Sunday, April 25, 2010

viper malfuction

sneak sneak sneak...

sneak sneak

vipers

Look, half a second Viper sock! Progress! So what's the malfunction? Well, let's take a closer look at the heel:

viper heel detail

I'm doing SOMETHING wrong here, although I've made both heels match, so whatever I'm doing is right enough for this particular pair. See, you continue the swirled cables down the sides, but work ribbing and a central cable down the rest. The chart for the central cable is four rows long, with the cable on row 1. But you start the heel flap on row 4, and the pattern marks this as a right-side row, which makes row 1 a wrong side row, but you can't work the cable on a WS row! Huh?! So, I ended up just making stuff up and pretending that the chart was only intended for the right side, so doing RS (chart row 4), plain WS row, RS (chart row 1), WS, RS (chart row 2), etc. This means my central cable repeats every eight rows, which I'm pretty sure is wrong, from looking at other people's projects. I also had some RS/WS weirdness which resulted in the first heel-flap swirled cable crossing occurring a row too late. But, hey, I bet nobody would have noticed it if I hadn't written a big huge blog post about it.

Knitting content accomplished! Yay! Now it's time to make dinner - we're trying cornmeal-crusted tilapia with kale and rice. Yum!

5 comments:

photoknitdog said...

These are GORGEOUS! I love the yarn and the pattern. And I totally would have never noticed anything wrong with the heel if you hadn't pointed it out.

Kate said...

Those socks are beautiful! Love love love! Stick with them- they're almost done! That pattern is perfect with the yarn- amazing stitch definition!

Sara said...

I see nothing wrong at all! The socks are gorgeous.

Ann said...

Hey, it's officially a "design feature" if you replicate it on the second sock! Sometimes you've got to just wing it...

lori said...

I'm with Ann - just call it a design feature. :) The stitch definition is incredible with that yarn, i need to score a couple of skeins.