Friday, April 26, 2013
Finished Object Friday
Yarn: Alley Cat BFL by Wandering Cat Yarns in a colourway called "Anne Boleyn"
Needles: size 1 (2.25mm) and size 2 (2.5 mm)
Comments: It was the unusual gusset construction that first drew me to this sock pattern. My fears that the pattern would be too complicated were entirely unfounded. If anything the pattern is over-explained. Rather than decreasing from the ankle down the side of the foot, in this pattern the decreases are arranged symmetrically on either side of the top of the instep ... and it seems to work just fine.
I was hopeful that knitting all that rib in needles that are larger than my usual sock needles would result in a well-fitted sock. But the finished socks are very small. They fit my friend's size 5 feet, but not my size 11s. Now that I've knit the pattern through once in its entirety, I think the answer would be to add sixteen stitches to the primary stitch count and shift down a needle size. Don't you find ribbing more attractive when it's not stretched too far open?
One more little gripe? Maybe it's the ribbing or maybe the unusual gusset construction, but there's a lumpy part at the front of the ankle just before the decreases start. Any ideas what to do about that?
They're still gorgeous socks though, aren't they?And knitting BFL sock yarn again reminds me of why I love it. This Alley Cat BFL is such a pleasure to knit and it wears beautifully. Pattern designer Hunter Hammersen says the pattern was inspired by the clothing of the Tudor women, so dyers Rhonda and Valerie at Wandering Cat Yarns custom dyed this "Anne Boleyn" colourway especially for the pattern. How fabulous is that!?!
It's another Finished Object Friday over at Tami's Amis. If you've got some time, go have a look. So much to see!