Ah, it looks like such a simple sock, doesn't it? Looks can be deceiving though....... Here are the details:
- Yarn: Trekking XXL, color 104 (here is a picture that is truer to color, but a little dark. Just can't get it right!)
- Needles: size 0
- Design: Toe up, short row toes and heels Priscilla Gibson-Roberts style. Foot over 60 sts, increased to 66 at the cuff for a 4x2 rib.
- Started: Socktober 14
- Finished: Socktober 31
I am in love with these socks. The Trekking is wonderful and I have few complaints. There were some places that the twist of the yarn was tighter than the over all skein, but I dealt. I'd like to share with you what I go through to come up with a ribbed sock that I am happy with. It is helpful to know that I knit Continental or by picking, carrying the yarn over a finger on my left hand. First thing about knitting socks on double pointed needles. I hate *ladders* or the wonky stitches that you get where the needles intersect. To prevent this I do this acrobatic knitting thing where I knit the first stitch on each needle by wrapping the yarn over the needle instead of under it, making a twisted stitch. So, at the beginning of each needle I knit into the back of the first stitch (to untwist) and create a twisted stitch on the needle. I pull on that stitch pretty tightly and knit the second stitch regularly, pulling tightly as well. I am pleased with the outcome. NOW, if you think that is acrobatic, getting an even rib is even more fun. I create a twisted stitch for each knit that is followed by a purl and each purl that follows a knit stitch. BUT, there are places that this doesn't work. Where this is a 4x2 rib, if the fourth knit is the first stitch on the needle, twisting it, for some inexplicable by me reasons actually creates a wonky stitch rather than eliminating it. So, that stitch has to be knit regularly and tightly. Let's say that KUT=knit stitch, untwisting the existing stitch and creating a twisted knit and PUT=purl stitch, untwisting the existing purl stitch and creating a twisted purl stitch, this is how my knitting goes:
- Needle 1: K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K3, KUT.
- Needle 2: PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K3.
- Needle 3: K1, (first stitch on the needle, but fourth k, which will be wonky if I KUT, so it needs to be a K1) PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K1.
- Needle 4: KUT, K1, KUT, PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1, K3, KUT, PUT, P1.
Whew! Did you follow that? I know! It seems like a lot to got through, but I love the rib with out that wonky last knit stitch. Click away for a terrible close-up photo of my ribbing. Now that I look closely, the stupid first knit stitch is looking a little funny. STOP LOOKING TERRY!!!!!!
There, now you have my Socktober sock post. And I am off to get ready for the parade of ghouls and goblins. BWAHAHAHAHAHA!