Peer Pressure

Yesterday Marilee mentioned starting the Arachne KAL on Saturday. That got me thinking that I better get moving on my sock! So I spent yesterday finishing the foot and toe. Today I’ll get going on the leg. I won’t be ready to start the KAL tomorrow but I should be ready by Monday.

Speaking of the KAL. I took a quick look at the pattern and I’m a little nervous. My colorwork is shaky at best. I come from the Elizabeth Zimmermann school of knitting that says floats should not be longer than 5 stitches. Some of the ones in this pattern are 11. Yikes that is a long way. I haven’t quite decided what my technique will be for working around this. I’m already reworking the pattern for worsted weight. I may just jump in and rework the spider web chart too. Or maybe not.

Today I’ve got something I’ve mentioned before but since we’ve got nothing but time I thought I’d mention it again. For those of you on Ravelry there is a group called Lovin’ the Freebies. They have a topic where they list temporarily free patterns. Currently there are many generous designers who are helping us to stay busy while we are staying home. They are offering patterns for free for a day or two. It’s so kind of them. I’ve picked up more than a few I’m looking forward to casting on.

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12 Responses to Peer Pressure

  1. tinaor says:

    Thanks for the Rav tip!

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  2. When I encounter long floats, I just tack them down as I go. It’s almost like twisting the yarns as if your changing color, but without the color change. (I think my description of the technique is lacking)

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  3. I don’t do floats longer than 2 stitches! As soon as I get to a 3-stitch stretch (or longer) I catch the floating yarn in on every even stitch. I’m a control freak!

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  4. I’m with Pamela – although I tend to go to three stitches. Less because I’m a control freak – I just hate catching my finger in them! The exception is something I expect to be at least a little felted. I use both hands, with the dominant yarn in the right, and the left used to lift up yarn to catch in floats.

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  5. ReginaMary says:

    If you hold one color of yarn in each hand, you can just catch the float on the 5th stitch. You’ll get the hang of it. Are you an English or Continental knitter?

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  6. chrisknits says:

    LOL, don’t give in to the peer pressure!!! You wouldn’t jump off a bridge if all your friends were doing it would you? Huh, maybe you would? LOL Loving the sock.

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  7. Your sock is looking great! That is a really interesting design, and you are rocking it 🙂 LOL – no peer pressure! You are welcome any time at all! I posted links to a couple videos about catching floats. I just found out about this technique a couple years ago, but found it really helpful!

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  8. kathyreeves says:

    I am a 5 stitch catcher myself, I will occasionally do 7 , depending in what I’m making. Catch them as often as you deem necessary. 🙂

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  9. Alissa Head says:

    I tend to catch my floats every other stitch. I love the heel on your sock!

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  10. Stefanie says:

    I would catch my floats. Sometimes, even for worsted weight five stitches is quite a distance; I realized this on that pink flamingo top I had knitted up ages ago.

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  11. kmkat says:

    I have bought more patterns on Rav in the past month than in the years previous. Just tryin’ to help out the designers when I can, also making my queue even l-o-n-g-e-r.

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