Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Herringbone Ribs

With my red Take Fives complete, it was time to cast on another pair of socks. No matter how engaging I've been finding blanket blocks lately, they're just not suitable for carrying around to knit on the train and at work. Definitely need some socks on the needles!

For a couple of years I've had this Rainbow Yarn from Cricket Cove in New Brunswick in my stash. I made a start on Express Lane socks with it a few years ago, but decided the yarn was too busy for the pattern and ripped it out. Fast forward a few years when I seem to be getting a bit better at sussing out patterns for variegated yarns. For this yarn I'm going to try Herringbone Rib Socks.

The pattern is worked over 12 stitches - a pretty wide repeat for socks. Faced with that I figured that small needles would keep the sock to a reasonable size while allowing me to knit the top of the foot across 36 stitches for three full pattern repeats. The yarn is very fine, so there should be no problem there. Enter these 1.5 mm needles (US size 000)! Tiny, tiny stitches. I'll have to knit a few more inches before I can see whether this is working.


Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, that's some tiny needles. Those socks should wear like iron!

suse-the-slow-knitta said...

wow ! I've used 2mm dpns and thought they would break, I didn't think it was possible to use anything smaller without going insane.
good luck!

Frieda said...

Wow, you're brave , socks on 1.5mm needles ! I figure my usual 2.00mm are tiny . Good luck !

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Oooh that's pretty yarn!