Tuesday, April 01, 2008

OK—I lied.. the post about heels will have to wait!

First off, today is First of the month Free-Be, and second, the Red Ribbon socks are finished.

EZ was the Opinionated knitter; Anne Zilboorg is the the Knitting Anarchist; Anne Modisett is the Knitting Heretic—Me? I am the Imperfect Knitter.

The Red Ribbon sock –an experimental sock is a perfect example of my Imperfectionist tendencies.

It's not a perfect sock. It's serviceable, (and I will wear then) but the design is imperfect--and there are some imperfections in the knitting too!
I am not a knitter who frogs, and frogs, and frogs again until I get it perfect—I don't aim for perfect.--small imperfections are perfectly OK with me.

This sock has LOTS of wonderful qualities, --but some, mostly æsthetic, flaws.

Take the toe... It's rooming and comfortable, but flat (and on the foot), the tip 'rolls' forward. And this is not æsthetically pleasing.

The Heel looks misshaped—but actually is amazing comfortable on foot—a series of hidden increases add ease where it is needed, and the center back decreases pull the sock tight over back of the heel.

The strong diagonal V's?--Not well thought out design wise (the back of the sock looks so much better than the front!) but they function very well—the sock wraps around the foot, ankle and leg.. and fits beautifully (the socks are very snug, but also very stretchy)

I have already cast on for a second pair of basically the same design--the currently noted imperfections will be resolved.. (Though, perhaps there will be other, unanticipated imperfections to come!)

(Oh, I forgot to mention, these socks were knit with some oatmeal color Kroy sock Yarn that was over dyed with easter egg food coloring to make a near solid light red yarn. The sock yarn was from a swap with Elizabeth (elsbeth, betsey, etc..)

The Carrageen Stitch Scarf

Carrageen is a pale yellow seaweed (that dries to a creamy white) that is harvested of the coast of Ireland, in the dark blue sea. The carrageen has ruffled leaves, and the sea is often choppy. The pattern captures the rich, deep colors and the motion of sea and seaweed.

Original designed for a chunky boucle,(discontinued!) the stitch pattern works well with solids, near solids and painted colorways. (and the original was given away (before I thought to photograph it!)

Like the sea, different yarns, create different effects—but don't feel you have to limit your self to blues.. this textured stitch works well with many color ways, and creates a deeply textured diagonal scarf.

Finished size: apx 10 inches by 45.

Use a needle appropriate for the yarn—the fabric should be open and drapy.
(you'll need between 200 yards(bulkier/CYC #) and 350 yards (finer/CYC#3)

Using long tail cast on, Cast on 27 (a multiple of 4+3) stitches—to 43 stitches--(Fewer for bulky yarns, more for finer yarns.)

Row 1: (wrong side row) K2, * P2, K2, * end with P1
Row 2: Knit in front and back of first stitch, K1, *P2, K2*, end last repeat with K2tog.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

The pattern stitch will be hard to recognizable a textured yarn, but contributes a deeply textured, random quality to the surface. With smooth fine yards, texture at first seems random.
(this is less true when knit straight.. the diagonal nature of the scarf contributes to the effect)

The front side is offset (purl one knit stitch, then purl one purl stitch, (P2) followed by knit one purl stitch , then knit one knit, (k2) similar to a double seed stitch
The wrong side is Purl the knits, and knits the purls.

The stitch pattern is designed for bias/diagonal knitting, but can also be adapted to working in the round--
Worked in brown earthy colors, the result is something like plowed fields, worked in blues and greys, it's like a pebbled beach—in bright colors, it could look like a field of wild flowers.

(A reminder: this pattern, simple as it is, is copyrighted. Do not copy or distribute in any formate with out express permission--the about page of this blog has an email address if you wish to contact me)

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