The challenge in the Dutch sockknitting group was 'knitting from your shelf', knit a pattern that you only have on paper. I just returned from a trip to Germany, where I stocked up on small knitting booklets...
... but finally I decided on a pattern from an older Dutch knitting book. And my daughter liked the orange yarn I had won in the Sockmadness competition. So I took these with me to Barcelona. Socks are the ideal travel project, small and portable.
het patroon: V-vorm met kabels over 60 steken, mijn standaard stekenaantal. Maar de Hazelknits Artisan sock is wat dikker dan standaard sokkenwol. Tijdens het breien had ik al het gevoel dat er iets niet klopte. De sok is duidelijk te groot uitgevallen, zelfs voor de dochter met maat 41. Ik kwam dus terug uit Barcelona zonder sokken voor de dochter.
I started the pattern over 60 stitches, which is my default number of stitches for a sock. But the Hazelknits Artisan sock is a bit thicker then the usual sockyarn. I already had a feeling that something was not quite right. Obviously this sock is way too big, even for my daughter with big feet. So, I came back from Barcelona without a pair of socks for my daughter...
... but I made some progress on the scarf in Icelandic wool for the colleague who is retiring this Fall.
Second try with the same sockpattern and a different yarn did not work out either. So I decided to frog this one also.
Socks Architecture vind je allerlei aparte hielen en tenen, met voor- en nadelen van de verschillende constructies. Bovendien zijn er ook nog 17 volledig uitgewerkte patronen, in 5 verschillende maten.
A pattern from another book maybe? Socks Architecture describes several heels and toes, and contains 17 patterns in 5 different sizes.
This pattern uses a Balbrigan heel. The decreasing is done in the heelflap. You end up with a small number of stitches that you graft together. I used a selfstriping yarn, which worked very nicely with an easy pattern. But because you don't have any gusset decreases, this sock pattern is not suitable for people with a high gussett. And as it happens, my daughter has a high gusset.
It looks like I will have to keep these socks for myself...