Pattern Dissapointment

As the Prairie Girls mentioned in a recent podcast, I definitely consider myself a capital-K knitter. I’ve done sweaters, hats, socks, cowls, shawls. There’s not much I haven’t at least looked in to – double knitting, brioche, lace (I’m not good, but I can do it). I can do different cast-ons, cast-offs. I’m pretty confident both in my style, Eastern European, and my ability to figure it out (eventually).

But I know there’s still a lot to learn. And while I really love knitting socks, I do get holes around the heel. I usually just duplicate stitch it closed and I’m off to the races. But a well known designer, who I still adore, released an afterthought heel, one of my favorites, promising no holes. I waited, hemmed, hawed, but finally bought the pattern.

And I was totally confused by her directions!

Until I followed a video she linked to. And it’s not even her video!!! It’s from another designer/knitter. And her trick, which Knitting Pipeline also ascribes to someone else, totally makes sense to eliminate the holes from socks.

I’m pretty disappointed in the paid for pattern that actually had to be explained by a free video tutorial. Don’t get me wrong. The pattern is lovely, thought out, and thorough. But already knowing afterthought heels and just looking for this one tip, yeah, totally unhappy with my purchase.

On the plus side, if this works, I’ll be trying this pick up for heels in the future in all sorts of applications.

Have you been dissapointed by any pattern purchases? I’m not going to make a huge stink this time, and I would probably buy something from her again, but I’m gonna be more cautious, for sure.

Advertisements

Turkish Bedsocks

IMG_20160322_085948224

I love the Churchmouse Yarns Turkish Bedsocks pattern. Love. With a few modifications. My favorite things about these socks are that they’re quick, they’re a fun construction, and I love wearing them to bed because they keep my toes warm but push off easily without using my hands once I’m warm enough.

But they’re not perfect. I don’t like the seaming. So I do them seamless, picking up the edge stitches. Great, seamless! I don’t like that this can leave small holes, though, particularly on the purl sides. No problem, I modified the twin stitch from the Fish Lips Kiss heels¬†(totally worth the $1 if you like socks). Great, no holes! I also generally use size 1 needles since I’m a loose knitter.

But even these, in wool, are a bit warm for summer. So I’m trying a pair in linen! I haven’t seen a lot of reviews of linen on feet. I’m using¬†Knitpicks Lindy Chain, since I’ve had it sitting on my shelf, mostly untouched, for about a year. I know that linen doesn’t have the memory of wool, so I’m going to knit them, wear them, and, likely, look at adding some elastic around the ankle. I’ll have to report back.