Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Knit a Prism (socks)
I used three colorways for these socks, alternating two of them and using the third for the heel flap and the toe. My only disappointment is that the two colorways I used were too close together. They mix into an overall brown.
But really, these socks couldn't have been better timed. The day I was finishing the foot on the second sock, I felt something cold on my heel. I looked down and saw a huge hole in the heel of my only pair of brown socks--my much loved and much worn machine-made socks. Now I have a replacement and I will see how long a hand-knit slip-stitch heel lasts.
I wasn't particulary pleased with the slip-stitch heel flap. It is very thick and cushy, and thus it seems as though it will be more durable. However, the slipped stitches pull the heel in a bit, making the sock fit tightly around my ankle. I had to add a few stitches when I picked up around the flap. I usually add stitches at the corners, and knit them together to avoid holes. This time I had to leave them in to keep the instep from stretching out.
Prism pattern + Koigu KPPPM yarn + size 1 Crystal Palace dpns. The only modifications I made were to add one stitch between each slipped stitch, requiring 65 stitches in total, then increasing to 68 after the heel flap. I added the stitch between to space out the slipped stitches, after having seen this modification on Ravelry.