After about 3 days of working with the DPNs I decided there MUST be a better way. Those things suck! So, I decided to try making them with magic loop knitting instead. The results were MUCH better for me. The transitions came out much smoother and my joins were tighter. I haven't seen any sock patterns written for use with magic loop knitting but I gotta tell ya, it worked well for me. I made the sock with worsted weight wool (even though I know that isn't really "sock yarn") but I just wanted to practice how to do it and go through all the moves. I don't know about most folks, but I was very glad I didn't have a "perfect sock" in mind when I set out on this project. I just wanted to make something that sorta resembled a sock.
I learned A LOT doing this project. The sock is too big, it isn't stretchy enough, I totally bunked up the bind-off, I almost cried at least twice, but all in all it turned out pretty good for a first attempt. When attempting your first knitted sock - be sure you have a supply of wine on hand - it helps. Amazingly enough, it does actually look like a sock! My husband spent the rest of the night wearing just one sock. Amazing what love will make you do, huh? I have a picture below as well as in my Finished Projects photo file with my husband modeling his new solo friend. I guess I better get to work on the second one!