Tuesday, October 7, 2008
FO: Knotty or knice socks
Done at last! Well, actually, they are a bit short but I couldn't bear to do another repeat of this very tedious pattern. There was lots of cabling, on every row of the "knots" part of the pattern, with all the knit stitches being twisted. Then I'd get confused and twist some of the plain knit stitches in the "columns" between the cables, aak! I'm happy with how they turned out, but wasn't too happy with the process.
The pattern is Knotty or Knice, by Chrissy Gardiner, from the Interweave Knits Fall 2008 issue (Ravelry link). Modifications included 1) Making the toe part in my own stumpy way, 2) continuing at 68 stitches past the heel, 3) stopping after 3 pattern repeats past the heel, and 4) doing 1x1 rib and suspended bind-off at the end. The pattern calls for just binding off without any ribbing, with a yarn-over-bind-off that was new to me. It just seemed like the socks wouldn't stay up, so despite my hatred of 1x1 rib, I did eight whole rows.
The yarn is Jojoland Melody Superwash, which has three variegated strands twisted together. I love the colorway, and I was kind of bummed that the three different strands are hard to see when the yarn is knitted up. You have to get really close:
I used US size 1 needles (thanks, Tina!) magic-looped, both socks at the same time. I have plenty of yarn leftover, probably about half of each ball, but since my scale battery died it's hard to tell. This yarn is very soft and non-itchy, so maybe the remainders will be turned into a hat. My only complaint about this yarn is that excess fuzz collects in a ring around the yarn, and has to be cut off once in a while. Other than that, this yarn is a delight, especially how the colors gradually change--very cool!