Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Where is the errata Wednesday

Knitpicks has a new pattern for boot socks (it's a free pattern in pdf form, click the "download free pattern" link at the bottom of the page).

Basically it is a sock knit with worsted weight yarn. I rarely wear boots and like my socks better, generally, when knit from a lighter weight yarn, like, ummm, sock yarn. But I do have a collection of odd balls and partial balls of worsted so I could stripe some together for some heavy weight socks.

But, I digress. This post is supposed to be about errata.

Sometimes I like to read patterns. This one is a good read. Except for the fixation on knitting socks with two circs, which I don't do. But just skim past those parts and imagine knitting the sock however you'd like to.

But there is a problem. The sock uses a technique where you cast on too many stitches (25%extra), then in the first row you get rid of the extras, and this is supposed to keep the top cast on row from being too tight. It could work and might be a good thing to try though I don't generally have trouble with the top cast-on being too tight on top downs. Now the problem comes in where, in row two, there are more k2tog's that are not needed, and are troublesome, as I read the pattern, because if you do these k2tog's, you will have too few stitches.

I sent this observation to knitpicks customer service and haven't heard back from them. Actually, I sent my email this afternoon and perhaps they haven't had time to respond and perhaps they will respond. In the meantime, I suggest you not do the k2tog's in row 2.

Knitpicks errata site is at This afternoon there wasn't any errata there for the boot socks pattern. Generally it is a good idea to check for errata before starting a knitting project.

As a sidelight, the pattern discusses a variation on the standard start and end of the kitchener stitch that they say will help prevent the "corner" that sometimes develops at the start and end of a toe grafting session. I intend to try their mod next time I graft some toes.

more later,


Blogger AR said...

That's a good thing to know. I've been looking for some boot sock patterns. You know, cuz I need more WIPs! Let us know if they fix the mistake.

I noticed that I was really not Queen of the WIPs as I was blog surfin' the other day. That should make me happy, right? LOL.

1/04/2007 8:33 AM

Blogger Jeri said...

I heard from Jasmine at kp. They agree that it looks like there is an issue with the pattern and it's being referred to the Design Coordinator.

1/05/2007 7:30 PM


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