One of these days I’ll learn to listen to my Inner Knitting Voice. The IKV is usually right, and it would save me a lot of time and frustration if I would just stop when it tells me that things are going a little sideways in the knitting.
It was hollering loudly yesterday, telling me the stocking was too long, that I didn’t knit the heel flap long enough (though I followed the directions exactly), that I was running out of yarn because the WHOLE DANG THING WAS WAY TOO BIG.
I carried on anyway, ignoring the IKV like a teenager ignores anyone over the age of twenty. I knit through an entire movie, telling the IKV to stuff it, the stocking was fine. A little big, yes, but fine. I am following the pattern. I was so confident that I was right on track that I even wove in the ends as I went.
And the heel flap? Well, I’m an experienced knitter, I’ll just wing it. Yeah, the pattern says pick up 18 gusset stitches and I can only fit in 11, but I’ll make it work.
Oh, those additional gusset stitches will affect the colorwork on the foot? No big deal, I’ll just tweak the colorwork pattern a bit to make it fit.
Crap, without those gusset stitches, the foot is oddly shortened compared to the gigantic top that is the stocking body.
Why isn’t the heel flap longer? The dimensions in the pattern say the entire stocking length is 21″, which I presume means top of cuff to tip of toe at a slight diagonal. My stocking, well, it’s 20″ to the bottom of the too-short heel flap, and I still have the entire foot to knit.
As I was trying to take that picture, I had my arm extended up as far as I could reach in order to fit the entire stocking in the pic. And when I saw that the stocking was going to end up longer than my legs, I had to admit my IKV may have had a point.
So, yeah… I ripped out three zigzag stripe sections on the upper leg and knit a heel flap proportionately longer so that I could pick up 18 gusset stitches. Hey – the colorwork is working out on the foot section now! And I may not have needed that second skein of red yarn.
Row gauge, bah.