Katherine the Great
I like to think of myself as a storyteller. Mostly I tell stories about knitting.

So. My subconscious thinks I am lacking in blog fodder enough that it is conspiring against me. At least that’s my story. I split the 72 stitches of this sock into 32 stitches for the front of the socks and 40 for the back. Now, you math geniuses are thinking, that’s interesting. I wonder what kind of pattern doesn’t have you split the stitches in half. And the answer is, I don’t know, but not this one.

Take 1

Take 1 - unsuccessful


The chart has a section of 4 stitches that repeat and I ended up with four extra stitches on the back set of dpn’s and then managed not to notice for SIX repeats of the pattern. I analyzed all kinds of (insane) solutions before I bit the bullet and ripped back to the ribbing.
Take 2

Take 2 - successful


My theory is that I normally knit the 64 stitch size in Hunter’s socks and I wasn’t paying attention, so I did 32 on the first set of DPN’s thinking that was half. The good news is that I knit the cast on tail through 32 stitches, so that bad boy is never coming loose.

Pattern: Lycaena virgaureae Socks by Hunter Hammersen
Yarn: Schaefer Yarn Company Heather – Apple Green

To see what others are working on, check out:
Tami’s Amis
Small Things (I’m reading The Selection – It seems like a combo of The Hunger Games and Bachelor tv show…I’m not crazy impressed so far.)
Frontier Dreams


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21 Comments

  1. Camilla says:

    The pattern is so lovelyand with the fresh color way- it looks divine.
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  2. I can totally relate, I have had too many of those moments. Though I will say these socks are going to be absolutely beautiful when finished, i really like this pattern.
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  3. Kymberly says:

    I love that sock pattern and yarn. It will definitely be worth it when it’s done.

  4. I’m so sorry you had to rip back, but it will be worth it. Those socks will be gorgeous when finished!
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  5. Jazz says:

    It’s so difficult for me to knit socks, I really admire all you people.
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  6. Bonnie says:

    I just ripped out last night because I had started knitting a heel flap on 24 stitches instead of 32.
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  7. Sarah says:

    I also admire the fancy socks, and feel your pain on having to rip back. I just frogged the first panel of Low Tide several times over before figuring it out. Ouch. xxx

  8. I love them. They look so squishy!
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  9. Joanna says:

    That pattern looks so lovely, hope you don’t have to do any more ripping, I hate doing that.
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  10. Rosemary says:

    The Hunger Games and the Bachelor … omigoodness, that sounds hilariously awful! How frustrating about the socks–at least you hadn’t turned the heel yet?
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