A little update on my Antirrhinum Socks efforts so far.
These socks are the project this month for A Year of Techniques. The goal: turn a heel!
I write this with humility in my heart and the hope that somewhere, somehow, these words will be of help to other folk who are in the midst of this charming, adorable, straightforward pattern.
To be clear: this really and truly is a charming, adorable, straightforward pattern. It is beautifully written, as clear as a shopping list for how to make these beautiful socks. Rachel Coopey is famous for her socks. These Antirrhinum Socks are absolutely worthy of that admiration. And her very own yarn, Socks Yeah!, is unlike any I’ve knit with—really beautiful.
The problem is not the pattern. The problem is me.
It’s the eyelets.
I just can’t seem to get my act together on the yarnover/knit 2 togethers that occur at very regular intervals. I’m screwing this up all sorts of ways: I fail to yarnover (meaning no eyelet is created), or I inadvertently double the yarnover (making the holes twice as big), or the eyelets spontaneously come out mingy and small.
For everyone who craves these Antirrhinum Socks, here are my tips on avoiding the gruesome fate of eyelets gone wild:
- Pay attention.
- When you’re going from a yarnover to a purl stitch, the yarn needs to do basically an enhanced yarnover. Because the yarn needs to end up at the front of the work after completing the yarnover, ready for a purl stitch, there’s extra yarnovering required to get it to the front. This is where my over-exuberant yarnovering ended up with double yarnovers. Bottom line: pay attention.
- Sometimes the eyelets are yarnover/knit 2 together. Sometimes they’re knit 2 together/yarnover. This is not SpaceX engineering. There’s an easy pattern here. But it’s the sort of thing where you should, you know: pay attention.
- The five rounds of plain knit stitches between the yarnover rounds give one the opportunity to catch one’s breath and reclaim some dignity about the whole thing. However, if you’re not careful, you’ll blast past the five rounds and have to rip back all the extra rounds of Relief Knitting you have done. In other words: pay attention.
- Take a moment to evaluate your desire for perfection. For me, my desire for perfection is outweighed by my desire to finish these socks. I love them. I want them. I do not need them to be perfect. In other words: pay no attention. Just keep knitting.
I did manage to turn the heel without accidentally making a sleeve or otherwise gumming it all up. I’m about to rejoin the pink for my next bout of eyelet-making. Working up the fortitude for this.
Sock talk continues over in the superjolly Year of Techniques Ravelry group and the Lounge. Please cast on and join us—I find these socks such good summertime knitting. Cool and small and pretty and fun, despite the dark night of my soul regarding the eyelet situation. Sock No. 2 is going to be a thing of great beauty, I just know it. I’ve really learned something: pay attention!