Thursday, October 29, 2009

Cable-Stitch Anklets (Sans Cable)

Pattern: Cable-Stitch Anklets
Yarn: Soxx Appeal, 96% superwash Merino wool, 3% nylon, 1% elastic, colorway 9510
Needles: #1 (2.25mm) Knitpicks dpns

The yarn is really a pale sage green, but it photographs more bluish. If we get another sunny day in this century, I will try to get a more accurate picture of it.

As you can tell from the title of this post and the socks, I left out the cables on this lovely vintage pattern. The yarn just did not show the cables well and it didn't seem prudent to put all that work into a pattern that would not show well. I have used this yarn before on my Purl Trax and Lake Geneva Socks. It has some elastic content, so you might need to stretch it ever so slightly--but not too much--to get the proper yardage, look and fit. But the comfort in the final product is worth the effort.

*Modifications were this: a Dutch heel...

And Joan's Favorite Toe (thanks, Joan!), which is more rounded than the wedge toe I usually knit.
Even without the cable stitch, I like the way the ribbing has that little extra "nub" in the purl stitches. So simple, yet so effective. The reverse side also looks good and makes me think that a scarf in this pattern even without the cable would be pretty.
*Why do knitters modify patterns? I'm as guilty of it as the next knitter, or more so. The reasons are too numerous to count and I have my own excuses for it, most of them purely subjective.


Kym said...

Sometimes I modify patterns by accident (oops!). And sometimes by habit (if I like to do something a "certain way," for example). I hardly ever modify in a big way, though! There are so many patterns out there in the world, I can usually find something that is practically perfect in every way!

Guinifer said...

Well now I've got to try that rounded toe on the very next pair.

Suzzanne said...

I love your 'cable without the cable' socks. I think you need to trust your instincts and modify as you go along. This makes the socks your very own.

Anonymous said...

Very pretty socks and I like the color. Thanks for the link to the round toes! I am definitely switching.

Lydia said...

I love the socks. Modifying is being creative, which is a good thing.

Deb said...

Lovely socks...again. Nice pattern, too!

How did you like the dutch heel? Just wondering.

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