Monday, April 07, 2008

Every Sixth Round

The key to executing the sixth round of this sock has everything to do with the round before.


But let me back up before I get too far ahead of myself.

First, I want to thank Karen of Weathertop Farm for the gorgeous yarn. I won it in a comment contest on her blog, along with an Amy Butler skirt pattern and a few other goodies.


The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino in a mix of deep blues called Moody Blues. I wanted to find a simple sock pattern for this yarn, but not a plain one--something I could knit without having to concentrate too hard on what I was doing.

I found that with Primavera Socks. The stitch pattern is alternating knit and purl columns with increases and decreases worked every 6th round. Very easy to memorize.

The sixth round sounded simple enough: p2, m1R, k2, p3tog, k2, m1L, p2. But, when it actually came to executing these stitches, I was surprised to find out it was difficult for me.

I expected to slow down a little on p3tog, but not on m1R. My stitches were so tight, I could hardly pick up the strand of yarn between. I began to dread round six which became a fight with yarn and needles.

I almost abandoned this sock completely, but then I smartened up and began to loosen my tension on round five and now all is well...every sixth round.

14 comments:

  1. Those look like socks that once on would stay put. I like those kinds of socks. Thanks for the pattern information. I will add that to my list of socks that I will have to try out.

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  2. When the sock mojo returns Primavera will be at the top of my to do list. It looks fun and fabulous.

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  3. Great pattern and yarn combo. I'll have to put it on my queue. I'm back to enjoying some sock knitting and I gotta say. It's all in the yarn. I'm working with Lorna Laces right now. Although I could just knit with socks that rock for the rest of my life and be happy!

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  4. Your socks look great! p3tog definately slow me down ( I knit too tight--always have to go up a needle size) :)

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  5. Wow - great socks and contest prize yarn? Does it get any better than that? I love the pattern. Thanks for the link. You might see this coming soon on a blog you know so dear...

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  6. p3tog?? I'd have to make sure to use my metal sock needles! :-)

    Don'tcha just love that Cherry Tree Hill? That colorway is one of my favorites.

    Nice job on the pattern!

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  7. I love those socks, both the yarn and the pattern!

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  8. You are so welcome and I'm glad you are enjoying it!!! That's a nice pattern, I'll have to put that in the queue so I can remember it, too. Good tip on loosening up on the previous row, too....I made some baby socks with a p3tog in it and it drove me crazy.

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  9. That sock yarn is beautiful. That is going to be one great looking pair of socks. :-)

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  10. The socks look so comfortable! I also like the color of the yarn. Amy Butler pattern are really easy and simple yet elegant. Congrad's on the win!

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  11. Nice socks. I always say that we learn something new with every project. The grandbaby that I'm knitting for actually lives up in the northwest Pacific region, but you are still right - both hats will get some use.

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  12. That looks like a great pattern! I'm going to have to remember it because I think I'd enjoy knitting it. And your blue yarn is perfect!

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  13. Those socks are stunning. Thanks for the link to a great pattern! (and also the knitting tips)

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  14. What a fun prize! I like how your socks are turning out.

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~Tracy