First, of course, I had to knit a square (well actually a rectangle) to help me get an idea of my tension on this particular yarn. Then work out how many stitches to use as the pattern I am following is a measure your foot and work it out sort of thing. I also had to work out increases for the leg and I hope I’ve got it right because I don’t really know what you are supposed to do.
Then I had to decide on the patterning, if any. Something like my over the knee socks (which I took to mean a bit of texture in between flat stocking stitch vertical stripes) had been requested. I trawled through sock pattern after sock pattern on the web, only to realise that such patterns were not common.
However, I stopped to examine more closely a pattern that was all over what I think was called an ‘always right twist’. I realised that this might provide a motif that I could use for my stripes and what was even more exciting was that as a motif it was just like a sort of rib except for a fancy stitch once every five rows. So I tried a couple of inches to see if it would work. I increase the number of purl stitches either side from one to two after a few rows so that is why it looks a bit odd.
I decide that I liked it and it is so easy I might find I don’t end up having to do too much undoing when I go wrong.
The ‘always right twist’ stitch is just so easy – the pictures do enlarge if you wish to see more closely.
I then started with the disposable cast on and the wraps to make the toe of the sock.
I did end up having to undo a few rows, which was discouraging, as I wasn’t sure if I had done all the wraps right and some looked a bit loose. But maybe I shouldn’t have tried to do it while watching the qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
I find knitting or crocheting while watching a Grand Prix is really good because it helps calm me down during the anxiety provoking / exciting bits and is something to attend to during the boring bits. Qualifying was much too exciting. 🙂
However I have now got this far.
I still cannot believe that I am knitting with such a fine yarn on such small needles.
Now the sock is well under way maybe I will allow myself to get out my new cotton yarn and see if the squares for my flower cloth come out the right size.
One last picture for you all
I am one of those people who have to wear a hat if I am out in the sun for any length of time because otherwise I get a headache. So I have a cotton easy to pack sun hat but I sometimes think when I am going out looking relatively smart that maybe it looks a bit too like a hat for the beach but now I have added the brooch and I think it looks quite stylish!
Oh! and I’ve been using my blanket for it’s original purpose on my bed: as an adjunct to a sheet and it works very well.