Um, well, No....I've started—and done some—but there are more fringes to add—a lot more. First the yarns to cut, and fold, and knot in place. Finally, I will need to trim the edge. Fringe is, or rather can be, easy, and I am doing an easy fringe...but it is a bit time consuming, as well as using up a lot of yarn.
|Only the toe to do.|
But the pink crown socks are closer to being finished! I will be starting the toe shaping in the next round — The toe won't take much time—decreases every other round always make the work go fast. Then they will be done! The question then is: What's next?
I mentioned, in an earlier post, that my favorite style socks is one with a fancy cuff, and relatively plain body—a generic sock with a special top. I have a lot of these. Ruffles or beads, or pattern work, lace or layer—there are lots of ways to dress up the top end of a sock. I change up the heels, and sometimes do something special with the toes, too. I find a nice yarn doesn't need much to make very nice sock--a little flair is plenty.
|A Twisted Rope Effect Edge Stitch|
I have been thinking about another special top for a pair of socks—first I thought of a braid—a Rapunzel sock, and was thinking how to work the braid in the round. I got distracted from working on the scarf fringe, by making a swatch of just such an idea.
Here is the first idea (a failure) not a braid, but a twisted rope. It looks good, but it is not stretchy enough. It might be better with a provisional cast on, (which might have more stretch) but as is, it won't work--the edge (lower edge in image) is too tight. It might work with just more twisted ropes --but already the stitch count is 66, and making more ropes, and then decreases? I don't know. So this swatch, will be unraveled, and reworked.
I have a better understanding of the stitch pattern process, though, and now know how to join the pattern in a round. So I will go back to the idea of working the stitch pattern in a braid--(not a twisted rope like loop) and see how that works.
The stitch (pattern) is easy, but a bit tedious—Worked as a braid, it's is two times as tedious as the looped rope. It's OK for a sock edging—but I wouldn't want to use this for much else. Though I am thinking it might be nice for an inset on a hat. I'll keep that in mind—and think about how I could use it.
I think I am going to keep experimenting with this stitch pattern. But in the meanwhile, I think I will change plans, and do my next pair of socks from my sock club collection. A pair made from a self patterning yarn—in a tiger stripe. The kind of self patterning yarn that demands nothing but plain knitting—and turns out fabulous all on its own. A bag is all set up ready to go.
(One other positive note: The semi annual cleaning of all the shelves and bins of the refrigerator is half done—Order, once again is beginning to prevails. )