Socktoberfest and SE5
How shall a few sticks
and some fluff become a sock?
Only if I try.
And try. And try. And try again.
*sigh* As much as I love the toe-up sock, I'm having a devil of a time getting it to fit through the heel and ankle.
After the last time through, I frogged back and made enough increases before the heel to accommodate my thicker ankle. This worked well.
Smooth and Comfy
I got a smooth and comfortable fit through the front of the ankle area this time. But at a cost.
This time, with more stitches in the sock, there were more stitches to work for the short-row heel. And clearly, I took that several rows too far before reversing the short rows to turn the corner, because I wound up with a pointy flap sticking out.
Fit - Lousy
To make matters worse, once I started to work up the leg, I seem to be too big by about as many stitches as I had to increase by to accommodate the ankle. What gives? Do I have to immediately decrease by that many after I do the heel?
So for all that I loved the toe-up process, it's definitely going to take more work to get it right. I've frogged back again to before the heel, but after the increases for the ankle. I obviously have to do the short-row heel a little differently - start it a little later, perhaps, and don't work as many short-rows before turning.
As for the leg that apparently doesn't need as much room as my ankle does, I think I need to consider decreasing at the back of the ankle by about as many stitches as I increased before the heel. That will take in the excess fabric, while still leaving the room at the front.
I think for today, though, I'm setting aside SE5 and taking a rest before I come back to it. If I get antsy to knit a sock, I've got other sock yarns and that great new book to try out - I may just cast on for a new top-down sock to keep the Socktoberfest energy going.
Lest you think I'm discouraged - no, I wouldn't say so. This all just reinforces the realization I came to the other day - that the experimentation never stops.
It works for me - I learn something new with every sock. And that's always a good thing.