Sunday, 2 September 2007

Interweave Knits Honeycomb Socks






From the Fall 2007 edition - this is one of the staff projects (you can download the pattern and 6 more toe-up patterns here Knitted in Silkwood 4 ply Sock Yarn, Bluebells colourway. The yarn is 100% wool and isn't particularly soft but the finished socks will be good for winter.
I like the colourway - all blues and purples - and the fact that this yarn produces subtle stripes and no pooling. Unfortunately there are 3 reasons I don't like the pattern. Firstly, the honeycomb stitch around the leg produces a tight fabric with little stretch and the sock is VERY difficult to put on as it won't stretch round my heel. Secondly, I don't like the fact that the honeycomb has the purl stitches in front, I prefer one with the knit stitches in front instead. Thirdly, I am a bit of a perfectionist and I don't like the way that the rib pattern on the foot morphs into the honeycomb stitch - the two patterns don't line up properly. (See photo 2) On the positive side, this is now the basis for a sock pattern of my own that really fits my foot....
Watch this space - this sock is going to be frogged back to the beginning of the leg and redone (in my opinion) properly.

4 comments:

Dorothy said...

I love purples, and the socks look wonderful!

Jeanne said...

Gorgeous yarn! Thanks for the notes on the pattern - can't wait to see what you do with your own!

Anonymous said...

You're very brave to frog so much of that sock! Despite the design flaws, it came out beautifully and the colorway is fantastic.

K1T2 Pal

Arianne said...

I can't wait to see the reworked sock! :)

I agree with you about the purled vs. the knitted honeycomb pattern, and also about the way the pattern goes from ribbing straight to honeycomb. It's not very elegant the way it changes...

Can't wait to see how you've fixed it! :)