Monday, November 22, 2010
working on the railroad
It's a very simple stitch pattern - Railway Stitch - just a combination of knit and purl stitches across 5 stitches and 6 rows, but it makes a very nice textured fabric. It certainly didn't look like much in the little chart I made myself before casting on. To tell you the truth, I even considered changing the pattern to something with a bit more going on. But now, halfway up the instep, I'm glad I stayed with it.
And yes, the yarn is pooling. It's quite a dark and subtle colourway so the pooling is not very obvious or distracting. I had to hold my foot just so to catch the silvery stripe across the instep in the light. Interesting, huh?
One more thing - I'm glad I ripped out and restarted for 60 stitches. There's not a lot of stretch to this sock, so I definitely want some negative ease. Reworking for a good fit appealed to me more than taking Gavin's not so helpful suggestion: keep going and find someone with really big feet to give them to.