Friday, August 07, 2009

How Long?

The pattern I'm using for the toe up socks* uses a formula to determine how long you knit before starting the arch increases. And this formula uses row gauge as one of its factors. The pattern sensibly says to work the sock for a couple of inches then measure row gauge.

My problem here is the yarn. This is a cotton/Lycra blend rather similar to Elann Esprit or Cascade Fixation, but slightly more boucle in effect when knit. And it's more than a little difficult to distinguish one row from the next when knit up in stockinette.

It became somewhat easier when I turned it inside out. Those purl side bumps stand up to be counted just a bit better.

Now onwards and upwards.

* "Coriolis" from Cat Bordhi's New Pathways for Sock Knitters


Anonymous said...

Increases for the arch? I need to get that book from the library to see what that is all about. Clever idea to count the purl bumps!

smariek said...

Interesting bit about measuring on the purl side.