Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Crap, thy name is Kaw Kaw

So I've finished the ribbing and 4 repeats of the first Monkey sock and decided to try it on. It's too small! Crap!! Actually, once I force it past my heel it fits just fine. I have huge insteps and often have this problem. But I really had to force it on, so once the whole sock is knitted, it will be nearly impossible to get on and I'll never wear them. What do I do now?

Option 1: Use larger needles for the leg. Maybe it will have enough extra give so I can get it on my foot and I can switch to smaller needles for the foot.

Option 2: Try to alter the Monkey pattern. It might work, but I hate to mess with it. I was thinking of adding 2 stitches to each repeat. After the purls and decrease, there's always a knit 3 before the yarn over. I could make that a knit 4. Hopefully the pattern would look mostly the same.

Option 3: Use the yarn for a different pattern and find another thicker yarn for Monkeys. But I really, really don't want to do this. The pattern and the yarn both have a sentimental significance for me. I really want the Kaw Kaw yarn to become Monkeys. This option is absolutely my last resort.

Any thoughts or opinions from those more experienced than me?

2 comments:

cupcakefaerie said...

I'm having the same problem with a Jaywalker sock! The pattern has no give/stretch at all. I'm on my third cast-on, each time with a larger needle -- crossing my fingers that the third time will be a charm.

I hope that larger needles will work for you because you have to have Monkey Kaw Kaw socks!

IrishgirlieKnits said...

I know CeCe altered the pattern to make it bigger (did she add an extra purl stitch in each pattern?). Shoot her a PM over on ravelry and I bet she'll fix the problem for you :) (she's fiberfish I think) You must have the Monkey KawKaw socks!!