Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Sock From An Actual Pattern

So the sock "Project of the Month" is progressing,and some might be wondering why I put a sock in a "Project of the Month" bag, as I have generally made the projects things I might not get around to doing otherwise and I am almost always up for knitting socks. These socks I decided I wanted to use and actual sock pattern--something I haven't done in years.

When I make socks, I generally use a basic toe-up pattern and make a plain foot, a short-row heel, them pick a pattern for the leg. Works brilliantly, but there is a lot to be said for branching out, so I am using a pattern from this book
which I've had for a while but never used. I have to say, I'm rather disappointed in the book. I think it's confusing, and would confuse a novice sock knitter--possibly to the point of driving them to crochet. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) The author asserts that you can't have an odd number of repeats in a pattern for a sock, asserts that if your gauge/foot measurements don't tally with one of her charts that the knitter needs to choose a different pattern, and even states how many stitches should be on each needle. I think I understand why I was able to get the book used.

And my sidekick was thrilled that we did a little sewing last night
I can't decide if he thinks he's helping, or if he enjoys making it really difficult to cut out patterns. Of course, with a cat, it can always be both.....