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Eye to Eye of Patridge [May. 12th, 2012|11:30 am]
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 I'm now working on my third pair of socks, this one the same yarn (Ella rae Classic, 100% wool) but bright green, and I'm still tinkering with the design.   (For instance, this pair has a four stitch decrease spread around four needles  just below the cuff ribbing.)    For the heel flap, I decided to go with one of the "reinforcing" stitches, and went with Eye of Partridge just because I hadn't seen it before.   Turns out it's kind of a finicky thing (for someone who likes to knit in a rhythm and just rock along thinking of something else.)   This means I'm slower on this heel flap than I was on the previous ones, and this on a pair of socks I really need to get done pretty quickly, before I go to a convention. 

However, here's where I am on one of the socks (having speared the heel flap with a knitting needle to keep it from curling so much I couldn't photograph it.)


(R) Eye of Partridge stitch above, stockinette below      (L) Wrong, or "inside" of heel flap showing EP purl above, regular below

I don't think I'll be using it on heel flaps again--will try "heel stitch" instead--but may use it on small decorative areas, as on afghan or scarf segments.   Also don't think it looks much like a partridge's eye, but as there are thousands of stitch patterns, finding unique and appropriate names for each one must be difficult.  

Since I didn't do the sensible thing and do a pattern swatch before starting it, I know it's affecting my gauge but not how much.  (Yes, sometimes it really is smart to do that swatch ahead of time.  Sigh.  Well, I have two more balls of green yarn to play with, if these socks turn out to be a very difficult fit...)

Another bit of advice-from-experience: don't try a new stitch pattern when you're in a hurry and have a hard deadline on when something must be done.  Too late now for me, but maybe that will help someone else.   If I'd just knitted the heel flaps in stockinette, as I did the first two pairs of socks, I'd be a lot closer to turning the heels (which I'd planned to do today...I would've finished the heel flaps yesterday or early today.   Minor adjustments done with fitting, like the 4 stitch decrease mentioned above, don't slow you down nearly as much as having to remember which row you're on for patterning.  If Interrupted, I can stop stockinette anywhere--I'm either knitting or purling whole rows at a time, and all the knit and purl rows are the same.


From: (Anonymous)
2012-05-12 04:50 pm (UTC)

Given the length of the floats, it's hard to tell how hard-wearing it will be.

My name is Karen, and I've only ever knitted a single sock, but I've knitted several Aran sweaters, and I suspect the basic concept is the same -- the more yarn you put into a given space, the thicker the fabric will be, and, as a result, the longer the fabric will wear and the more "cush" it will provide.

Since this particular stitch causes "floats" every other row (similar to the long areas of yarn without "anchors" used in Fair Aisle knitting), my guess is that you will be more likely to catch a toenail on these heels than your previous pairs. However, they should provide a tremendous amount of added "cush" -- and, depending on your needs, that may be just what the doctor ordered.

The good news is that, as long as the wool isn't superwash, it should felt sufficiently over time to retain the "cush" factor while losing the "snagability."
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-05-12 05:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Given the length of the floats, it's hard to tell how hard-wearing it will be.

I don't think catching a toenail will be a problem, since this is only on the back of the heel--my toenails should be scraping the instep stitches, if anything, not these.

I hope it's not going to take up so much extra yarn that I run out before I get to the toes!

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[User Picture]From: 90sbondgirl
2012-05-13 03:18 pm (UTC)
Suddenly I seem to be surrounded by knitters! Another friend admitted to knitting a couple days ago. The green socks look very cool, I can't wait to see them finished.

I will see how long I can hold out against the "peer pressure" before I cave and go buy yarn and needles.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-05-13 08:19 pm (UTC)
I swear I am not trying to pressure anyone into knitting. It's just that, having started knitting again last year after a 40+ year hiatus...and having broken the "I can't do socks; only my mother can do socks" barrier, I'm excited and want to show what I've done.

I just washed the red socks (wore them to church this morning) and they're drying outside. If this makes it rain, I'll be delighted, but otherwise maybe they'll dry faster.

The blue socks are clean and ready.

I think (!) I've figured out how to fix the mistake I made in this eye of partridge pattern on one sock (not fix as in make it all go away, but fix as in from here out it will be back on pattern.) I must finish these heel flaps in the next two days to have a hope of finishing the socks in good time for the trip. (Because other things also have to be done and I can't knit four hours a day!)

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[User Picture]From: blueeowyn
2012-05-14 03:46 pm (UTC)
As a non-knitter who has several friends who knit, I'm enjoying hearing about your advances (though some of the pictures still look like traction to me). I was amused reading about Hazel and knitting in Rules of Engagement...
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