This is the first 3″ of my latest sock.
It’s also the second time this first 3″ has been knit. You see, I’ve worked with this yarn a number of times. Paton’s Kroy is a good, sturdy sock yarn with some lovely colour gradations and self-patterns. I’ve worked with it enough to know that I need to cast on 56 stitches on 2.5 mm needles to make a sock that fits perfectly every time. So when I started these, I didn’t bother to swatch. My gauge is always the same. Always.
I knit a 6″ leg. I knit an eye of partridge heel. I turned the heel and knit halfway through the gusset. And then I looked at the sock. I put my hand in it and stretched it a bit. Hmm. Then I tried it on. When the first hint of a size error in knitting hits you, you do what any right-minded person would do. You stretch whatever it is you’ve knit. If it’s a lacey shawl or scarf, you’re probably okay. Lace needs to be stretched out to be showcased and there’s always some leeway but a plain knit sock won’t succumb to the same tactic. You stretch, it pops right back to where it was. That’s what I did. I knit 2 more rounds anyway. Then I got out the ruler. Yep, gauge was totally off. Lesson learned – for now.