Tuesday, July 03, 2007


I was right. I was having major gauge issues the first time around with the Vinnland Socks. I didn't post a picture of the ill-fitting mess I made a few weeks ago, but trust me, it was bad.

Repeat after me: Trust the pattern...trust the pattern...trust the pattern...

Here's a picture of my first Vinnland sock with the short-row heel just completed. The pattern covers 16 rows, and rather than stop at 4 pattern repeats before turning the heel, I did 4.5. The only thing I had to remember was to start the back of the calf on row 8. Yes -- once you get past the heel, the pattern is on the front and back of the sock. Good times!

I also had to do a little decrease on the left and right sides after the heel, so that the 2x2 ribbing pattern would continue correctly around the circumference of the sock.

I'm very pleased with how this is working. And, because I know everyone out there can't resist the charms of a well-turned cankle, here's a picture showing the short-row heel in a little more detail. The orange strand is just temporary, holding all the little stitches in place while the sock takes a short vacation from the needles.

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