Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Twisted Stitch Socks and Knitting Book
When I was in "knitting Cookie socks" mode last year, the socks I loved best were the ones with traveling two stitch cable crosses. They were fun to knit and beautiful to see. Not so great to wear.
The traveling stitches don't make for elastic fabric. When worked down the front of a sock, they only look good when the human foot is pointed straight out. With the foot in a normal position, the traveling stitches pucker and crease. At least that's how it works with my feet.
That's why I'm trying a compromise design strategy - traveling stitch pattern down both sides of a sock with a wide ribbing down the front and back. Not as stunning as a Cookie type pattern, but easier to knit and more practical to wear.
Pattern: Basic cuff down sock pattern on 64 stitches. Side twisted stitch pattern is Forgotten Love #3, stitch pattern 94 from Twisted-Stitch Knitting by Maria Erlbacher. I'm knitting the traveling stitches as two stitch cables.
Yarn: Simply Socks Yarn Company Solid Sock Line. 80% superwash wool, 20% nylon.
Needles: Options #1, 2.5mm
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch
This book is a gem.
For a knitter who collects stitch patterns, it's a have-to-have. 174 Alpine stitch patterns.
The patterns are shown in black and white, all charted with chart symbols like I've never seen before. The symbols are intuitive and I had no trouble following them. There is an excellent technical introduction by Meg Swansen and Amy Detjen when help is needed.
The back of the book has some sweater patterns and sock patterns to drool over.
This is the Amazon link: Twisted-Stitch Knitting, but right now it's 40% off at Knitpicks.