognise it Welshwife

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 14:20:48

It says 'shape heel' with a few instructions saying 'turn'

LadyGracie Tue 31-Jan-17 14:33:54

I did my last sock on a short circular needle, it's a lot easier, the shape heel instructions do look daunting, but go step by step and it's quite straightforward. I've only ever knitted 3 socks though, I prefer bigger garments. I think LoveKnitting have a couple of sock patterns to download free.

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 14:40:02

Three socks? grin

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 14:40:43

I knitted a small hat on three needles, what a struggle that was!
Perhaps four would be easier.

AlieOxon Tue 31-Jan-17 14:47:57

I used to be able to do 4 needles, but have never made a sock.

Am now wondering if I should,as I am having great difficulty in finding socks which are not too tight a) at the top and b)round the heel/ankle, I seem to have very big heels!

(Please don't send links to soft or comfort top socks, as I've tried the ones I can afford and they all SHRINK.
Then my feet swell more.)

I could try a 4 needle sock pattern....

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 14:51:45

AlieOxon do you put socks in the tumble drier?
We found that makes them shrink; I dry them on a rack now.

Marelli Tue 31-Jan-17 15:08:09

'loveknitting' has free downloadable patterns but they all seem to have the ones with a square heel, like you were describing, Welshwife.
I'll have another look at Ravelry, Jalima.
I want to do some jazzy ones for myself - brilliant sock wool on eBay, but not the right patterns, unfortunately!

whitewave Tue 31-Jan-17 15:55:44

I do think woollen socks are good this time of year. I don't k nit them, but have bought some gorgeous Exmoor sheep wool socks from a company in Devon. I think natural materials are always nice. Buy them for DH as well.

Welshwife Tue 31-Jan-17 15:57:48

I normally use about a four ply weight yarn to make socks and get it in John Lewis since the little wool shop I used to use closed.
I have just discovered a disaster! Because of this thread I decided to look for the name of the wool - I usually have a pair of socks on the go to fill in any time between doing other things - found my bag with a finished sock and a half done one - but not only was there no wool band but the pattern is gone too!!!!! I will need to have a huge search now to see if I can find both- I think the wool is a Patons or Sirdar one. Comes multicoloured and makes different patterns as you knit.

whitewave Tue 31-Jan-17 15:59:54

I do wish I was more practical and creative. The spirit is definately willing but the flesh is pathetic.

Welshwife Tue 31-Jan-17 16:12:28

Once you get the hang of it it is easy enough. My mum taught me to use four needles when I was a child. However it us very helpful to mark the beginning of the row.

Marelli Tue 31-Jan-17 16:17:20

Welshwife, I've been searching and have found a website. I searched for 4 needle sock patterns and this one came up : Free Vintage Knitting, with a printer -friendly pattern for the socks. It's American but I think the only difference would be ensuring the appropriate UK needle size. The heels are the 'turned type'.

Welshwife Tue 31-Jan-17 17:54:46

Thank you - will take a look.

Have done a bit of searching and it is Regia sock wool I have used very successfully.

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 18:24:06

Welshwife have been having a sort-out of an untidy cupboard and found a jumper half done which I started for DD when she was about 8, she is in her thirties now.
There doesn't seem to be a pattern with it either.

Welshwife Tue 31-Jan-17 18:47:10

I only started the socks last summer! Luckily OH's feet are still the same size!

FarNorth Tue 31-Jan-17 20:45:35

I have only ever knitted one sock on 4 needles, in primary school. Never got round (so to speak) to the 2nd one. I did manage a pair of mitts on 4 needles.
Ours was the last class in our school to have to use 4 needles. The next class did something namby-pamby on 2 needles.

Sorry, I'm no help really.

Marelli Tue 31-Jan-17 23:02:23

My last effort was at primary school too, Farnorth. Orange mittens, which ended up more of a dull fawn and a bit matted by the time I'd finished them!
56 years later, I'm having another go - and all because a friend of mine has sent me a photo of some socks she's made. She's very clever, craft-wise, and has also sent me a photo of a cactus that she'd knitted. confused. I'll just stick with trying to do the socks.

Jalima Tue 31-Jan-17 23:05:52

We didn't do knitting at my primary school.

However, I remember making a very nice gathered skirt, navy blue with little flowers all over and embroidery round the hem. I wore it quite a lot!

As for knitting on more than two needles - the hat I knitted on three needles was not a great success because where I went from one needle to another there were three distinct lines of larger stitches up the hat.

I must have done something wrong.

Grannyknot Wed 01-Feb-17 08:35:27

jalima that does happen, I combat it by making sure I pull the first knitted stitch tight as I start on the next needle, and when the knitted piece is complete, and I wash it, I ease that "stitch ladder". Finally, I think of all those expensive bought garments that have a label that reads "There may be natural variations in this handmade garment". grin

There is a way too that you can tighten loose stitches with a crochet hook, will see if I can find it.