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.