(Two posts in one day….shocking, I know!)
Last year, I offered to test knit for Kate Atherley, and thoroughly enjoyed it. So when this year, I heard she was putting out a book solely devoted to custom fitted socks, I once again raised my hand and said, “Me, please!”
As luck would have it, on the same week that Kate sent me the request of “test these in any yarn but fingering, please!”, DH decided after years of insisting that he was not interested in having hand knit socks, “You know, I’d love a pair of heavy socks to wear around the apartment”. Since he doesn’t like anything too detailed/fancy/froufrou, this was serendipity, indeed.
So I received the files and got to work. There was math. No one told me there would be math. And measuring…and swatching. All the things I don’t normally do….and yet, there they were. And they were crucial to the success of the test knit.
So after measuring our respective feet, (for
science knitting, of course!) and swatching the worsted weight Cascades 220 (and even dutifully washing and drying the swatch – I know Kate is so proud!), I did the calculations, chose my needle, checked the charts and cast on.
Now, if this sounds like a heck of a lot of work for socks….it seemed like it at the time, but in retrospect, it really wasn’t. And of course, since all the foot measuring is only done once, (after all foot size does not change from one month to the next!) it will not be at all time consuming going forward.
The best part? The results…so totally worth it. Hubby has his first pair of socks and they are an absolute perfect fit.
The success I had with these made me so happy, I emailed Kate and ask if I could test another pair, for me this time, in a different weight…sportweight. I had all the measurements already so I swatched away with my now-discontinued KnitPicks Felici Sport….found the correct cast on number and within three short days, I had another pair of socks:
Two for two…another perfect fit!
I checked in with Kate today, and as of yet she does not have a publication date for her book (once she does I’ll blog that, too!), but I cannot recommend this process enough. At some point, I will check my “regular” 64 stitch fingering weight cast on to see if it can be improved, but for now, I suspect there will be a great many more non-fingering weight socks knit using these measurements. For starters…I have a LOT more of that Felici Sport sock yarn in my stash.
Pattern: Test Knit for Kate Atherley’s as yet unpublished book
Yarn: Cascades 220 Superwash in Jet/KnitPicks Felici Sport in Dapple (a little pastel for my tastes, and it was pointed out to me that it looks somewhat like an Easter egg!)
Who Was It Made For? Chase/Me
Were There Changes Made To The Pattern? None. Followed along exactly for test knitting purposes.
Did I Learn Anything New? Learned some facts and figures about sock fit…and sometimes a little work brings great rewards.
Anything Else? No.
Would I Make Another?: Absolutely. In fact, as I previously mentioned, I am likely to be using this pattern/formula/recipe for years to come.