Monday, April 17, 2006
Back To Basics
I almost called this post Believe It Or Not, because I'm sure you're surprised to see a finished sock here so soon. I'm a little surprised myself. I've been dying to try out my new sock yarn from Sugar Bunny Boulevard, so on Friday I knitted a swatch, chose a pattern and cast on. I decided a basic ribbed sock was all that was needed to show off the pretty colors in this yarn. The first pattern I chose is not the one I ended up with though. Evidently I'm not good at measuring my gauge, even with the aid of my new Gauge Wizard. I had gauge at 6 1/2 stitches per inch on size US 2 needles (or so I thought). That was perfect for the pattern I wanted to use, so I cast on 60 stitches and began to knit. The cuff was huge! I knew something was wrong. I switched to a pattern I've used before from the 2004 issue of Knit It! magazine. It uses a cast on of 56 stitches and this was just perfect. It seems I was knitting at a gauge of 7 stiches per inch instead of 6 1/2. Not off by much, but it makes a big difference with socks. The cuff of this sock is a 1x1 rib, then the ribbing switches to k3, p1. I decided to carry the pattern down the top of the foot which is like the sock I wanted to make in the first place. I really enjoyed knitting this basic sock. It doesn't require a lot of concentration, so I can watch a baseball game and knit at the same time (very important this time of year). And, it works up quickly. Maybe I'll have a new pair of socks by the end of the week...maybe.
Yarn: Hand Painted 100% Merino Sock Yarn
Purchased from Sugar Bunny Boulevard