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Disappointing Socks - Qualified Perceptions
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Disappointing Socks
A few months ago, harrock came home with some blue yarn from Mind's Eye, and clamored for socks. I thought I would be very clever and make him two pairs of two-color socks, rather than one pair of light blue socks and one pair of dark blue socks. Sadly, the tension on the stranded colorwork is just a little too tight, and it doesn't fit over his heel. I can put it on, but it's a little too long for me (since it was intended for Jerry, who has huge feet). I am not sure there is really a good target audience who has extra-long but narrow and small-heeled feet. However, if you are such a person, these could be your socks! Having tried three times and failed three times to make a pair of stranded socks for shumashi years and years ago, I really need to internalize the lesson DO NOT TRY TO MAKE STRANDED COLORWORK SOCKS YOU WILL BE SAD. My tension is pretty good for sweaters, but socks just require so much more stretchiness.



This is a pretty good demonstration of the difference between the top strand and the bottom strand. In the toe transition, the light blue is the bottom strand; in the leg transition, the dark blue is the bottom strand. In both cases, that means the toe-side solo stitches are a little more pronounced than the cuff-side solo stitches. (The bottom strand is always a little more emphasized).

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twe From: twe Date: May 19th, 2013 01:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that is a huge bummer. :(
merastra From: merastra Date: May 19th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Oooh, that's really too bad because they look cool.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: May 19th, 2013 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
They're pretty! So sad that they're not stretchy enough.
mathhobbit From: mathhobbit Date: May 19th, 2013 10:51 am (UTC) (Link)
You *did* ask Tirnian to try them?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 19th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
If he doesn't actually want to wear them, then it does not matter so much if they fit him or not. :)
merastra From: merastra Date: May 19th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
What size are they? It occurs to me that if you can't find anyone else to gift them to, my brother might be able to use them.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 31st, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I kept meaning to measure them again, but after much pondering, I'm going to rip out the part that doesn't fit and see if re-knitting with larger needles fixes the problem. So I wasn't totally ignoring you. :)
remcat From: remcat Date: May 20th, 2013 07:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Are short-row heels the problem? I find that heel-flap heels have more instep roominess.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: May 20th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, the problem is with the colorwork. It isn't stretchy enough to fit over the physical heel of the foot; the knitted heel itself is fine. (I also like heel flaps better, but don't have a toe-up one I love yet).
remcat From: remcat Date: May 20th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohhhh, I see now. the cuff won't fit over the heel, got it.
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