?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Nov. 1st, 2006 @ 12:57 am Terrifying tale of the twice-knit toewarmers
Tags:
Okay, so it's a sock, but I really wanted a 't' word.

A long, long time ago, in a country not so far away, a group of mighty knitters (don't worry, I won't be able to keep this up) purchased copies of Lucy Neatby's Cool Socks, Warm Feet. The wise and purple-haired sage gives not only a bunch of patterns, but she also gives some really great ideas on unique things to do with the various self-striping yarns that are available. So, still several years ago this jester to the knitters started on some socks, in a checkerboard pattern, which changed on the colour change. (really it makes sense). I also did a short-row heel, which I loved, easy-peasy and no picking up side stiches. I put the sock away shortly after turning the first heel. Several weeks ago, I finished the first sock and started on the second. When I got the heel, I did it the same as the first, over 60% of the stitches and then barrelled down my second foot. Sounds good so far right?




This is where I was attacked by the stupids. You can see my silly error if you look really close (sorry my camera appears to have lost the ability to focus):




Yes, that's right I didn't move the stitches back and the pattern was 8 stitches too short. You know what that means. Sock carnage:



It was terrible, stitches leaping to their death! Wool ripped from its tidy pattern! And the resulting carcass:



Recovery started on Sunday:



And here I sit with warm toes and dead camera batteries!

Who does she think she is?
catspit
[User Picture Icon]
From:moo
Date:November 1st, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
I've never knit socks before and I'm a bit confused. What exactly went wrong? I guess I don't know what "moving stitches back" means.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:neeroc
Date:November 1st, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
When I did the heel I took 4 stitches from each side of the top of the foot. Once done, I forgot to move them back. It's a really bad picture, but in the second one down you can see that the checkerboard ribbing is only 3 repeats deep on the new sock and 4 on the old. I did that on both sides, so the pattern on the top of the foot was 8 stitches narrower, which amounted to over an inch of the pattern missing.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:moo
Date:November 7th, 2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
So, you decreased for the heel and forgot to increase when you were done? I'll have to take your word for it because they look fine to me!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:piknik
Date:November 1st, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
aww, those are so cute!! I personally couldn't see the error but I haven't done socks before, so maybe I don't know what to look for. :P

and I am *confident* that you will have pics as soon as your battery is charged!!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:neeroc
Date:November 1st, 2006 12:33 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
The soch should have been 50% pattern after turning the heel (which was done over 8 extra stitches). I forgot to move the stitches back onto the pattern needles (I do socks on 4 DPNs) so the pattern on the top of the foot was over an inch narrower on the second one.

Aye aye pictures will be acquired!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture Icon]
From:spring_violet
Date:November 1st, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
(Permanent Link)
Sometimes a little ripping back is good for the soul, or is that sole?

The socks look great! I wish I weren't afraid trying to knit a pair :)

(Reply) (Thread)