I have become obsessed. People who know me well will wonder why I feel the need to point this out, but that’s entirely beside the point. My current obsession is with Cat Bordhi and her New Pathways for Sock Knitters book.
I got this book as a birthday gift a couple of years ago. (Thanks Mom!) I read through it cover to cover, boggled at the ‘sockitechtures’, giggled at some of Cat’s asides and observations, blinked at the idea of Master Numbers (why didn’t I think of that?) and then knit nary a thing out of it for quite some time.
And then the Spiraling Master Coriolis (Ravelry link) pattern took up residence in my subconscious, niggling at me every time I thought about casting on a new pair of socks. “Knit me! Knit me next! I’m pretty! I’m intriguing! I’m prettier than that other pattern! Knit meeeeee!” (What? Don’t try to tell me that never happens to you.)
So I knit a wee little gauge swatch, did the math to get my master numbers, and off I went. It was the first design of Cat’s I’d attempted, and there were many times when I just knew she was leading me astray. I wasn’t certain what was growing on my needles, but it sure didn’t look anything like a sock.
And then suddenly it did look like a sock.
Like a pair of socks.
That band you see spiraling up the foot and just barely missing the heel flap, that’s where all the magic is. All the gusset increases happen in relation to that band, and it creates this lovely biasing which must be seen to be believed.
I felt like some kind of sock knitting superhero. What an eye-opener! I’ve been knitting out of this book ever since, and I can’t seem to stop. But hey, with results like this, how could that be a bad thing?
Pattern: Spiraling Master Coriolis by Cat Bordhi
Yarn: Superwash Merino 4-ply dyed by a friend of mine
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)