Tuesday, July 22, 2014
FO: Planorbis Corneus socks
And it does!
I knitted these in 9 days - crikey!
A long train journey and being on holiday from work may have had something to do with my speed... but I would also cite the regularity of the stitch pattern for propelling me onwards to knit just one more repeat.
When I cast on, I was surprised that there were so few other projects on Ravelry.
It is a free (Knitty) pattern from a famous sock designer (Hunter Hammersen) and I thought the manic sock-knitters would be gobbling it up. But the other knitters who had made it ahead of me all seemed to be expressing their doubts about their finished objects, and I suspect that has been putting people off.
So what's the problem?
The toe-box shaping is also unusually short - so having stopped knitting the foot where I expected to start the toe shaping (from past experience) I ended up with a smaller sock than intended. The toe section is only 4cm long instead of 5cm.
It's OK - I can wear them. But they are pretty snug!
And I can see that this might frustrate a regular sock-knitter who thinks they know when to start their decreases... and then ends up with a pair of stubby-toed hobbit socks.
You can see that they don't quite fit my sock-blockers.
And you can see my mistake at the cuff of the uppermost sock - oops! Missed a whorl!
But despite all this, I really really like my new socks, which are definitely mine because I don't know anyone else with small enough feet to wear them - score!
Pattern: Planorbis Corneus by Hunter Hammersen, free from Knitty here, or can be bought as part of Volume 3 of the Knitter's Curiosity Cabinet book.
I knitted size Medium, 60 stitches, on 2.5mm dpns - but see my notes above.
Yarn: Atomic City Fibers Merino Nylon sock, a 75% merino, 25% nylon mix.
Mary in TN sent me this lovely hand-dyed yarn a while back and I really enjoyed working with it. The colourway (Potluck 2) ranges from a sizzling lime green through zesty lemon to a dull beige - and that contrast makes it pop like neon, even though it is a lot more subtle in real life. Fab!
I have another couple of skeins in a gorgeous turquoise blue that I just might have to knit up soon :)