Twisted Flower, Hybrid Cables and Febrarch

First and foremost, let me thank everyone for all the kind comments about my Minimalist Cardigan! I really appreciate all your responses, and I read them all. I’ve been very busy, which has limited my blogging, emailing and knitting time rather drastically (sob!), so I had to decide between responding to each of your comments on my sweater or looking to see what you were up to on your blogs. I opted for reading and commenting on your blogs. Although I am still playing blog-reading catch-up, I can say with confidence that everyone is knitting cool stuff!

Myself, I’m knitting a pretty cool sock, and I am very pleased to report that my Twisted Flower sock is looking just like the first sock of the pair, which was knit by Jean of Golden Purl.
My Twisted Flower 021708

I am actually a little farther along than this, but this was the last time the sock, daylight and my camera came together which was on Saturday. I’m still on the leg though. It isn’t hard to follow the directions or the chart, but my wrists don’t like the twisted stitches very much. So, I knit a couple rounds and then take a breather (a tweed breather, but that’s another post).

I’m knitting the 2-stitch twists and cables using a hybrid method that I’m sure others use, but I haven’t seen it. I’d knit the cables without a cable needle except for the fact that these are itty-bitty, teensy-weensy, tight little stitches on a whole mess of dpns (I’m using 5 instead of my usual 4, making the chart repeats easier). So, I’ve been doing the cross before working any stitches, like is done when cabling without a cable needle, but I am using a cable needle to keep from losing the aforementioned rather smallish, tightish stitches during the crossing transfers. Here’s an example:

Actual Right Twist Pattern Instructions: Sl 1 to cn and hold to back, k tbl, p1 from cn
What I do: Sl 1 to cn and hold to back, Sl 1 to right needle, transfer st from cn to left needle, transfer slipped st on right needle to left needle, k tbl, p1 (It’s longer to write but easier than knitting from the cable needle.)

The inability to knit many rounds of an evening is causing me some concern in terms of finishing this sock by the end of February. I may have to make the period after the 31st of January and before the first of April a big month of Febrarch, during which time I finish the Twisted Flower and knit a second pair of socks. I have the yarn for the second pair of socks, and it is very suitable for Project Spectrum 3: Fire. Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino is Raspberry:
Fearless Fibers Raspberry Superwash Sock Yarn
Because I am really liking how the twisted stitches are looking on the Twisted Flower, of course, I want to knit this into a twisted stitch. But that is NOT THE IDEA for Febrarch. I am currently torn, but eying socks all over everyone’s Ravelry pages, so I hope to make a decision soon. In the meantime, I haven’t knit my round allotment on Twisted Flower yet this evening…

15 thoughts on “Twisted Flower, Hybrid Cables and Febrarch”

  • I love your Twisted Flower socks. I have the pattern and yarn for it, but I am too scared to knit it. I can barely handle cables on a size 10 needle.

    I love the color your picked for the socks. Just lovely!

  • Brenda- I don’t know if you can get your hands on any of the EZ or Meg Swansen DVDs, but they are invaluable for learning new techniques. There is an easier way to execute the twisted stitches, and it doesn’t involve a cable needle.

    You are going for the brighter colors, good for you.

  • I agree, the Twisted Flower looks lovely! It does sound like a pain to knit though. I’m sure that gorgeous Raspberry would look good in a lot of patterns.

  • That’s a clever idea for twisting your stitches. I do the non-cable needle method, but I sometimes lose stitches that way!

    Sorry the sock is hurty– that’s not fun. But it’s so pretty and I’m sure you’ll be happy when it’s done eventually!

  • The Twisted Flowers are gorgeous! I’m a sucker for twisted stitches. 🙂 Love that raspberry yarn – have you considered Cable Twist? (Ok, so it’s what I’m knitting right now – but it’s a gorgeous and simple pattern!)

  • I love Fearless Fibers sock yarn and the raspberry colorway is just gorgeous! Febrarch is a stellar idea. I’m sorry the twisted stitches are giving you pain. You are wise to pace it out. Looking forward to hearing about the tweed breather project.

  • However you do it, those Twisted Stitches look mighty impressive to me! They’re also a bit intimidating which is too bad because i think I have this pattern. Anyway, don’t you just love Fearless Fibers?

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