Tuesday, February 06, 2007

So, about those socks...

Well, the Holiday Headstart socks for February aren't off to a very good start. I'm supposed to knit them on size 2 (U.S.) needles, so already I'm a tad out of my comfort zone. Me likes 1's. The gauge is 8 1/2 sts to one inch, and I only got 7 1/2 sts to the inch. So what does that mean? I hate math. Let me see... I cannot figure this out. Does this mean, at 64 sts, my socks will be bigger than the pattern wanted? That's what it means, doesn't it? So I should knit the gauge on 1's, and see if I get 8 1/2 sts to the inch, right? But what if it would be good if they were a tad bigger? *sigh* I hate when a gauge doesn't just work out. It's why I usually just go, and figure things will fit. The pattern, though, is neat and for me a bit tricky, from Knitlist.com. I know I can do it, because I screwed it up once, but I understood why it didn't work.

'Kay, I think I've got it. With 64 sts, at 8 1/2 sts to the inch, the sock would be 7 1/2 inches around. At 7 1/2 sts to the inch, at 64 sts, the socks will be 8 1/2 inches around. My foot (yikes) wants me to knit something like that, as there's a half inch of stretch (meaning with a measuring tape, while stepping on my foot, I measure 9 inches around). Will a half inch of stretch be enough? Or will it do that nasty bagging thing with shoes? I'm just wondering, because by the time you read this, I'll have started, going with the size 2 needles (and pretty rusty-colored Wildfoote yarn). After all, it's only a sock, right? A couple of weeks of work, what with the other projects on the needles, and it's only February. PLENTY of time =) Thanks for reading, I think I'm done thinking out loud....

4 comments:

LaurieM said...

To make matters worse, you lose the width of the stitches in the cable, which sort of ruins your calculations. When in doubt, add some ribbing, I suggest that you could put ribbing where the stockinette part is. That should kill any baggy ankles.

Brigitte said...

Oh, my head hurts.

I always stick to what needle size works for me - 1's, or even 0's. I have wee small feets...

Carrie K said...

I like 4 sts to an inch and big fat socks for tennis shoes so I'm completely not helpful. But I feel your pain.

That pot pie WAS pretty! And the fingerless mitts. I can't remember what other posts Blogger refused to let me comment on, but probabaly all of them, including this one.

Nora said...

Laurie's right - cables are a NIGHTMARE when it comes to gauge!

My head hurts too...