September 2, 2007

SOS #24 the spiraling coriolis

9207dThis is the Spiraling Master Coriolis from New Pathways for Sock Knitters by Cat Bordhi. They're done and they fit. I'll talk about the pattern first and then the fit. The pattern wasn't so bad. I've found that I had to measure my foot very snuggly to get the correct numbers on the charts. And if I ended up in between two numbers, I should go with the smaller number. The pattern for the Spiraling Master Coriolis is on page 59. But you have to do the toe that's somewhere in the back of the book. Then flip forward to the Coriolis arch expansion section. Flip to the back of the book again for the heel. And again flip to somewhere in the back of the book for the cuff. It sounds complicated, but it isn't. Everything is very clear and it's easy to follow the directions. It's easy to plug in your master numbers. But all of this flipping makes for a sock that isn't very portable. I think that I'll save knitting patterns from this book when I have time to sit still for a while and have the book with me. The great thing is that when you've figured out your master numbers that work for you, knitting these socks should be a breeze.

9207bNow I'll talk about the fit. The fit is different than what I'm used to wearing. I think that I must have a narrow heel and that's why short row heels have always worked for me. You can see in the picture to the left that the heel is baggy and so is the arch section (the green part in the lower foot). I have high arches and I think that I should have done fewer increases in that section. The heel section seems to go up very high in the back. When I figured my customized heel number, I went with the average instep number. Next time, I'm going to try the number for the lower instep. The fit in the toe and the section before the arch expansion begins fits great. The ankle section fits great too. The diagonal band that goes around really pulls things in and seems to help keep the socks up.

Overall, I'm happy with the socks. It took me out of my standard sock method comfort zone and had me trying all sorts of new things. I will definitely try the other construction methods in this book.

Yarn: Fly*Dyed Lace wing in Elfen
Needle: size 0 Addi Turbo
Method: one at a time, toe-up with a whirlpool toe
Pattern: Spiraling Master Coriolis from New Pathways for Sock Knitters
Size: 68 stitches around
Start: August 29, 2007
Finish: September 2, 2007

This yarn was nice to knit with and I love the colors. There were a few sections where it looked as if one ply has run out and it was twisted with a new one. Those areas still felt strong, but were slightly fuzzy. I was able to hide that fuzziness on the inside of the sock. We'll see if they reappear on the outside with wear.

Up next is a pair of Monkey socks with some Koigu that I bought on vacation this summer. I have a picnic to go to tomorrow and I needed a sock pattern that I can memorize.


Octopus Knits said...

Wow, I really like the pattern, and I think I'll be getting the book -- it sounds really useful and interesting! I very much enjoyed reading your detailed description and explanation of some of the issues you had and how you might change things next time for a better fit. Congrats on another great pair!

Jen said...

Glad you got through them! You're so fast, even when learning something new. I knit most of yesterday and still have about 5 inches left on my sMIL's socks.

smelk-o-matic said...

I love 'em!! Love the colorway of the yarn, and the pattern is awesome.

I think that pattern is the first I will try out of the book.