Sunday, April 27, 2008

Little Smooshy -- Happy At Last

As you may recall from this post, my Dream in Color Smooshy in the gorgeous Chinatown Apple colorway has been having a rather hard time lately.

First I tried to knit it into a pattern that was far better suited to a sweater than a sock. Dreadful.

Then I attempted to turn it into Snicket socks, a totally inappropriate treatment for this lovely yarn.

Smooshy is back on the needles again, but this time we have found the perfect pattern. Not without a bit of work, but it was worth it. We're both agreed on that.

Smooshy was enthused about a stitch pattern called "Cable and Twist Rib." I thought it was perhaps too elaborate, but agreed to give it a try. Well, it wasn't bad. But once again we had issues with dimensions. The picture in the book showed more space between the cables/twists. Probably the sample was knit on larger needles. With sock yarn on 2.25mm needles, it's kinda scrunched. I could have added more rows, but then we saw another stitch pattern on the facing page.

This one is called "Elongated 6-Stitch Cable." We loves it. Not a standard 3X3 cable, it moves two stitches over from left to center, then twists them over to the right two rounds later (does that make any sense?). This phased approach keeps the cable nice and flat, which shows off the colors of the yarn.

So, Smooshy is happy, and I am happy, and soon there will be socks.


Delighted Hands said...

Beautiful! So glad you stuck with it and found the perfect blend of pattern/yarn! The color is so rich!

Marjorie said...

That looks really nice, and it shows off the yarn colors better than the earlier tries.