Did I throw you off with that title? Don't worry, I'm still on my single sock craze. I just have two singles to show you!
Pattern: Dahlia Socks by Sundara Murphy
Yarn: Sundara Sock Yarn in Dahlia (Petals Collection for April)
Needles: Susan Bates DPNs size 1
Time to Knit: May 7 - May 12
Modifications: I Kitchenered the toe instead of drawing the last few stitches up in a knot. That's it!
This was a gorgeous yarn and a beautiful pattern. My favorite Petals Collection combination so far! The only problem I had was the heel flap was just a little bit too short, so the sock is slightly tight at the top of my instep. Not enough to rip out and redo, though! I'll probably make the second sock have a longer flap.
Pattern: Spiral Boot Socks by Veronik Avery (IK Summer 2007)
Yarn: Socks that Rock Silkie in Walking on the Wild Tide (Rockin' Sock Club for April)
Needles: Susan Bates DPNs size 2
Time to Knit: May 6 - May 13
Modifications: Plenty! This pattern was written to be knee socks. I did spend some time considering this, as a lot of my fellow Rockin' Sock Club members were making Grasshopper Knee Highs. In the end, I wanted a normal sized sock. I had to change the top a little bit-- the decorative knitting and stitches were based on an 8-stitch repeat, and I was starting out with a 6-stitch repeat. This is what I did:
1. On the first decorative stitch round, I replaced the "knit 2'"s with "knit 1's.
2. I had to change the cuff chart to work with 6 stitches. I couldn't modify the original and have it work out correctly, so I just used one in the "spirit" of the original.
3. I then just used the Ankle Spiral Pattern for 6 inches, and began the leg. I increased the heel flap by 4 rows (I am learning some things as I go along), and I also descreased down to 28 sole stitches.
I love the way this sock fits. I think it's a great pattern to use with this particular yarn-- it allows me to show off all of the gorgeous colors and still show off the stitch work. The pattern was very nice, too. I thought it was very clever to shift the sock around on the needles so that the pattern is simplified. It made it one of those easy "knit while talking" or 'knit while watching Lost" socks!
My single sock count is now five! The next sock is on the needles-- it's one I'm designing for my Sockapalooooza Sock Pal. I'll have pictures for you soon!