Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fair Isle Socks

Pattern: Sort of my own - someone on Ravelry had put up something similar with instructions, but they were wrong. I stared at it until I had an idea of stitch counts and drew it out by coloring in boxes on Microsoft Excel.
Yarn: Noro Kureyon Sock. God, it's so awful. And so not ideal for skin contact. But I keep buying it because it's pretty.
Needles: Size 3
Completed: January 19, 2010

I really wanted to challenge myself on some socks, and I was bored with looking up things in stitch dictionaries. I found the socks I had originally favorited, and was disappointed when I realized the instructions were wrong. I did get the hang of it, and I learned a lot on these. A friend taught me what it means to "tack up floats," and that made a big difference, especially where I had 10-stitch floats. Unfortunately, sock #1 came out too small. I wasn't brave enough to try it on until I was at the heel, and at that point, I wasn't going to rip this all out. I managed to force it on and off my foot a few times and now it's wearable, just not that easy to slip and slide out of. I adjusted my stitch count accordingly for the foot, as well as for the second sock and that fits just fine. I wish I had made them a little taller, but since fair isle eats up more yarn, I was a little paranoid. I still have quite a bit extra, but not as much as usual.


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choperena said...

Your peekchur, it does not work. But I found them on Rav, and at least they look nice! What are you using for the teal? I'm always afraid when I see Noro, since I love the colors and squee, but I normally knit for pattern focus, not yarn focus. I wish I understood why people are so polar towards Noro, nobody thinks it's just ok.

Jenna said...

There was no picture until just now. I just stuck (picture) in as a placeholder. It's all Kureyon sock. I just got a looooong run of teal. And didn't on the second sock. Of course.

KnittyBitch said...

I am so glad that I am not the only one who thinks that Noro Socks is horrible for, well, socks! Look awesome, by the by.