Sunday, February 22, 2009

Someday, My Luck Will Change

Bad Leyburn


It's been awhile since I posted an update on these socks, and although I've been working on them on and off, I have to admit that they're giving me some trouble. The short row heel is a little sloppy looking to my eyes, and I started it a bit too late--the foot, which otherwise fits beautifully, has a little gappiness on the bottom that is problematic. Also, the pattern calls for extra stitches at the top of the instep / bottom of the leg to compensate for the lack of stretch in the slip-stitched rows, which made the leg far to big for me. I tried decreasing down and then continuing, but the ankle area is a mess of increases and decreases, and I really don't like the way they look.

I'm going to rip back to before the heel, I think, and try a different heel. The Lucy Neatby garter stitch heel that I learned at Madrona, as a matter of fact--I think that will feel cushier on my heel, and look a little nicer. It's going to involve some calculatin', which means that I'll have to keep better track of what I've done so that Sock #2 will end up like Sock #1 . . .

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"Someday, My Luck Will Change" - song of the same name, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. Try listening to it here (not sure if link is permanent or not!).

4 comments:

Walden said...

Maybe if they were knit a little more snug? :)

Therese said...

Bummer about the fit issues. I hadn't really taken the slip stitch non-stretch factor into consideration when I looked at this one. A garter stitch heel should work well though.

Lucy's class(es) rocked! I had an awesome weekend and kitted up Fancy Fiesta Feet too. Wish I'd read your notes about Koigu striping before I did though...

I also ended up ordering yarn for her Kauni sweater. LOVE the concept and the magic triangle at the back!

Kim U said...

I had a surprising number of fit issues with this pattern as well, but mine were mostly related to lack of stretch. It almost looks like you'd be better off with one less repeat of the stitch pattern (so minus 5 stitches). I agree with you, I want to experiment (on another pair) with different heels to see if they resolve some of the fit problems I had. Good luck!

Liberty's Yarn said...

I had the same problems when I wrote up a similar pattern for Angi a few years back. I know I have a fix around here somewhere, I'll bring it tuesday. =)