First Footing

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.

20140313-131439.jpgMuch of it was worked over tea while nursing my kids’ cold and then nursing myself through my own.

cuff detailI 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.

detail colorworkThe 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.

detail gussetI think this little gusset image is pretty neat — I love how the stripes and colorwork motif comes together here.

wholeAll in all, they turned out pretty great… and they fit well, too!

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.

18 responses to “First Footing

  1. Wow, these are amazing. My first and only colorwork sock experience was not nearly this beautiful at the end! (the socks turned out being about the right size for clown feet.) I love red and cream together too, so classic!

  2. OH MY they are gorgeous!! I am working on my first ever color work pattern as I have always been deathly afraid. You have inspired me! thank you!

    • You are welcome! Colorwork definitely takes practice, but it gets easier with every project. And you can’t beat watching those motifs take shape! Enjoy!

  3. I am a fan of KateDavies’ colorwork designs ! I haven’t tried any of her recent patterns, but found Neepheid to be very easy to knit. I also knit with a color in each hand… the best way of course…lol 🙂 Sweet Socks Sarah!

    • Right?! Lol! Seriously, whatever gets the job done and is comfortable.:) I find because Davies’ motifs are usually pretty traditional, they have a good rhythm/repeat and therefore are enjoyable knits. Thanks for the kind words!

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