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March Socks–Lessons Learned

On April 1 I just sat myself down (southernism) and made myself finish this pair of socks which I really started Feb. 2.  The yarn is CTH Supersock in shades of purple, from the Stash.  Both socks are knit from patterns design by Lori Law of Oceanwind Knits.  Here’s the saga . . .

Sleepy Hollow

I first saw this pattern on Yarn Harlot’s blog.  I was intrigued by the gusset design.  It’s a top down sock—my pref—which works the heel flap and the gusset together in the round.  I expected to love this, but I didn’t.  It’s a well-written pattern and most of what I didn’t like is purely personal preference.  Yarn Harlot loved this design.

The leaf lace design is charted in a way that scrambles my brain and made it harder to quickly “see” the design and get free of the chart.  —– I made some changes in where I began the round and ultimately solved that, but I never had fun knitting this pattern as a sock cuff.  That’s the crux of the matter—sock cuff—because I really love every leaf lace pattern I’ve ever seen.  Again, it’s beautiful, but my lack of enjoyment really made me find excuses NOT to work on this.  I just gave it up in the end and today I put a plain foot on it just to finish.

[I am resisting the urge to lecture you on why it is so important to swatch patterns before starting a project.  If they are new or hard, you learn it in the swatch; if they don’t entertain you, even more reason to learn it in the swatch.  Guess I didn’t resist all that much.]

The gusset creation and decrease was an interesting intellectual project.  The directions were good and it was easy to do.  But on me, the fit sucks.  The heel flap is too short and it doesn’t have that lovely “cupped” heel feeling my standard heel has.  This could be altered of course, but not by me.

I’m glad I knit this sock.  I learned some things from it.  Now it’s done.  Notice I said sock—one sock—because I didn’t knit the second one the same.

Persephone’s Sock was a much different experience.  Loved it!!!!

The cuff pattern mixes twisted and untwisted knit sts with purls for a ribbed effect.  The yarnovers give a bit of lace and make the unstretched cuff look cool.  It’s a simple 4-row pattern which is easy to “see” so you are quickly off the chart.

Stretched is even better.

The Sleepy Hollow heel had me spooked, so I used a standard slip st heel flap.  It fits well and feels the way I like.

The gusset area is all purl sts:   A bone simple way to get a very neat look.  I really like it and will use it again.  I picked the sts up from the gusset normally and then began my purls on the next row.  Easy and attractive!

Once you finish the gusset decreases you then start to create the arch.  I loved this. My least favorite part of knitting a sock is the foot.  Turtlegirl 76 says it’s because I wimp out and stop knitting the cuff pattern on the instep (She knows me pretty well.)  This really rocked my boat.

You continue the instep pattern, but you decrease it two sts every other row, replacing those stitches with knit sts on the sole.  This gives you a lovely V on the instep in the pattern as well as building in an arch that hugs your foot gently.  You aren’t glued to the pattern, but your mind has a little something to do.  The result feels great on my foot.

Now to figure out how to add this technique to all my socks!

Socks are my “go to” portable knitting and I’m rarely looking to complicate the process.  However, taking the time to try new techniques can result in pleasant surprises.  And even if all you learn is how much you really prefer what you’ve been doing all along—Well, that’s good to know.

April socks will be for Steve.

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One Response

  1. Ooh pretty! Arch you glad you gave this pattern a shot? hehehehe

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