Pedigreed

Pedi2You were patient.  You were astonishingly patient, and now your patience has been rewarded. Pedigreed has been tested to within an inch of its life and is now available!

I feel I should warn you that this is not an easy pattern. It’s not hard exactly, but it is certainly not a mindless knit. There are lots of twists and turns and you need to pay attention to both the text and the charts.

Pedi3Speaking of charts, this is a substantial pattern.  It is 13 pages long and has 8 charts, 6 of them full page charts.  There are several pictures of the sock and a close up photo tutorial of how to do the one unusual stitch manipulation called for.  It’s a challenge, but that’s part of the fun.  Are you up for it?


Any Minute Now

The testers (skilled and speedy knitters that they are) have succesfully made the Pedigreed socks.  The pattern is almost done (all 13 pages and 8 giant charts of it).  With any luck at all, I should have it out early next week.  Start your finger excercises now.  This is not an easy pattern.  It’s a bit of a brain teaser and requires both nimble fingers and careful attention.  It’s worth it (I think) but it will be a bit of a challenge.  You like that though, right?

I’m also working on a sock for a mystery knit along on Ravelry.  The knit along will run through October and November, but I need to get the pattern done early enough to have it vigorously tested.  It will be released without pictures, so I want to do what I can to ensure it’s easy to follow.

The pattern will be released in stages (likely 4), and it will be free to people in the knit along (which anyone is welcome to join).  That of course leads to logistics questions.  I think what I will do is put up a little form where you can provide your email address.  I’ll have the form up for at least a week or two.  Then, during the course of the knit along, I’ll email out the pattern installments to those people who provided their addresses.  When the knit along is over I may release a single installment version of the pattern streamlined to work in a more standard format and with pictures.  Stay tuned for more details, whatever I do I’ll be sure that there is an easy way to sign up for the free pattern.

Clickity Click

3694272248_99c60d0bd3Propitiate is almost done.  They need a few more hours of knitting, Wednesday is the goal.  The real question is how much does having them finished matter?  Is it ok to release a pattern that just shows one finished sock, or do you prefer to see both of the socks finished in the pictures included in a pattern?  They have been finished by a whole slew of test knitters, so I am confident that the pattern works.  It’s just a matter of finding the time to finish my own pair and then getting them on The Boy’s feet for a photo shot while the sun still shines.

The Pedigreed pattern has been revamped and is back out with testers.  It should hopefully be out some time in August.  Thanks for being patient while they got reworked, and for the continued interest in them.  I’ll let you know how they’re coming along.

Baaaaaah

baaaI went to the Great Lakes Fiber Show this weekend and displayed astonishing self restraint and admirable fiscal responsibility. I bought a mere six skeins of yarn. Quite noble. I must have been too distracted by the squee-worthy critters to engage in commerce.  Sheep are both cuter and smellier than I had realized.  Especially that smelly part.

In actual knitting news, the first of the Embonpoint socks is complete, and the second will be started shortly. The pattern will be posted here, likely some time in June. I spent some time this morning taking pictures for my Knitty submission. It is doubtless a long shot, but worth a try. If it’s not accepted, it too will be making an appearance here. Finally, Pedigreed is taking a brief hiatus while other projects with more pressing deadlines are finished. It should hopefully resurface toward the end of the summer.

Just How Much do You Like it?

pedigreed_leftSo, the Pedigreed socks are a bit of a challenge.  They will be mirror images of each other and feature four different cable patterns and a wrap around rib.  They’re fun to knit, but they are not an entirely simple undertaking.  I actually rather like my socks to be challenging, but I’ve learned something.  The socks that are tricky to knit are also, not surprisingly, tricky to write up.

The pattern for these would be by far my most complicated yet.  It would need 8 charts, 6 of them full-page affairs.  The written text would take several pages.  The whole pattern would likely be about 12 pages long and represent rather a lot of effort on my part.  The testing process would also be quite a bit more intense than usual.

pedigreed_left2Given all that, I’m not sure it’s worth it to sell the pattern for four or five dollars (the going rate for the other patterns I’ve written).  I’m also not sure how much demand there would be if I priced it a bit higher, say six or seven dollars.  So I’m taking a poll.

If you would, please let me know if you’d be willing to pay an extra dollar or two for a detailed, twelve-page, chart-laden, photo-heavy pattern for advanced intermediate socks.  Feel free to tell me that six or seven dollars is just way too much to spend on socks as well.  I’m trying to decide if I should write these up, and don’t have my heart set on it one way or the other.


Progress

Pedigreed are coming along nicely. The current push to write patterns up for publication is doing wonders for my knitting fidelity. I’m just about ready to start the toe decreases and should hopefully finish the first one tonight.

I especially like the asymmetrically placed gusset on these socks. On this sock, the right side gusset decreases are in the normal location, while the left side gusset decreases move across the top of the foot forcing the plain rib to wrap around and pull over to the right. It’s still quite comfortable and easy to do, but it really changes the look of the sock. See? It looks like it’s hiding.

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Pedigreed

needlesThe next socks are on the needles already.  They are based on the idea of a cable work sampler.  There are patterned ribs in four widths, each with a different design (three cables, one technically a traveling stitches, but the effect is the same).  An unpatterned rib starts on the back and wraps around the ankle and foot.  The pattern will be mirrored on the second sock.

The first sock is about 75% done.  The second may be a bit of a challenge, as I have to figure out how to mirror one of the patterns and am so far having no luck.  These are quite a bit more complicated than the last socks, so it will likely be a while until they are available.

These are surprisingly hard to photograph, but this should give you the idea.  More (and one hopes better) photos when the first one is finished.