I finally finished the heels of the Ladder of Life Toe-Up socks, which I’m making for hubby. I promised earlier that I would devote a whole post to the many things I’ve learned while making these socks … but that’s not this post! They’re not finished yet and there could be many more
disasters adventures ahead. But I do have a “ladder” story, which seems appropriate given the name of the stitch pattern.
Once I finally got to the cuffs for both socks, my fears that I wouldn’t have enough yarn began to recede. I was starting to cook … gettin’ a rhythm goin’, you know? When suddenly, I noticed something kinda funny looking:
A single-ply stitch hanging on for dear life with a 3-ply dropped stitch right below it! (I have a few comments on my experience with this much-recommended Trekking XXL yarn, but I will save it for my wrap-up post.) In the meantime, this was not an aesthetic problem where I could debate the pros and cons of leaving the error in — although it was on the front of the sock in a fairly obvious spot. If I left it alone, then the only thing between this sock and a future ladder of dropped stitches would be that one ply of yarn! Thanks to my recent experience with the baby shrug, I knew I could probably duplicate-stitch over to the dropped one and secure it but I didn’t relish the idea of trying to match the variegated yarn. Especially since I would have to work from the other end of one of the balls in use or wait until I was finished knitting. You can’t tell from this picture, but that little row of stitches was 12 down from the active ones! Twelve rows of frogging. Ech.
But after a few more moments of puzzling, I realized: that single ply of yarn bravely clinging to its proper place was actually the saviour of the day! Thanks to that little ply, the column of stitches was not lost … so this is only a topology change (though an extensive one). That is, I wouldn’t have to force a bunch of stitches into places where they hadn’t existed before … only undo a bunch of stitches, fix the one that had gone wayward, then put all the undone stitches back. OK, that’s a big “only” for someone of my skill level … but heck, what’s the worst that could go wrong? Twelve rows of frogging, right? It’s been done!
So, here’s the damage:
Please note that what is on the needle in front is (supposedly) one stitch. Looks like four. Can we say “splitty”? I don’t think the final results are as tidy as the original column of stitches:
But (unless there are more situations like this as yet undiscovered), at least the sock won’t come unraveled someday! Actually, I think the socks will be very nice when they’re finally finished. To end on a positive note, here’s a more or less full-sock picture: