Friday, January 25, 2013

Knitting: Socks with a Lesson in Joglessness Part 2

The first socks I've ever knitted were also a test of my multiple colour knitting skills. They were a pair of 'Skull Isle Socks' done in the round using the Fair Isle or stranded technique.

They turned out pretty good, but I made a few mistakes when I did the first sock. As you can see below, some of my skulls and other details did not match up at the beginning of the round.

It wasn't exactly my fault, as the pattern does not say that this will happen or how to fix it. Also, the pattern pictures of the completed sock don't show the problem either.

Details on how I fixed it after the jump...

If you missed it, here are some of the jogs in the pattern highlighted.

One of the skull's eyes is higher than the other, the crossbones don't meet up, and my diamonds don't look like diamonds. This happened because the skull pattern was split in two at the beginning of the round. Here is a bit of the pattern detail.

Because there is a lot of background colour, there was a simple fix. Simply, move the pattern of the first skull or diamond on the first needle (at the beginning of the round) up by one row. Knit the rest of the row as normal. Then, when back to the beginning of the round, knit the first skull or diamond as the pattern told you to do for the row below. All the jogs are hidden in the background.

I could have also started the skull or diamond on the last needle one row early, but chose to do it the other way as it was easier to remember.

Here is sock number two.

Look ma! No jogs! Anyway, if you are knitting Fair Isle in the round, this is something to keep in mind.

"Skull Isle Socks" by Chrissy Gardiner from "Stitch 'n Bitch Superstar Knitting" by Debbie Stoller.