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Blue ZigZaggy Socks - Qualified Perceptions
firstfrost
firstfrost
Blue ZigZaggy Socks
These were fun to do. I was too cautious to make them two at a time, and by the time I'm making the second sock, I'm kind of in a mood to be done. Happily, I seem to be able to channel this "argh, bored with this" into powering through rather than tossing it aside - second sock, my nemesis, I will defeat you!

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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 4th, 2015 05:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat!
How does one form all those crazy stripes? It looks like the primary stripes are horizontal? With ... slipped stitches for the verticals?
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: January 4th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, the verticals are slipped stitches. It turned out surprisingly even to slip stitches for two rows at a time; I would have expected it to go big-stitch-little-stitch-big-stitch-little-stitch, but the stitches really only enlarged at the corners.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 4th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Woot, learning to read knitting a little!

Knitting seems to be remarkably willing to adapt in whichever direction it's being pulled.
merastra From: merastra Date: January 4th, 2015 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice socks!

Second sock nemesis, heh. ;-) Boredom makes sense.

Like kelkyag, I'm a bit curious how it's done but unlike kelkyag, I have not the faintest idea or the background to understand. It's cool how there are is this vast area of knowledge you two have that I can't even begin to fathom.
firstfrost From: firstfrost Date: January 4th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is actually simpler than it looks, if you break it down into pieces.
It *looks* like the stripes are changing directions by 90, but it's really just two different striped patterns, put together in chevron-shaped patches. The horizontal striped pattern is "two rows of dark, two rows of light", and if the whole sock was like that, it would just be striped socks. The vertical striped pattern is done by basically just knitting every other stitch and skipping the alternate ones in the non-matching color. (You can also do vertical stripes by switching color every stitch, but the "skip the other color entirely" method lets you only use one color every round).

Imagine, um, an empty backgammon board. Put a white piece on every other point. Then do it again (because we're doing two rows at a time). Then put a black piece on every other point, offset by one from the white pieces. Then do it again. Then iterate those four steps again. Lo! Now you have alternating stripes of white and black pieces, and they look even, even though during the middle of when you were doing it, some of the stripes were temporarily longer. The "slip stitch" stripe method is kind of like that.

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