What the heel?

The Nutkins pattern calls for a short row heel. Now it had been a few years since I’ve done a short row heel but I don’t remember it being like this. This could be poor memory on my part, but I don’t think so. I was a little confused on the very beginning of the heel. Thankfully I’m not the only person that has had this problem. Ok. Let me stop here real quick and give my two cents. I read a few posts where people said that this a poorly written pattern. I have to disagree. I don’t believe that it is written clearly, but written poorly seems harsh to me. Maybe I’m just not that frustrated yet! I may figure out which heel it was I used last time and rip back. This one seems to make holes, but I am probably doing something wrong. *sigh*

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Nuts about Nutkins

A few weeks ago i purchased some lovely Spud & Chloë Fine in the Bumble color way. I have had my eyes on this particular yarn for a few weeks and was so excited when the time came that I was able to purchase. Rarely have I found a yarn that I obsess over as much as this yarn.

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I really prefer to have a project in mind before I buy yarn because then I cast on near immediately. I’m not a patient person when it comes to casting on. This time I agonized over which project I was going to make for just over a week. I finally settled on a pair of Nutkins. These are a cuff down sock. First things first. The cuff consists of a few rows knit, a purl row to turn the cuff, a few more knit rows, and then pick up stitches and knit with the live stitches to close the cuff. I typically use a knitted cast on for most things and occasionally a twisted German cast on, but this called for a long tail. I don’t like long tail cast on so much. But the first attempt, I tried it. I got through picking up some of the stitches when I decided that it wasn’t even looking to me. It was time for a crocheted
provisional cast on. Not my favorite method, but I love having nice evenly spaced live stitches rather than picking up stitches on a cast on edge.

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I am currently a few inches in and the pattern is a delight. It is one of those patterns where everything is just moved over one stitch within the repeats for 10 rows. It is very easy to see where you are in the pattern. The only thing I’m not crazy about on it is the first row of the pattern has a purl 1 and then a YO which creates a small hole. If I would have paid attention I would have made things extra snug on the first row, but I didn’t really notice it until I was a couple rows in. The rest of the row 1 repeats don’t do this the same way because of the shaping in the previous row. A slight gap, but not the same way. If I knit this pattern again, which I likely will, I will change that up, but as I’m already this far in the game, I’m not to worried about it. I also went down from the prescribed size US 1.5 (2.50) to a US 1 (2.25). I almost always knit on gauge with a pattern. So much so that I rarely knit a swatch first, except for sweaters, then always. I have noticed though that the last few socks I have knit don’t fit like I would like, despite knitting gauge on them. So I changed this up and knit a half size down. I think this was a wise decision.