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5. December 2011 09:24
by Jobo
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Atwell Socks? These ain?t plain Ribbing :)

5. December 2011 09:24 by Jobo | 0 Comments

After the last pair of plain ribbed socks? I needed something with a little more Interest.  Flash. Pizazz.  Something less mind numbing.  I had purchased a copy of the Paul Atwell Socks from Emily over at the Family Trunk Project some time ago, and stashed it away for a rainy day.

Well I guess it must be rainy enough this week? I decided to cast on a pair.  I really like the ?gull? stitch pattern.  It looks complicated, but really isn?t.  It?s a 4 row repeat with a ?loose? float that you tie down by catching in a stitch in 2 rows time.  I also like that these are cuff down.  I don?t have a problem with toe-up designs, but I just find sometimes that the leg and cuff of a sock can be the most time consuming part? where you have pattern spanning the entire row for such a long way (as compared to the foot where usually half of the stitches are plain stockinette? that seems to make things run a lot faster for me!)  Surprisingly enough, I don?t even mind the seed stitch that lines up between the gulls.  This is weird for me, because as previously stated, I find knitting ribbing to be heinously boring, and seed stitch is just as bad.  I can do up the 4 row repeat (in a 72 stitch round) in a flash, and find the whole thing quite amusing and engaging.  I?m a messed up knitter.  Of this, I am aware.

Atwell Socks Leg Detail

2 more Gull repeats to the heel!  These are going to fly off the needles? which is surprising, since I?m making them ?Man Sized? in the 72 stitch per round, likely Men?s Size 10 Shoe.  I?ll never know why I can knit complex patterns so much more efficiently than ribbing.  huh.  Makes zero sense to me.

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