Sunday, September 6, 2015

Year of Projects 5: Week 10

KNIT. SOCK. LOVE. : BFF • Clandestine • Cusp • German Stockings • Gothic Spire • Hedera • In and Out • Lissajous • Marilinda • Mona • Monkey • Pointelle • Rhombus • Sake • Stalagmite • Stricken • Thelonious • Twisted Flower • Wedge

COOKIE A SOCK CLUB: June #1 • June #2 • August #1 • August #2 • October #1 • October #2 • December #1 • December #2

VANILLA SOCKS FOR CHARITY: July • August • September • October • November • December • January • February • March • April • May • June

Now that I'm caught up on all the other knitting fronts, it's finally time to get back to Rhombus. Sock one was cast on at the beginning of May (!) and has been languishing on the needles ever since. Time to get 'em done.

The pattern includes every kind of lifted increase imaginable - M1L, M1R, M1L-Purl and M1R-Purl. To get through the first couple of repeats on the leg I typed out a little cheat sheet for myself; that really helped. Then all of a sudden as I approached the heel I realized that I could look at the chart symbol and know how to work the stitch without referring to cheat sheet. BREAKTHROUGH! Now the knitting speeds along. Sock one is done, and I'm halfway down the leg of sock two. I expect the pair will be finished by the end of the week, or mostly finished anyway.

After taking the photo I was struck by how similar the pattern is to Esther by Stephanie van der Linden. I made those in the spring of 2010, except that in Esther the increases are all made with YOs resulting in a lacier sock. Comparing them side-by-side I prefer the Rhombus sock with its lifted increases, although the fabric is less stretchy so you wouldn't want to make the leg much longer.

While knitting sock two of Rhombus I've been flipping through Knit. Sock. Love. to decide what to cast on next. The forerunner right now is In and Out. I have a softly variegated purplish-pink yarn that might work for this. I hope it does work because this yarn/pattern combination would be perfect for a pair that's been promised to my sister's friend.


9 comments:

Ruth said...

What a very pretty Rhombus sock, I love the purple yarn and In and Out looks good, well from what I can see of the pattern in that dark blue, I look forward to seeing yours up closer.

Dee said...

Rhombus is gorgeous! I love that beautiful purple!

Kepanie said...

Lovely first sock! You are every so dedicated to knitting through a book. I have only knitted one pattern from that book. I hope to get to at least one more after the holiday knits are taken care of.

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Very neat pattern!

Lucy Bowen said...

Yeah to reading charts quicker!! Love Rhombus and such a great colour too.

Becki said...

The Rhombus socks are beautiful. And I love the purple yarn!

Simply Playing said...

Your Rhombus sock is gorgeous! It has a "lacey" look to it without the holes. I'm not an experienced patterned sock knitter, but I think this one will go into the queue!

Iris said...

So pretty! I'm continuously awed by your amazing sock-knitting skills!!

knittingcheese said...

These are very lovely. Can you tell me more about your vanilla sock club? Is it found in Ravelry?!? I look forward to reading your post to see your latest knit. Keep up the great work.