I’m on my second pair of 7 Pairs in 2017 handknit socks, and they’re also one of my goals for NaKniCroMo 2017: knit a pair of toe-up socks.
I chose a really cute pattern with a little swirling whirlpool-esque detail. I paired it with most of a ball of dyed-to-order sock yarn, in a Halloween-exclusive colorway that also happened to be Greek Mythology themed.
Yep, I’m that much of a literature nerd. It’s one of my more endearing traits.
How hard can this be? I’m getting to be a decent top-down sock knitter. I know what I need out of my handknit socks. Toe-up is just going in the other direction and trusting in your pattern, right?
Lord, what fools these mortals be.
Recommended needle size: US 1. Okay, 64 stitch sock, size 1 needles, just like every other sock I’ve ever made. The pattern says it is written for a women’s medium and that “these socks will be snug.” I knitted about half of the foot, and thought On whose feet? because I could fit another pair of handknit socks inside of these.
In naïve hope of not having to modify charts, I went down a needle size and changed materials. Which earned me a broken size 0 DPN and a sock that was still too big, but slightly less so.
I even tried 00s. The sock was still too big.
At the risk of sounding like a quitter: I QUIT. The pattern is going into timeout until it can learn to get along with my yarn choices for it, or until I get much better at figuring out how to mess with charts. The yarn
will move on to a pattern with an adjustable stitch count and if it doesn’t get along with that one either, back into the stash with it! is now part of my new choice of toe-up sock pattern, which has cables and an adjustable stitch count.
I hope y’all are having better luck with your knitting than I am with these socks!