Warning: Content in the next paragraph may shock and alarm sensitive readers. Proceed at your own risk!
Over the weekend I started knitting Theresa’s new pattern– the Whiskers and Paw Prints socks. Why is this shocking? Because I am knitting them . . . wait for it . . . top down.
Alert the media.
This is the first pair of top down socks I’ve knitted since . . . well, in this century. While this pattern could very easily be adapted to be knitted toe-up, I thought, just for grins, I’d knit it top down. You know, to show you that I can be flexible. Heh.
I did finish the first sock.
And it even fits.
Although I am knitting them top down according to the pattern, I did make some mods.
The pattern calls for a gauge of 7 sts/inch over a 2.75mm needle. My gauge is slightly looser, but I started with a size 2.75mm because I have
fat shapely calves. After three pattern repeats, I switched to a 2.5mm needle, and knitted the rest of the sock with that.
I did not do the whiskers on the heel because I plan on wearing these socks in a closed shoe. If I thought I’d wear them with an open-back birkie, I certainly would have added that detail. And I did the toe plain, because I am a delicate flower and was afraid the texture in the pattern would irritate my dainty toes.
I did my regular short row heel. And I even kitchenered the toe closed.
I am using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport in the Island Blue colorway:
This yarn has 200 yards per skein, so I knew I had plenty of yarn. I added two pattern repeats in the leg to accommodate my
fat shapely calves.
This is a wonderful pattern — very clearly written and easy to follow. While the pattern may look complicated, it is quite easy to memorize and fun to knit. Theresa has charted everything out, and provides mirror image charts for the left and right socks, should you wish to make them mirror each other (which I did). I give the pattern two “paws” up!
There’s another raffle drawing tomorrow afternoon. There are seven, count ‘em, seven wonderful prizes to be given away this week, so if you were thinking of donating but hadn’t gotten around to it yet, you might wanna do so now. Just sayin’!
Another Way to Help Heifer International . . .
Buy Mary Lou at Yarnerina’s extremely cute Tiger Hat pattern! The price is $6.00 and she is donating 100% of the proceeds to Heifer. Way to go, Mary Lou!
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