Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Why Can't I Count?
Everyone told me the circle socks are not very stretchy. I kind of have cankles, too (that's fat ankles, where my ankles and calves are one big piece so: calf/ankle = cankle). I am making these socks for the Sock Knitters Anonymous June challenge (this group gives you 2 months to complete the challenge). I'm using the gorgeous Honey Crisp sock yarn by Huckleberry Knits that I bought at Apple Yarns during the 2012 Puget Sound LYS Tour in May.
Anyway, the pattern has an 8 stitch repeat (super easy by the way), and it calls for 64 stitches cast on. So, I am thinking brilliantly that I will cast on 72 stitches, to help with the lack of stretch, and the cankle situation. I can put 4 sets of 8 on one side of the magic loop needle, and 5 on the other. 9 x 8 = 72. That should fit me. But then I decide that I like this yarn knit tightly, so I drop down to a size 0 US needle. With 72 stitches, that should still be ok.
I did 4 and 1/2 repeats of the leg pattern. I split one skein of yarn, and because I had to add stitches, I am a bit worried that I will run out. These are more than 3 inches required to count for SKA, but won't be super long socks.
The heel is an Eye of Partridge pattern.
I added a small side garter stitch to frame them.
I am knitting these socks 2-at-a-time, of course. I finished the first heel, and was getting ready to start the second, when I realized that the first sock actually had 80 stitches, and the second sock only 72. I am not kidding. Somehow I never noticed that one sock had 7 stitch markers, and the other one 8. I couldn't believe it. How could I be so unobservant? How could I knit the legs and not notice this? And, what to do now?
I tried on both socks, and the 80 stitch fit much better. I actually could not really pull the 72 stitch sock over my heel. Not stretchy, indeed.
So I frogged the 72 stitch sock, and cast it on a 2nd pair of needles, and spend the last 3 days reknitting it. When I got to the heel, I put it back onto the same needle as the first sock, finished the heel turn, and went on with picking up both gussets.
I am back to working 2-at-a-time.
I REALLY love how the yarn looks on the heels.
I have finished the gusset and am now knitting the feet. The pattern has the circles stopping at the heels, and a plain stockinette foot, but I have continued the circles down the foot to the end of the gusset at least. I hope to finish these socks this week. I plan on wearing them.
They better fit.
At least they are now the same size.
Stay safe and well, and if you live in the USA, hope you had a wonderful Independence Day. We sure did.
almost shaping the planet with completely mismatched socks because I can't count to 10