Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Nine? NINE?! oy

The swatch I posted (rather emotionally about) yesterday for Sockapalooza was on size 2s and a bit loose for socks. So I did another one on size 1s and got nine stitches per inch.

Nine. NINE, people!

I don't even knit that tightly!

Using Wendy's method (scroll down to "Detailed Toe-Up Sock Pattern" and download the PDF), that means 75 stitches around for my sock pal's socks! That's a lot of stitches. The Yarn Harlot likes to calculate exactly how many stitches she has ahead of her during a project. My theory? That way crazy lives. No WAY do I want to know how many stitches I have to put into these things!

On the happy side, the stockinette swatch was pretty stretchy, and lace tends to be stretchy, so I can probably fudge these down a bit further to 72, and use 8 repeats of Vine Lace pattern around the cuff, and 4 across the instep. So that works out. I am very happy that I'll be able to use the Vine Lace. Otherwise I'd have to decide on a different pattern, and then all the dyeing drama would have been for nothing!

Another happy thing is that my sock pal likes her socks on the shorter side. Whew!

5 comments:

Khadijha Caitlin said...

Lucky!

heather t said...

I know! I was reading the pligg, and someone said her pals wants KNEE SOCKS! Who requests knee socks from a total stranger, especially know how much work goes into socks?

Khadijha Caitlin said...

Sock yarn is expensive enough!
That person is crazy!

Knitterary said...

Whoo. Nine is a lot. That's the gauge I get with Lorna's Laces, and it always seems to take forever to knit LL socks.

But the lace will help it go faster.

The_Add_Knitter said...

I love the Wendy method, toe up is the way to go!!