Rip-it! Rip-it!

May 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm 2 comments

Spring is the time when the frogs return and I’m suffering from a plague. Not of frogs, but of frogging.

Inspired by one of my knitting/blogging heroes, Mary Scott Huff, I am learning stranded colorwork. I am also learning toe-up sock knitting. Both at the same time. Considering that any new technique will inevitably require at least two tries, plus an extra try to get the size/gauge right, I think I am now at my limit for starting over. Yup. Nothing but smooth sailing for this sock!

Of course, some of the frogging is due to my inability to just follow a pattern as written (this applies to recipes as well). The pattern is for a Bosnian slipper sock, and it is part of a Craftsy class called Knit Sock Workshop. The colorwork pattern provided for the sock is a simple geometric stripe/diamond design–perfect for beginners. But, of course, why should I put all that time into a geometric design when I don’t really like it? I much prefer curves and organic shapes.

So, I scoured Pinterest and started collecting charted designs. And then I had to take it a step further and mash ideas together using Excel spreadsheets to chart variation upon variation. And I finally designed a very nice swirl, took up my size 3 DPNs and blasted through the first 4 rounds of the body (the basic toe with increases was already done in a solid color).

Now, the beauty of the toe-up sock is that you can actually stick your toe into it as you progress to check the size. With each round I knitted onto the body of the sock, I felt more apprehensive about the size. So, I did it. I spread out the stitches on the needles and slipped my bare toes into the end.

Not big. HUGE.

So, frogging I will go. I may have to drop down a needle size (yikes! size 2 toothpicks!) and I am also switching to a more simple charted design, one that will be easier to alter to the new dimensions. I’m calling it “noodles.” I hope frogs don’t like noodles.

Old and new design charts

Just before frogging. Old design chart in blue and white. New noodles chart in green and white.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mom  |  May 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    This is so far beyond my skills/knowledge/experience, I can’t even relate to it……except maybe because my feet are larger than yours, you could just keep going and see how it turns out for a Christmas gift! ;-)

  • 2. tanglethorne  |  May 31, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Sorry, the frog has already visited! The new design is looking pretty good so far!


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