Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Amanda's Jaywalking now!

Well, I finished and mailed off my Secret Solstice socks finally. The original pattern gave me fits (and never would have worked) so I ripped it out early the morning of the gift exchange and started a pair of Jaywalkers per Amanda's request.

Pattern: Jaywalker
Yarn: Cherry Tree Hill Supersock
Started: 7/4/07
Finished: 7/21/07

I really enjoyed working with the Cherry Tree Hill yarn, which stood up well to the frogging it encountered in the first incarnation. The colors on the sock look even more lovely than in the skein or ball, and it has a surprising amount of stretch (great for this pattern!)

Now, after finishing these socks I started another pattern from Knitting Vintage Socks (Gentleman's Sock in Railway Stitch) and had huge amounts of confusion about it. Now, I don't think I'm being conceited in thinking that I'm a pretty smart cookie, so the fact that I had to read this pattern multiple times to understand what in the world Nancy Bush is talking about is a little odd.

Here's a quick recap:

The pattern has you cast on some stitches, knit some rib (so far so good), decrease one stitch, then start the pattern. Here's where the problem comes in. The stitch repeat is a multiple of five, after decreasing one stitch the sock is also a multiple of 5 stitches. Strangely enough there is a seam stitch, you are told "this is the 'seam' st and will be knitted every rnd unless otherwise specified" no other instructions are given. Now, after racking my brains I have decided that even though this is the "seam" st it should be counted in the pattern repeat before the decreases, because it just doesn't make any sense otherwise. But why would you call it a "seam" stitch when it is in pattern? And why would you have a multiple of 5 stitches and still have a "seam" stitch - especially when you actually just went to the trouble to decrease an extra stitch after the ribbing?

And yes, I've already checked the corrections, nothing there.

I was just going to devise my own way to do it when I read further in the pattern and discovered that decrease rows give very specific instructions for this stitch. Can I just have a chart, please? And then after the shaping is complete the seam stitch disappears. Now, I really want to know what the point is of having a disappearing "seam" stitch when the first stitch of the stitch pattern is always knit. And the pattern tells you to place a marker. Now, if I have a marker and this stitch eventually disappears, why in the world do I need a seam stitch?

The big problem here is after the disaster with Amanda's socks, I'm a little afraid to continue with this pattern. These socks are also not for me and also on a deadline. Well, wish me luck!

Grow Up and Blow Away ~ Metric, Bodies ~ Smashing Pumpkins

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Blogger Janelle said...

Those are beautiful! I love the colors.

Sorry I can't help on the Gentleman's sock, I don't have the book. Do you think that first stitch in the stitch pattern that's always knit might be the same stitch that she's calling the "seam" stitch? If it's a repeat of 5 stitches and you have a multiple of 5 on the needles, there's no room for an extra stitch. Hmm.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Stariel said...

Yes, to clarify I'm pretty sure it is just part of the pattern (but it will always be a knit stitch before the decreases so calling it a seam stitch is a little odd). I'm just hoping that once I do the decreases it won't get weird. But - and this is a great use for Ravelry - there are quite a few people on there that have knit these socks and no one says the pattern is wrong so I'm hoping...

8:32 PM  
Blogger bradyphrenia said...

i haven't made that particular pair, but a lot of the socks in that book refer to "seams." i figured it was just transferring the language of the vintage pattern, and all it really means is that the shaping is done in this one particular location or "seam line", not around the entire sock.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Impossible Princess said...

came out really cute!

12:38 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Stretchy Jaywalkers? I thought that was an urban myth... ;)

The Denmark pattern also has info about the placement of a seam stitch. I just ignored it, it seemed superfluous. I was right!

I perused the Gentleman's pattern, and I think if you just ignore the words "seam stitch" and follow the instructions you should be fine. It looks like the placement of the marker is the important part, not the "seam stitch" itself. If you cross out the words "seam stitch" and any seam stitch parentheticals in the instructions, it's a lot less confusing!

2:50 PM  
Blogger Jess said...

Cool socks. Is that the CTH I got you for spring fling? So fun. Love them.

6:00 PM  

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