Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Miriam in red
Last week I mentioned that I was considering knitting Miriam socks with some red yarn from my stash. And it's almost as if typing those words set the plan inexorably in motion. Suddenly I had to knit them. I could picture exactly how they'd look and couldn't imagine knitting anything else with this yarn.
Miriam's an interesting pattern; fun to knit. The cuff is unusual with alternating knit and purl rounds creating a thick band which conforms to the top of the leg pattern. It's long pattern repeat, and despite how much seed stitch is involved, it's stretchy enough to fit well. The heel flap is worked in linen stitch, odd eh? I had my doubts. With stitches slipped every row - WS and RS - there are far more gusset stitches to be picked up for a 2.5 inch heel flap. Also, linen stitch is quite sturdy and not stretchy at all. After knitting it as written I'll admit it's very comfortable and all that extra ease at the gusset suits my high instep. In fact, I may adopt this heel option for future socks.
Now, back to that second sock!