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Time to give up?

Well, the Aran Cable socks from Knitpicks have been frogged again. Last time it was 85% of the cuff. This time was more painful--I was 3 inches into the foot. However, a sock you can't get on isn't very useful.  For some reason the cuff didn't want to expand enough. I remember seeing on a list that the cuff's fit was tight. My solution was to do a short cuff (about half the pattern length). Nope. Hmmm.

On the bright side, I may have solved my usual foot problem. Whenever I knit socks the entire heel area, to halfway up the foot ,is too big. I shifted down to 0s on this (one needle size), and through some contortions I think I have determined that that part would have fit perfectly.

I think I'll stop working this pattern (which is too bad, since I've finally got it in my head) and do a simple pair with self-striping yarn and work on getting the foot to fit right (see if it was a fluke or a save), then go back to these. Which means the Brigit socks (from Ravelry) will have to wait, since they involve yet more cables.

To make life even more interesting, these are calling my name. Got the pattern, now to get the wool. They're just funky enough I might try to wear them with garb, though I think a different color, and I may adapt the pattern a tiny bit and knit the hand in the round. I hate seams (cause I'm lousy at them).

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patrikia
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:34 am (UTC)
Walk away from the aggravating socks!!!

Yes, I had the same problem over the weekend. Sigh.
wyz_azz
Aug. 5th, 2008 09:45 am (UTC)
I'm nearly finished with my pair of Brigits. Don't put them off! The pattern is more of a Bavarian traveling stitch than a cable and it's really easy to memorize. Also, no need for a cable needle as you're only ever twisting one stitch over one stitch.

Knit Pick's Essential (burgundy) and Knit Pick's DPNs in US#1. The traveling stitch gives plenty of elasticity around, not so much in the length (I finished the foot and was all "holy crap that's long", but it fits well). The heel is the basic slip sitch, so no surprises there.

Be brave, young knitress!
meirwen
Aug. 5th, 2008 10:17 am (UTC)
I shall be brave! Blue, I think.
meirwen
Aug. 5th, 2008 10:26 am (UTC)
Question
Did you leave the "not neccesarily a cable" stitch on the needle and then just knit the next (front or back, depending), knit the first stitch, then move both to the right needle? That's one of my favorite stitches for much bang for little effort. That would rock.
wyz_azz
Aug. 5th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
Re: Question
Mostly, yes:)

You can do the K the 2nd stitch, go back and K the first, slide both off for the first twist, middle twist and the last twist, and there are parts where you're twisting a K over a P to the right that can be done the same way. I haven't really figured out how to twist a K over a P to the left, except by picking up the P and leaving the K to hang as both are slipped off the L needle and quickly jamming the K back on the needle before I lose it.

But then, I are the lazy knitter:)

My Ravelry entry reminded me that the ribbing at the top was too loose w/US1's and I knit the second w/US0's and switched to US1's for the rest of the sock. Surprising considering my ginormous calf muscles.
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