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diamond waffle / mock wave cable socks

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/firecat/diamond-waffle-socks

Needles:
US 0 / 2.0 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs
US 1 / 2.25 mm Knitpicks nickel-plated 16" circs


Yarn: Fleece Artist Nova Socks
1 skein = 355.0 yards (324.6m)
Colorway amethyst
Purchased at Stitches West in Santa Clara, California



This one shows the color better:
mock wave cable toe-up socks

This one shows the wavy rib pattern:
mock wave cable toe-up socks

Notes:
I started out with this yarn thinking I was going to make Diamond Waffle socks, but the yarn is variegated and didn’t look good with the pattern.

So I decided to use the cable pattern from the Mock Wave Cable socks in Favorite Socks. That is a top-down pattern, but it seemed like the pattern would work toe-up also. So these socks are sort of a combination of the two patterns.

Tried KnitPicks rosewood circulars to start this, they were too grabby with the yarn. Switched to the nickel plated ones. Can’t figure out the “lighter circular beginning” cast-on to save my life, so did Judy’s magic cast-on instead.

I have thick insteps and ankles so I switched from size small to size medium at the point where the increases started. After turning the heel, I switched from size 0 to size 1 needles.

The 2-ply merino superwash yarn is nice to work with. It produces pretty, subtle color changes and a thick yummy fabric when ribbed. It also blooms sweetly when washed.

Comments

pir_anha
Apr. 27th, 2008 11:58 pm (UTC)
mad skillz
i think it's really cool that you're now at the point where you can just substitute a different pattern and even turn it around for part of the sock when the original plan doesn't pan out.
firecat
Apr. 28th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Re: mad skillz
Thanks...actually I can't follow a pattern verbatim to save my life. But it's certainly useful to know that I can knit socks toe-up even if the pattern I want to use is top-down. (For some patterns.)

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