I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I love stranded colorwork. I had purchased the First Footing kit from Kate Davies online shop a couple months ago knowing a pair of colorwork socks were on my must-knit list for this year of socks. While I’ve done enough colorwork in my day, I’ve never braved socks. In all honesty, I was concerned with fit — with my floats being too tight, with my gauge being wonky. After finishing up my Snowfling Mitts though, I decided that with the colorwork in my hands there was no time like the present to take the leap into this project.
I started over once when I recognized that I needed to go up a needle size, but other than that this project was pretty smooth sailing.
I will admit my favorite part was probably the ribbed cuff. Usually I am an English style knitter, but in stranded colorwork I hold one color in each hand. For whatever random reason, my continental purling is much stronger than my continental knit stitch, so with the white in my left hand this was a fun and unusual chance to use those purling skills.
The colorwork, however, I found to be much like my Hermione’s Everyday Socks — just one more repeat and I’ll stop… ok, just one more. You know what I mean, the kind of pattern that propels you forward.
I did make some modifications for the heel flap based off the image supplied by Kate Davies on the pattern as well as the reviews of others on Ravelry. You can see my full notes on my Ravelry project page. Suffice to say I agree with the reviews in that I believe the heel flap for the Medium size should be shorter than listed on the pattern. I love Kate Davies designs and I will continue to knit Kate Davies patterns because I do find them wonderful and brilliant. That being said, I haven’t been able to track down a general pattern errata page for her designs which I think would be incredibly helpful. Thankfully, you can always scour the Kate Davies (Love) Ravelry group for pattern discussion that examines these designs and provides a forum to ask questions — that’s where I found the info on the heel flap. It takes more time than a simple errata page, but it does the trick.
These are my sixth finished pair in the Socks with Sarah KAL. I’m so shocked at the progress and at how rich my understanding of sock knitting is becoming.
So. Much. Fun.