Wednesday, November 10, 2010

making a start with Julia


This is a very different sock than I've ever knit, this Julia sock. It's almost entirely ribbing. Maybe it's a bit hard to see the pattern in this darkly coloured yarn? It's a much simpler pattern than I expected and it knits up quite quickly. Less than a half dozen rows to go before I start the heel flap.

After reading all the negativity about the pattern in other Raveler's notes I hesitated. But I liked the design, so I decided to give it a go. The most common complaint is that the pattern is not charted. I have mixed feelings about that. The pattern shifts back and forth - I do find that clearer when written out. Patterns can be easier to visualize when charted, so it might have been nice to have both in the pattern download, but really, it's easy enough to sort out. There's also lots of instruction about shifting stitches back and forth between needles - many Ravelers complain about the verbosity of the pattern. No problem; I sectioned off the repeats with stitch markers and am ignoring all the stuff about moving this stitch to that needle. My conclusions? It's a lovely sock. It's a lovely pattern. The instructions are correct and complete. Enough with all the whining! So far I'm glad I ignored all the comments and went ahead with the pattern.

Can't wait to see how they fit!

6 comments:

suse-the-slow-knitta said...

looks good to me!- love the colour too

Dee said...

They look great!

Caffeine Girl said...

Wow, this pattern looks REALLY hard. I'm impressed that you can adapt it and do it your way. It looks great.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

That is a really neat pattern - and I love the colour!

Frieda said...

The colour is just gorgeous ! Nice job ...

Dee said...

Regarding your questions on my blog --- the jury is still out about this yarn. It doesn't *feel* great to knit. It feels a little felty. Because of the angora halo the stitches aren't well defined, but I think the socks will turn out okay. Maybe not a favorite in my book, but acceptable.

They do feel very soft. Hopefully the halo won't bloom too much when they are washed and totally obscure the pattern.