Wednesday, March 21, 2012

KAL Carousel Notes

I love my new Carousel socks and am on my way to knitting a second pair in zauberball. The second pair I am modifying so that there is no need for an afterthought heel, it's just knit right in the spiral as you go! If it works well, I'll post on how to do it here!

I want to post about picking up the stitches for the heel and toe here because it took me a while to figure out what she wanted you to do in the pattern. It's really simple, but she doesn't actually tell you what to do, rather she points you in the direction of various tutorials and other instructions. It's really simple and I'm not sure why she didn't just tell you what to do.

If you have 60 sts to pick up for the toe or heel and you only have 30 slipped stitches to pick up from, you add the extra stitches you need by using the backwards loop cast on. The backwards loop cast on is the simplest of cast ons, if you don't already know how to do it there's a tutorial here, but really you just make a loop and stick on the needle. So you would pick up one slipped stitch and knit it, and cast on one, pick up one slipped stitch, cast on, etc. Don't do 2 backwards loop cast on stitches in a row it will make a hole.

I also found a minor errata in the pattern and did mention it to the designer but it has not been fixed. It's in the left leg. The pattern reads:

Left sock leg spiral:
You now have a small strip beginning with a point (cast-on edge). In order to create a spiral, attach the strip to the cast-on edge as follows:
See Illustration 2 at right -->

Row 1 [WS] Sl1, p10, sl1, pick up and knit 1 stitch from the right side of the cast-on edge and pass the slipped stitch over.

I made the mistake big and bold! It should read "pick up and purl 1 stitch from the right side of the cast-on edge"

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