Sunday, May 4, 2014

Year of Projects 3: Kwalla 03ish

SOCKTOPUS: Totally Vanilla • Kandahar • V Junkie • Kwalla • Farmer McGregor • Shur'tugal • 2luvcrew • Vorticity • Rumpled! • Crowley • Om Shanti • Mince Pie Mayhem • Hundred Acre Wood • De Stijl • Fiori di Zucca • Caretta Caretta • Spring Shoots

Now that all other projects have been cleared off my needles, I've been knitting fairly monogamously on Kwalla. I think I mentioned my worries about sizing based on other Ravellers' notes? Well those worries were well-founded.

The main pattern on the leg involves cables  - C6F and C6B. And if you've knit cables before, you'll know that cables make for a dense, scrunched up fabric particularly across wide cables. So that explains the larger needle size and the higher primary stitch count. Typically I knit 64-68 sts on size 0 (2mm) needles for a sock, but in this case I cast on the medium size with 84 sts on a size 1 (2.25mm) needle. That worked out just fine; the leg of the sock fits perfectly.

But when you come to the heel flap and the sole of the sock where there are no cables you gotta have some decreases, right? Nope, not according to the pattern as written. So I'm supposed to knit a stockinette sole on size 1 (2.25mm) needles across 42 stitches and that's supposed to fit?! Uh, no.

Time for some mods! Remember the BFF socks that I knit a several months ago, and the clever decreases that Cookie A included to transition smoothly from cables to stockinette? Time to draw inspiration from Cookie A.

At the top of the heel flap I did a mega decrease row to bring the heel flap stitch count down from 42 sts to 30 sts. I carried on with gusset decreases until I had reduced the stitch count for the sole down to sts. And I did a matching set of decreases to transition from the cabled pattern to stockinette to begin the toe. Et voilà, the sock fits perfectly now ... no puffiness at the back of the ankle, no bagginess at the heel, a nice snug foot, and no puckering at the beginning of the toe decreases. PHEW!

It's a relief to have sock one done and fitting properly. Now I just have to reproduce what I did to make a second matching sock. Fortunately I made notes in my project page on Ravelry so there should be no problem. It's also nice to see how well the yarn is playing with this pattern. It's actually darker and browner in real life so the variegation isn't really overwhelming the pattern. So far the pattern's been nothing but trouble, but at least the sock is turning out nicely. It's super comfortable too ... I think they're going to end up as favourites in the sock drawer.


11 comments:

Dee said...

Definitely a PRETTY sock. Glad you were able to make it fit well too.

Sam I Am...... said...

That is one gorgeous sock and I love cables but I'm glad I didn't try that pattern. I am not that good a sock knitter ...yet. I plan to be some day if I live long enough. So glad you are so adept as to be able to fix it on the fly before there was problem. Beautiful yarn too by the way.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

They look great -fantastic yarn colours!

Rachelle said...

With that stitch count on those needles the heel would have worked well for a basketball player, but I doubt he'd be able to get into the leg part. Glad you worked out a way around the problem and they're looking good so far. Btw, I put my notes on Ravelry too, the one place I know I won't put it "somewhere safe"

mysparemoments.com said...

That is one pretty sock and I'm so glad you were able to make it fit so well, although I'm not really surprised you were.

Ylva said...

I'm really impressed by your sock knitting and pattern modding skills! And as you say, that sock does look awesome. :)

Lucy Bowen said...

Love the colour and your mods are brilliant. I need to remember all your tips for when I finally get around to sock knitting!

Kepanie said...

I like the magenta and purple mixed in with the green and shades of brown. I do not question your sockodology whatsoever. While my eyes spun from your modifications, I know with out a doubt this pair will come out brilliantly.

Frieda said...

Awesome looking socks, fantastic colour ! It amazes me how good you are at modifying patterns for that custom fit .

kathy b said...

THey look amazing. IM all for improv

*~* Kim *~* said...

Love the yarn! I am on my 2nd pair of socks and one thing I am learning is that it can be tricky to get them fit!
xoxoxo