I now have several pairs (but less than 10) of handknit wool socks. However, I have no handknit socks for summer. Deciding that this was the summer to fix that problem, I cast on for these socks.
They're called Walking in the Maize and are short socks, perfect for the summer. They are knit from the top down and have a foot arch with K1, P1 ribbing to hug the foot tighter. I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fine in Wisteria.
However, the beginning instructions puzzle me.
First, you CO on 35 sts using waste yarn, then the next row you k1, p into running thread in between, and continue for the rest of the row. Some tighter (stretchier?) ribbing is done for the next 6 rows and the sock is then knit normally.
To finish the top, those stitches are supposed to be picked up and knitted in K1, P1 ribbing, then bound off.
My question is....what's the point?
I didn't know, but figured there was some reason, so decided to do it anyway. Since the CO edge is too tight to get my foot through, I decided to stop working on the instep and finish the CO edge.
See this? This is what I can show for 10 minutes worth of work.
I have picked up 10 stitches, which averages out to 1 st per min., which if I do the whole sock will take 68 minutes.
So....what's the point? If the sock stays up better because of the weird cast-on and ribbing, then that is good. But is it so much better than just an ordinary CO and ribbing? Is it tighter than normal to keep it in place?
Anyone have a good reason before I spend 58 more minutes on this?