If you teach, or just want to be happy with your knitting, its an article of faith,
YOU MUST SWATCH!
Except… I don’t--well I do most times, but sometimes… I waffle.
Waffle-- a combination of rib and garter-- is wonder full stitch. Its compresses in length, and in width.. (and its stretches in length and width!)
It’s a great stitch pattern for knitting swatch-less socks.
These socks-- Austermann’s sock yarn with Jojoba and Aloe Vera in the yarn--are knit at 9 stitch to the inch gauge, on size 2(US) but even if they were knitter looser or tighter, they would still be a one size fits most sock.
The toe up sock with a identical heel--is not a short row toe and heel, but my own unvention. It’s the style I’ll be teaching tomorrow and again on December 1st at
The Villiage Knitter in Babylon, LI.
It’s a small shop, but Karen has a knack for packing it full of wonderful yarns, (with a dozen types of sock yarn to chose from, in rich pallette of colors!)
I finished this pair Tuesday, and now have started on a new pair of socks, for me, that I am calling, for now at least, “it’s raining cherry gumdrops” . I am also watching The Yarn Harlot’s progress with Lisa Grossman’s pattern “Kitri” (for vanCalcar yarns).
Lisa is another Babylon knitter--and her sock designs are amazing!
I’ll be teaching socks again in the new year, and would love to teach a class on my obsession, Cast On’s. If you’re interested, in a sock class or in a class to learn Cast On’s let Karen know.