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May 6, 2006

Labor of Love

It's a blast from the past: Jason's Black Watch Plaid socks! You might recall that these were originally gifted at Christmas, but turned out to be a bit big. A "bit big" was a bit of an understatment, and I ended up re-knitting them entirely. I added some ribbing, knit them from the toe-up and, hey, they only took four months!


So why a labor of love? When both socks were finished a few weeks ago, I held them up and realized one was much wider than the other. How could that be? My knitting is crazy loose, but consistently so. Closer investigation revealed that I had knit the first sock in a 2x2 rib, and the second in a 3x1 rib. Idiot!

I was not about to rip out the entire second sock. Well, I could have, but it would have annoyed me so much that I would have had to banish them to the bottom of my pile of knitting until I forgave them (and by "them" I mean "myself"). Goodness knows how long they would have languished. So, I improvised. On the 3x1 sock, I went around and one at a time dropped every third stitch all the way back to the beginning of the rib. Then I used a crochet hook to pick up the stitch and turn it from a knit into a purl all the way back up to the cuff (toe-up, remember). Twelve times I did this, cursing my inattention to detail all the while. It was tedious and the dark yarn almost make me go blind, but it was he's worth it!

Posted by shannon at May 6, 2006 10:19 AM | For related posts: Christmas Knitting 2005, For Jason, Socks


Aw, that's commitment :) Nice job--impressive fix--and great socks!

Posted by: Mintyfresh at May 6, 2006 10:43 AM

Lovely socks. Very quietly colorful.

Posted by: colleen at May 6, 2006 11:45 AM

Wow! Impressive fix.

Posted by: Johanna at May 6, 2006 1:26 PM

i bow to you...i wouldn't have even thought of that, much less done it....we'll miss you today at the swap

Posted by: lisa b at May 7, 2006 9:38 AM

Very clever fix! that never would have occurred to me as I was ripping the heck out of it and cursing myself!!!

Posted by: Juls at May 28, 2006 6:56 PM