Tuesday, July 17, 2012

A River Runs Through Them

I was itching to get back on the sock knitting horse after my recent disappointment, and also wanting to,use some of the BFL sock yarn I got last week in Colorado, so I cast on for the Kalajoki pattern yesterday. It's a translated Finnish pattern, named after a river in that country.

I originally planned to knit these on 2.5mm needles, but switched to my usual 2mm after seeing how drapey the fabric was. The pattern calls for a thicker yarn on 54 stitches, so I upped it to 72 -- my standard for sock yarn on my feet. I did a bit of math and figured an added ridge in the river pattern would be proportional, although now that I've done it, I can see that two additional ridgess would have looked fine. My "river" looks more centered than others, but I'm OK with that.

A little creative mathematics got me through the heel flap and around the heel turn, where I stopped to take the picture at the left. This pair will have an "anatomical toe," different for the left and right feet. I'm looking forward to seeing how that works.

In reference to the disappointment mentioned above, Amy had an excellent suggestion. I added an I-cord loop to my single red sock and have repurposed it as a Christmas stocking. So practical! Perfect for any guests staying at Christmastime -- or as a gift. Thank you, Amy!

1 comment:

  1. You're welcome. Any manly mantle would be proud to wear that stocking.