I chose cascade heritage sock yarn for this project since it comes in many colors, isn't overly expensive and I can purchase it at Green Planet Yarn, my LYS.
This sock is sized for a US 8 - 8.5 shoe size and I'm a US 5.5 - 6. I'm going to have to modify the sock to fit, so I'm going to have to do a lot of chunking. For this sock, I'm going to chunk around each pattern motif / color change.
|My first chunk is the cuff. I cast on 72 stitches using Tilly Buddy's Very Stretchy Cast On with US 1.5 (2.5mm) needles.. Since I like a shorter leg, I'm knitting 15 rows in 2x2 rib, for about 1 1/2". I complete this chunk by knitting the first row of chart 1 with a US 2.0 (2.75 mm) needle. I distributed 6 M1L (instead of 4) evenly while knitting this row. There are now 76 stitches at the start of stranding.|
|I noticed that the first flower chart had an odd column of stitches in column (stitch) 1. I removed these stitches and arranged the flowers so that there are 2 stitches between each flower. Since this is a paid pattern, I'm only showing the columns between the flowers in the chart.|
|Twelve chart rows completed.|
|Row 13 is a stripe of color A. I am knitting 2 rows, instead of 1 row for 2 reasons. 1) I can create a jogless stripe; 2) when decreasing the 2 stitches, I can decrease them in row 2 so they won't visible decrease the pattern above.|
|I didn't need to modify the cat pattern, or so I thought. I should have realigned the pattern so that the cat was centered in the leg. I'll see if I can do something about that when I get to the heel flap. I completed this section with 2 rows of brown, for consistency with my earlier 2 row brown stripe. I may not be able to maintain the 2 row stripe when I get to the foot.|
|I decided to modify the blue sky section for length. I didn't knit rows 45 & 46. So I only have one set of leaves. This helps to compensate for the 2-row brown stripes. It also might be useful when shortening my foot.|
|Since the cats weren't centered, I rearranged the stitches on my needles by moving the last 3 stitches on each needle to the other needle to better center the cat. Its not perfect, since the leaf band is actually 7 stitches wide.|
|I thought the heel would look better with a more vertical pattern, rather than the specified horizontal look, so I initially went with the alternate approach of a corrugated rib heel. I tried this on both a US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and a US 1.0 (2.25 mm) needles. Both created a heel flap that was way to long. So I decided to do a stranded heel stitch heel. This required a little thought. I needed to carry the slipped stitch color across when working the right side. I did this with a US 1.0 (2.25 mm) needles. The end result is a thick, cushy heel that still has a corrugated rib feel.|
My pickup resulted in 18 pickups. I didn't realize that I would be knitting across the instep in color A. Next time I would end the leg with only one round of color A, so my 2 row color A stripe would be maintained throughout.
Because of the 18 stitch pickup, I have an extra stitch on each side of my gusset. To account for this, I added an extra background stitch on the "inside" of the decreases. I continued with the extra stitch until row 12, where I added an extra set of decreases.
I wanted to continue with my large flower chart, but my stitch count was off. I needed 39 stitches and had 38. I did a PU&K after the 38th stitch, in my pattern color. The stitch will be decreased out in the second row of the brown stripe.
I also realized that the rearrangement of my stitches to center the cat results in a different alignment of the large flowers. Oh well. Recharting chart A to center the cat would fix this issue.
I changed needles from US 1.5 (2.50 mm) to US 1.0 (2.25 mm) in the second row of brown following the large flowers.
|I recharted chart A to center the cat on the foot. This played with my brain because the color of the sole alignment was altered as a result of the chart A changes and I didn't take the time to rechart the sole to correspond with the instep changes. I ended up accidently changing the foreground background relationship of the sole. Luckily it looks good. I stopped with the end of the small flowers and changed colors, knitting 1 row in brown. Foot is now complete.|
|I knit a simple round toe as follows: Round 1- K; Round 2- K 1, SSK, K to 3 stitches before end of needle, K2tog, K1, k1, SSK, K to 3 stitches before end of needle, K2tog, K1.|
Some modification ideas that I didn't try:
More information on this sock can be found at Rondo's Escape.
Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits. Pattern is copyright by Sonja Launspach