rowan anna: the cure for SSS
DESPITE the bunchy ankles. DESPITE the awkward bit of directions in the pattern. DESPITE the overly long length. i heart anna. and i will not. repeat NOT. suffer from the dreaded second sock syndrome. i went closet diving and found these cute 1940s shoes and this vintage DKNY wrap skirt that will be perfect when. i repeat WHEN. i finish anna numero duo.
a note to those thinking about making anna: don't make the same mistake i did and forget how s t r e t c h y lace is! (hello, can you say "butterfly?" you'd think i'd have learned my lesson.) i neglected to check gauge and ended up with a very loosey goosey stocking. blocking and the velvet ribbon ties will help some...but beware of your gauge! i plan to go down a needle size or two for my next pair.
a few more details: yarn is rowan 4-ply soft in color "sooty." (love sooty.) i used US3 dpns, but will def downsize to US2 or US1 for my next pair. there is no ankle shaping at all in these stockings. so you might consider adding some or downsizing needles once you get past the top bit. the patt calls for FOUR balls. i am a pretty relaxed knitter and even though i'm still working on my second sock, ain't no way i'm gonna use all four. three balls should be plenty.
and finally: there is a pattern notation about cutting the yarn once you're done with the instep. this is completely unnecessary IMHO.
Posted by knitlit kate at 3:55 PM