It’s been awhile since I had a knitting project on the blog. I am actually knitting all the time, but I knit a lot of boring socks (here’s an example) that I don’t bother talking about. (I do have some other projects finished that I just haven’t photographed yet.) I recently have been inspired by some of the women in my fiber guild to branch out into some more interesting socks.
I decided to do some colorwork, and I found a pattern I liked from the Twist Collective. The yarn is Valley Yarns Heritage in purple and light gray heather. I knit up a swatch like a good knitter, and I actually got the right gauge, which never happens to me. Unfortunately, my foot did not match the finished size of the sock. I went up a needle size and knit a second swatch, but I came out the exact same gauge! At that point, I decided to do what I usually do, which is adjust the number of stitches, rather than the gauge. However, since the sock is all complicated colorwork, I had to figure out how to add the stitches I needed.
I only had to add 4 stitches per repeat of the pattern, and I was able to figure out how to alter the design easily. I was complaining to my husband about having to re-do the chart by hand to make the changes to the pattern. He immediately offered to write a program to convert the chart PDF into a spreadsheet. Once it was in the spreadsheet, I could easily add rows to change the pattern. The program will definitely be useful for other projects; in fact, I have already used it to enlarge a chart that was so small it was giving me a headache.
I used my altered pattern on the leg, and did one repeat of the new version and two repeats of the original version on the foot. I don’t think the difference is very noticeable.
I am pleased with how the socks turned out. It was fun to make a not-boring sock for once! The only problem was that I didn’t anticipate that the colorwork would use more yarn, so I had to buy a couple extra balls. I wore these to a spinning workshop recently and got several compliments. Ravelry post is here.