I skeined up the Collinette Jitterbug yarn the same day that I bought it. I had to knit socks out of that luscious purple yarn. I chose the Child's Sock pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. I tried it on when I was two repeats in (attempt #1), and I was worried that it was slightly too big. With all my sock knitting experience, I decided this wasn't good enough. I know how to make my socks fit. I would do better.
I tried it with 7 repeats around, instead of 8 (attempt #2). This was way too small. OK. Since the first time I had 64 stitches and the second time I had 56 stitches, I decided I needed something in between. I went to my Favorite Socks book, and found the Embossed Leaves socks. This was also 64 stitches, but I could remove one of the purl stitches on each needle and have the pattern work out well. I cast on 60 stitches and got started on the ribbing (attempt #3). I decided to do the regular k1 p1 ribbing instead of the twitsted stitch ribbing that was recommended. After a few rows in, I could see that this clearly was not going to work. The sock was way too small.
Swallowing my pride, I cast on 64 stitches to try again (attempt #4). I decided to also do the recommended ribbing, and bravely got started. I realized on the third round that I had read the first round wrong. Instead of k1 (k1 tbl, s1) repeat, I did (k1, k1 tbl, s1) repeat. This would not work. I tore this out, and started again (attempt #5). I decided to go *back* to regular k1, p1 ribbing. This time the ribbing looked great, and it fit over my foot easily. I did 2.5 repeats of the pattern before the heel (one repeat less than the pattern) because the yardage isn't so great in the Jitterbug yarn. I turned the heel, and it was beautiful. I realized that I hadn't tried on my sock in awhile.
It didn't fit.
This lace pattern isn't nearly as stretchy as Child's First Sock. And oh, the book recommended size 2 needles, and I was using size 1. I hadn't noticed that before.
The sock is now ripped back to the cuff. I'm not yet certain when attempt #6 will begin in earnest. I'm thinking about the Child's First Sock pattern over 64 stitches.....