Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stick A Sock In It

Remember a couple posts ago when I said I was knitting a sock pattern that had a 72-row repeat? Here's a picture of the first sock, nearly done. The pattern has a series of ribbing that starts at the toe and sways back and forth across the instep and up the front of the leg and the other areas filled in with three different stitch patterns.

And it also crawls up the back of the leg, starting right after the short-row heel so there's no disruption of the pattern as there would be with a regular heel flap.

As I took these pictures I was feeling pretty darn smug about my knitting skills and loving that it was going much faster than I thought it would, even if I am knitting only one sock at a time instead of my regular two on two sets of dpns. And I was pretty confident about doing it from a chart, since that's not my preferred option. I was up to row 85 or so and sat down to finish the rest of the first sock. I looked at my pattern and thought, "Hmm, why is there just one k2tog in here with all these ssk?" I then realized that there were TWO kinds of single decreases (left leaning and right leaning) and TWO kinds of double decreases (left leaning and right leaning) in the chart. And that I'd only been using one of each. I'm calling it a design choice. And contemplating whether to reverse the lean on the other sock, since they're supposed to be mirror images. Oh, dear, I think I might need a wee nip and a lie down to contemplate that one.


  1. oh Bobbie - I hate when that happens. I think a little lie down is in order.

    I would knit the second sock as the pattern states and leave the first sock alone. That way you can see which way you like it - and seriously - is anyone going to notice when you wear the socks? The answer is no - unless you take them off and let a knitter examine them.

    miss you

  2. Barbara hit the nail on the head. You'll be the only person who knows, and you'll have to take them off and squint at them to see where the "innovation" is. That's a glorious sock! Wear the pair with pride how-ever you make the second one.

    Still got the gall-bladder? Then you might want to re-think that little nip with the lie-down. Grab Toolman and have some sex instead.

  3. I think it was Lucy Neatby that made the best comment - if they're that close to your knitted item, they better be stuffing dollar bills somewhere on you. ;-)

  4. Obviously this is a design feature. Mirroring the other sock will really nail it down.
    Knit on!

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