Sunday, April 15, 2012
Year of Projects - Santa Fe 01
Knitting on the Road: Canada • Canal du Midi • Conwy • Dalarna • Denmark • Friday Harbor • Hiiumaa • Huron Mountain • New England • The Road to Oslo • Santa Fe • Spey Valley • Christmas in Tallinn • Traveler's Stockings • Uinta Cabin • Unst • Whitby
Seems like just a few weeks ago I was knitting a stockinette sock with a colourwork cuff, and as I recall, it didn't turn out too well. The cuff wound up somewhat inflexible and too tight, whereas the vanilla stockinette sections of the sock ended up too loose and baggy. Maybe knitting the colourwork on larger needles and adding some shaping to the leg would fix it? As it turns out I'm putting those ideas to the test with this Santa Fe sock.
The pattern is written for sport weight yarn, but once again I'm knitting fingering weight sock yarn from my stash. With finer yarn on smaller needles I've cast on 70 sts rather than 50-55 as written. And I've knit the colourwork part of the cuff on larger size 1-1/2 (2.5mm) needles, switching to size 0 (2mm) needles after the cuff. In the couple of inches of leg remaining before beginning the heel, I think I'll decrease to 64 stitches. Maybe that will do the trick?
When designer Nancy Bush knit this pattern she chose colours traditional to the Navajo arts and crafts which inspired the chevron motif. But now that I've decided to go with some leftover red and blue in a medium grey field, my sock is more reminiscent of Canada Post's logo than Navajo art. Not the happiest association, but I like my colour choices nonetheless so I'm carrying on! Wish me luck.