I have been making good progress on these socks. It has been a creative marathon.
The challenge is that the pattern is for a mid-length sock and my friendship wants knee-high lace socks. Hence the challenge to
a) figure out a way to increase the number of stitches so it can grow around the calf
b) do this in a way that it grows beautifully and naturally out of the already established pattern AND
c) execute it twice.
When I first imagined doing this I thought I would simply increase the number of purl stitches in the purl ditches separating the lace columns. But I didn’t like that look and besides, I wanted all the increasing to happen at the back of the leg.
So this is what I did – as I approached the bottom of the calf, I went up a needle size from 2.75 mm to 3 mm. Then I “grew” another column of lace stitches out of the purl ditch on either side of the central lace column at the back of the leg. After knitting 1.5 inches, I increased another 4 stitches in the purl ditches at the back of the leg.
Total increase – 14 stitches. And I think the look is just fine. (When fully complete, I’ll take photos of them on so you can see the effect.) As I get near the top of the sock, before I start the edging rib stitches, I have decreased the four purl increases. I will decrease another five to bring it to 70 stitches. Then using 2.75 mm needles again, I will knit 2 inches of 1 x 1 rib, cast off loosely and call it a day.
I’ve been knitting these socks in tandem so I could make the necessary pattern modifications and still end up with matching socks.
Sock #1 is waiting for me to start the 1 x 1 rib.
Sock #2 is still being knit in pattern with all the increases in. I have two more pattern repeats and then the decreases, and then the 1 x 1 rib.
I am planning to finish these up as I watch several episodes of Lidia’s Italy .
Here’s a snapshot of the two columns of lace increases across the back.
FibresWest 2014 is coming up on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 in at the Cloverdale Fair Grounds in Surrey, BC. The event runs from 9:30 am to 6 pm on both days. Admission is $8, seniors and students get in for $6. And kids under 13 are free.
It’s a great fibre event. This year is their 6th Annual and each year there are more vendors, more classes and more excitement. Coming a near 1/2 year after Knit City, it’s just the fibre fix we need to get us through the year.
This year I am teaching an Introduction to Spindle Spinning on Friday morning.
And on Saturday morning I am teaching an Advanced Spindle Spinning Class. Please visit FibresWest 2014 for all the details about these (and other) classes. Hope to see you there!