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"Knitting is very conducive to thought. It is nice to knit a while, put down the needles, write a while,
then take up the sock again." - Dorothy Day


I never mentioned that I made friends with Baudelaire again. I re-started them last weekend, and finished them today. The second sock went smoothly, thank you very much.

There are a couple more pictures here.

Pattern: Baudelaire, by Cookie A., from Knitty. My gauge was tighter than called for in the pattern, so I knit the largest size to compensate. After figuring it out the hard way, I used the alternate instructions for the larger instep. It's really a fantastic pattern. The stitch pattern is beautiful, the instructions are very clear, and the toe-up heel flap is a little something different.

Yarn and Needles: Patons Kroy Socks, 75% washable wool, 25% nylon. I've got ball bands for several different colors floating around, so I don't know which belongs to this yarn. We'll call it a dark heathered oatmeal. I used four size 0 bamboo DPN's.

Mods: I ended the foot halfway through the pattern repeat, but wanted to start the leg pattern at the beginning of the repeat. I added a few extra rows of pattern on the front, stockinette on the back after the heel turn.

It seemed like the cables were twisting toward the front of the foot on the pattern (this may have been me misreading) so I flipped them around to face the back.

Instead of doing 1x1 ribbing, I used an uneven ribbing that followed the pattern of the sock. This ended up being 2x2 for most of the sock, with some 1x1 around the cable.

I also made a weird mod right before the ribbing. The cables up the sides were 8 stitches wide, and I wanted to slim that down for the ribbing. I slipped the first 4 stitches of each cable to an extra needle and held them as if I were going to knit a cable. Instead, I knit together a stitch from the front needle and a stitch from the back needle. This decreased to 4 stitches for the ribbing. It still fits over the heel, and it keeps the ribbing nice and tight.

If I could do it over: The heel flap is written as plain stockinette, and I think I would prefer a slip-stitch heel for strength. But I love how these look, and they were really fun to knit. I would still love a pair in red, as pictured in the pattern. Of course, I have a pattern queue a mile long, so who knows if I'll ever get to it.