Saturday, April 23, 2011

K'done: Rainy Day Socks

Kindly ignore the date on the calendar. These are indeed the SSP's March socks.

Pattern: Rainy Day Socks, by Yuliya Sullivan
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal, in Royalty
Needles: 2.25 mm / US 1

A fairly straightforward, easy-to memorize lace pattern and picot edging jazz up otherwise plain ribbed socks. The pattern actually calls for sport weight yarn, so I had to adjust to accommodate fingering weight yarn and gauge, but it was a very easy tweak - all I did was add a plain knit stitch to each side of the pattern repeat, giving me wider knit ribs between the lace panels. That's all. Throw in purled gussets worked in the round, and there you have it.

Given that I only have the first two inches of the first sock of April's SSP socks, I don't think they'll be done in time either. Maybe I'll get caught up in May.

Monday, April 4, 2011

K'done: Francis Revisited, v. 2

Now this one I am totally fine with wearing to work.

Pattern: Francis Revisited, by Beth Silverstein
Yarn: Knit Picks Swish Bulky, in Merlot Heather
Needles: 6 mm / US 10; 4.5 mm / US 7 for portion of cowl

A more subdued, work-appropriate sweater, unlike the first one I made with handpainted yarn that was rather more orange than I was expecting. I also bumped up the yarn weight, to be sure that there would be no sneak peeks through those stitches. I still like the pattern, though it wasn't quite as charming the second time around, which also means it took me longer to finish.

I did the sleeve bell increases every six rows this time, instead of every four rows - still didn't end up with full length sleeves, which I had sort of been hoping for. Oh well. I'm still happy with the sleeve length that I got in the end - in hindsight, longer sleeves might have made the torso look a bit cropped, I think it's balanced the way it is.

Hm? What's that? SSP socks for March?

I don't know what you're talking about. What do you mean, March is already done?