Maintaining Gauge

One of the drawbacks to picking up a knitting project that has been in UFO status for some time is maintaining the gauge that I was getting before I put it aside. For instance the socks I picked for a WIP KAL have a relaxed gauge in pattern up the top of the foot of the sock but appears to have a somewhat tighter gauge after finishing the heel and beginning the leg of the sock.

Granted it’s not a huge difference and I don’t believe it’s enough to frog (rip out) what I already knitted but it’s enough to make me pay more attention to my knitting on the project. I tried on one of the socks and it isn’t tight at all around the ankle so I am good to go. I made a good bit of progress on one sock while I was in the hospital for the kidney stone and managed fifteen pattern repeat rounds before switching to the other sock. I’m at thirteen pattern repeat rounds on the second sock now. I’ll switch back and forth in this manner until I’ve finished both socks in hopes of maintaining the same gauge.

This is the top of the foot of the sock.

This is just above the heel flap at the ankle and I can see where the gauge is slightly tighter than on the top of the sock but since it isn’t fitting too snug when I try it on I will continue on being careful to maintain my gauge.

Since I began feeling better yesterday I had planned to have this scheduled to post at my usual time in the morning but we were experiencing internet problems when I started writing last evening and I had to wait until our internet was back up and running to finish the post.

The repair guy from Sparklight was just here and it’s not just our house that is affected. He said it is an area problem and that although we have internet it is a weak signal and we could lose it again. Our television service was also affected but seems to be OK for now.

It’s time for a cup of coffee and some breakfast and then I’ll see how much knitting I can get done on the socks this morning. In the meantime I hope to be able to keep my internet…

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

2 thoughts on “Maintaining Gauge

  1. I use a vanilla toe-up sock pattern by Jo Torr and found a Yarn Over Cable stitch from one of Barbara Walker’s pattern books for the pattern up the top of the sock that works as ribbing on the leg.

    Half a round will carry the pattern up the top of the sock while you knit stocking stitch for the bottom of the sock. A full round will be your ribbing.

    I’m working with a total of 70 stitches divided in half on a size 0, 40″ circular needle after doing the toe-up increases.

    Rounds 1 & 2: P1, (K3, P2) across half the stitches ending with P1. Repeat on second half of stitches when knitting leg.
    Round 3: P1, (Sl 1, K2, PSSO the 2 knitted stitches, P2) across, ending with P1. Repeat on second half of stitches when knitting leg.
    Round 4: P1, (K1, YO, K1, P2) across, ending with P1. Repeat on second half of stitches when knitting leg.

    Repeat these 4 rounds for the pattern.


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