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?


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!!