Friday, March 21, 2008
The La Digitessa pattern by Yarnissima is perfection. My iteration? Not so much.
That's not to say I'm not proud of my achievement, it's just that I know I can do better, and I will. I fully intend to make a second pair with a yarn better suited to the intricate pattern.
The biggest problem I had was with the gussets. My increases were very holey. My next biggest problem was with the heel K2togs. My purl stitches are very wide and laddery.
Lana Grossa Meilenweit 50 Seta/Cashmere
65% Merino, 15% Silk, 16% Polymid, 4% Cashmere
This is a soft yarn with great stitch definition. The fluffy, splitty nature made for a difficult knit on the 2.00 and 2.50mm needles. I hard a much easier time once I transitioned to the 2.75mm.
I used about 84 grams out of a total 96 grams, or 396 yards of yarn.
I used circulars primarily. I started out with size 2.00mm needles but transitioned to 2.50mm needles mid foot. Somewhere around the heel on both socks I transitioned to 2.75mm needles.
Although the pattern looks complicated, it's pretty simple. I think there may be one error in chart 5a, where the ladder cabling morphs into the traveling bars. I think I had to k2tog where the pattern indicates to cable the stitches, but I was at the beauty parlor when I hit this snag, so I didn't document it properly.
I definitely started the gussets too late, which gave me extra long feet. As well, the pattern indicates that the knitter should start the gusset on a row four of the laddering cable, but when I did so I wound up on a different part of chart 1 when the traveling bars intersected the main snaking cable pattern. It isn't' the end of the world, but next time I need to make sure to begin the gussets on the right row of the pattern.
I also alternated the pattern so that the traveling cable bars and crowning C1s intersected in the opposite direction on both socks, because like the Harlot (#2), that's how I roll.