Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Failed Socks

zig zag socks close up

Looks pretty, yes? Its Ziggy, from last summer's Knitty, done in two shades of Trekking Pro Natura. Ravelled here.

Lovely to look at, maybe. I was planning to give them to flatmate-Kirsty for Christmas, along with a box of her favourite chocolate-mints, seeing as the colours matched so well. But sadly they fail as socks. Put simply, they are too tight. And fail-socks are never a good present, so I told Kirsty she can have them now if she can get them to fit, and I do her a better present for Christmas. Those with bright screens can follow her struggling to get them on and off the other night.

Yes, I did keep the floats loose. I even knitted them in a much looser gauge than the pattern suggests. Yes, we've tried blocking. They are just too narrow. Plus, the bamboo in trekking means it isn't quite as elastic as a 100% wool sockyarn. Grrr. Once you get them on they are ok. In fact Kirsty says that the support of all that tight fair-isle is really nice (once you have them on, and are happy to keep them on, perhaps forever).

We thought we might steek the inside cuffs and add a couple of rows of stocking stitch - to give a two-way stretch. Do you think it'll work? Either that, or we need to find someone with super-narrow, super-long feet.

11 comments:

Katie said...

I'm really hoping that a few of my Christmas presents don't end up in the disaster category! Why is that you always think the foot is plenty long enough, until the day after you cast off when you look again and then self doubt starts to creep in!

Daisy said...

Oh no, what a shame - they look beautiful!

Knittripps said...

I agree it is a shame. I love the colors!

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

Oh LORD how I hated this pattern! It's lovely to look at but I had the very same problem:(

Tulipe67 said...

I like the colors too, what a pity they don't fit :-(

knithound brooklyn said...

Oh, I so feel your pain! I made a pair of socks for my husband and they are SOOOO big on him they ended up bunching down under his foot by the end of the day. They completely stretched and bagged out.

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