Dimpled Diamonds Socks
At least 2 knitters have finished their socks (wow!), so I think it’s “safe” now to post some non-competition-appropriate variations.
First installment is a version that is narrower overall, as I made my prototype. This width takes less yarn: I used only 74 grams/280 yards of Shepherd Sock stripey yarn. Later on, I plan to post changes to narrow only the ankle.
Errata found so far: — Mark these on your pattern!!
- The center-back marker needs to go after st #19 and not after #18. I think all the instructions after that are correct (the “k18, slip 3,…” ones), once the marker is in the right place. You’ll know your Rd 5 is right if you slip the last 2 sts on heel ndl and the 1st st on instep ndl and your touch-down st is directly above the tuck-st of previous set.
- Toe, Round 2, the bracketed instructions should read: “k1, kfb, k to last 3 sts on ndl, kfb, k2”.
- Foot, Rd 9, instep should end with “k4”, to make 5 knit sts altogether.
- Ankle, Rd 3, the marker should go after st #19, and the plain round before the final expansion is Rd 28, not Rd 29.
Competitors must work the pattern as written, but non-competitors who want an overall narrower foot on their Dimpled Diamonds socks may make the following modifications.
Same toe, but stop when you reach 29 + 29 = 58 sts.
Patt Rd 1: K 5, sl(p)3 . . . . (You fill in the rest; be symmetrical.)
Patt Rd 3: K5, dip-&-tuck . . . .
Patt Rd 5: K2, sl(p)3 . . . .
Patt Rd 7: K2, dip-&-tuck . . . .
Patt Rd 9: K 3, sl(p)5 . . . .
Patt Rd 11: K 5, dip-&-tuck . . . .
At 5 – 5 1/2″, add 3 pairs of sole sts, as directed, unto 29+35= 64 sts.
Work heel as directed, but on 35 sts. So your first turn will be between sts #34 and #35.
Slim = decrease a pair of sts on rd 8 and on rd 12, unto 60 sts.
Avg = increase 1 pair of sts on rd 4, unto 66 sts; perhaps use smaller ndl on cuff-top.
Wider = inc 1 pair of sts on rd 4, also unto 66 sts; larger ndls throughout ankle and cuff.
You can probably work out the ankle pattern expansions yourselves by eye, having gotten this far with the Quilted Lattice stitch-pattern, but you can contact me via the Comments section if you need further assistance on this.
I do not have numbers specifically for wider feet. Perhaps either the medium or narrow sizes, worked at a larger gauge and/or in a thicker yarn, would work for you. Or, if you feel more confident, add more stitches in the toe and add more reps to the Quilted Lattice pattern on the instep; just make sure you have a multiple of 6 stitches by the time your pattern joins up at the ankle-back.
Customizing for higher insteps may be accomplished by adding more stitches at mid-foot and decreasing them (or not, if you also want a wider ankle) at ankle-back. Just make sure you have a multiple of 6 sts before the pattern joins up at center-back.
I will post modifications for narrowing the ankle portion on the medium-width sock after all the official competitors have passed that point in their race.
More spring images.
Those aspen buds I posted last week have been growing.
But we also have some “volunteers” coming up in undesireable places.
I think I’ve finished my last resubmission knitting! More later.