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Mystery Sock Changes Gauge

November 3

So I’m working on a new sock pattern. For now I’m just calling it the Mystery Sock, since it’s a mystery to me why I can’t get the design written faster.

I’m using Regia 4-Ply. I am SUCH a stickler for sock soles, I always end up knitting on a smaller needle than called for to get a tighter fabric. There’s nothing worse than taking the time to knit a sock, then have it feel like you’re walking around on twine when you wear it. 

The ball band for Regia 4-ply indicates 7.5 st per inch. But even at 8 st the weave seemed too loose for me. So I stuck a stitch marker in my work, reduced the needle size, and got 9 st per inch. You can see that the stitches to the right of the marker have that “stringy” look, while the fabric to the left looks nice and smooth, like something your feet will appreciate.

Knitters should be able to obtain this gauge on #1 needles. As I work through the design process, I hope that when people knit up my patterns their feet will be glad for the tighter gauge I suggest.

4 Comments to

“Mystery Sock Changes Gauge”

  1. On November 3rd, 2008 at 11:36 pm Nevernotknitting Says:

    I love how much thought and effort you put into your designs Audrey! :)

  2. On November 4th, 2008 at 10:10 am MDJ Says:

    I also like the smoother sole. can’t wait to hear how you solve your mystery. The white looks a bit plain for you so I’m thinking there might be a fun stitch pattern we don’t see!

  3. On November 6th, 2008 at 11:27 am Cheryl Says:

    I just heard about your blog while listing to the Never Not Knitting podcast. I am now subscribed. Love your new sock pattern. It’s gorgeous.

  4. On November 7th, 2008 at 7:30 am audknits Says:

    You’re right, MDJ. I’m working on something fun for these socks! I’ll be posting them soon…

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