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January 15, 2013

Here we are half way through the first month of the new year. I came in to 2013 with high hopes, I was going to do a self-imposed sock club. I saw this as a way to try out patterns that had caught my eye but for whatever reason I never made time to make. Prior to the start of the new year I made a list of yarn and pattern pairings, printed out the patterns and stuffed it along with the yarn in bags and put them into a plastic tub. The first pattern of this experiment was the Riff socks  I had decided to use some Knit Picks Stroll I had picked up on their Cyber Monday sale this past year. These socks were my first attempt at toe ups. I ended up using a figure 8 cast on and increasing along. The problems started pretty quickly after that. I have tiny feet, seriously small (I can average a woman’s size 5.5-6.5 depending on the shoe) which means that when I usually cast on for socks if I follow a pattern with a woman’s small they still run the risk of being too big. Well this was the first time they seemed a little too small, I was hoping it was just the  way toe ups worked at the beginning…but as I continued along the foot, I tried it on a few times, noticing it was fitting oddly. By the time I arrived at the spot to begin the gussets, to my horror I discovered some how I had messed up the stitch pattern. It was all sorts of wonky and off-center. I also found myself disliking the openness of the stitch pattern (it was lace-esq. which was not what I wanted.) After some debate I realized that there was really no point in continuing the pattern. I had messed things up enough, and well frankly I realized this pattern and I were not suited for one another. Of course this means I should try to find a pattern for the socks and my queue is not lacking in that department, although I am having visions of a new design with them, I just need to sort out the details a bit.

Our dearly departed Riff's. They were so young, and the knitter had such high hopes, but  sadly it was not meant to be.

Our dearly departed Riff’s. They were so young, and the knitter had such high hopes, but sadly it was not meant to be.

Unfortunately it was one of those times when sock yarn, pattern and knitter just don’t work out. Through no fault of the pattern I might add. Instead of forcing it into something I wouldn’t like/never wear, it was time to set it free and the Riff socks departed this world, via the frog pond last night. Anyone else see a pattern they thought they would love and once they got to the execution portion reality decided to slap you upside the head, while laughing like a maniac? It’s not just me right? Right?

From → Fiber Arts, Knitting

  1. I had problems with my first pair of riff’s. I messed up the gauge and twisted the stitches for the first section.

    I persevered and knit another pair, this time I got the pattern right, but the twisted stitches didn’t look right with the yarn I chose.

    I do however like the pattern and have made 2 pairs of vanilla socks with the bare bones.

    Sometimes socks just aren’t meant to be.

  2. Oh no, it’s not just you. I fire patterns all the time and for much lesser offenses than these. And, I’m not afraid to frog, although I was when I was a newer knitter and was worried about how long it would take to make progress on the next try. You’re wise to cut your losses early – it’s not a successful project unless you enjoy the outcome, at least that’s my measure. Happy Knitting!

  3. Amanda Gerodias permalink

    Not necessarily with knitting since I am thus far still not a knitter (although I have dabbled a bit at starting to learn), but I have tried things that I thought would be great and found out I was not suited for the project. But, even if you don’t do a sock in January because the pattern you picked did not work right, you can look forward to starting a new one in a little over two weeks and I am sure that pattern could very well work much better for you 🙂 Good luck for the next 11 months!

  4. I can so relate to the small feet issue! Mine run about the same size as yours! I find something in the 60-stitch range us where I usually land. If there’s not a lot of stretch in the pattern I can go up to 66 if I’m using size 0s but even that can be too big. sometimes I can get away with it by shortening the foot a little before the gusset, the extra stretch for foot length compensates for a little loose around, but still… too small is an unusual and surprising experience when it happens!

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