Thursday, July 5, 2007


...for "stupid ol' sock"

i am 3/4 of the way done with knitting the first sidewinder. i am not loving it. there is nothing wrong with the pattern. i am loving the uniqueness of the construction. even the kitchenering at the end does not scare me.

why, look at the cute little pocket for the toes.

i just don't like the yarn i picked. the sock would probably be cuter with a variegated yarn with short color repeats. the broad stripes are doing nothing for me or the yarn. i am also not happy with the fabric either. 7.5 sts/inch when i routinely use 8.5-9.5 sts/inch just doesn't work. so if i were to try knitting this pattern again, i would probably use a heavier weight yarn or attempt to redo the math for a smaller gauge.

say good bye to "sidewinders'! i will give up my obsession with sideways knit socks for now. this one is going to visit the frog pond. so i am back at "zero" for summer of socks, sigh.


Karen said...

It looks like it's coming along nicely. I have 3 socks done (no pairs yet though). I've been so busy making lace (that mystery thingy) there has been little time for socks. Why am I such a joiner?

Violiknit said...

Sorry you had to frog those... Better to knit something you're happy with, anyway. Best wishes for your next summer sock!

Nancy G. said...

I made my sidewinders with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Iris Garden, and got beautiful vertical stripey almost flame-like patterning. I used a 2.5 mm needle, my usual for that yarn, and made the largest size in the pattern. The resulting sock fits well, but after wearing it I think I should have made the leg a little bit narrower. I'm not sure I will ever knit it again, but if I did, I would decrease the 10 row plateau in each section of the pattern down to a 9 row plateau.

I am more interested in trying a simple garter stitch leg, picking up the stitches around the bottom and then knit a heel flap, gusset and foot in the normal way. Not that I'm going to try it any time soon. I've got a long list already in the works.

Your Sidewinder was a nice try, though. When I first knit the swatch that Nona recommends, I did it on size 2 needle and I hated the loose fabric I got.

Rachel said...

Oh, that's too bad! I think it looks beautiful, if that's any condolence. I know what you mean, though, about frogging! Hoping your next attempt comes out better!