Too wide a stripe

Despite the fact that I posted a pic of this nearly-finished pair of socks last week, I only noticed when I reached the ribbing a couple of days later that the stripes weren’t matching in the upper half of the leg. The reason why is very obvious when you look closely – the uppermost white stripe of the second sock is several rows wider than the equivalent stripe in the first sock.

The too-wide stripeThis offended my sense of symmetry once I’d spotted it, so I pulled out a couple of inches of knitting and discarded a few meters of white yarn to bring the stripes back into line. Here’s the result, pleasingly matchy-matchy.

Finished socksThe yarn was very cheap for a 75% superwash wool sock yarn – just £2 for a 100g ball – and that means I can’t really complain about the unevenness of the print. At least I hadn’t already done the tubular cast-off by the time I decided it had to be ripped out.

Modelled socks I don’t know what to knit next. I have another 100g of the same yarn and I could just knit my dear husband a second pair, with the stripe colours starting in a different place so that he could mix and match. But it’s rather boring knitting 4 socks in the same yarn, one after another, and I’d rather see if the first pair actually get worn before I commit to making a second pair. Seeing as it’s now almost summer, it could be a few months before I discover whether the second ball of yarn is destined to become his socks or mine.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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