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Apirka Socks Pattern

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Designer: Cailyn Meyer
Pattern Type: Knit
Sizes Included: Women Medium - Purple version, Women Medium - Mossy version
Yarn Shown: Palette Yarn
Yardage: 1386
Needles/Hooks Suggested: Size 2 (2.75mm): DPNs or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for Magic Loop
Fiber Type: Wool & Blends
Weight: Fingering
Please Note: This pattern has errata - if you purchased it before 04/25/2012. The corrected version is available in your pattern library.
Apirka is a Gaelic name that means “pleasant.” These socks will keep you pleasantly warm and cozy, whether worn in an office or trekking through the snows! They are worked from the top down with calf shaping for a snug fit. The socks start at the widest part of the calf, and then narrow as they approach the ankle.
The pattern continues seamlessly down the heel. The afterthought heel that is used here is easy to work and allows for working in the round instead of back and forth on a heel flap with two colors. In fact, the heel is worked like a top down toe, including grafting the last few stitches together. The heel stitches are worked with the waste yarn as a placeholder, and then the sole stitches are worked on top of the waste yarn. The sock will look like a tube until the waste yarn is removed and the live stitches put back on the nee-dles to work the heel.
This pattern can be worked with any needle configuration (DPNs, two circulars or magic loop). Stitches can be arranged on your needles however you like, since the instructions refer to stitch counts and charts instead of specific needles. Most of the instruc-tions for this pattern are charted.

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Size 2 (2.75mm): DPNs or 2 circulars or 1 long circular for Magic Loop: 6" Rainbow Wood Double Pointed Knitting Needles
This pattern has errata - if you purchased it before 04/25/2012. The corrected version is available in your pattern library.
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Worst Pattern I've Ever Bought! I purchased this yarn and the pattern for the mossy colorway as I love knitting stranded anything and need some new socks. Plus, they look pretty showy. I knit up a swatch right away. There's not even a chance of obtaining the given gauge over "stranded stockinette." Stranded knitting makes square stitches and thus a square gauge. Your stitches and rows per inch are equal. (check your projects at home that use stranding every row and Alice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting pg 164 in the chapter "Creating Your Own Designs" if you don't believe me!) This pattern excpects a gauge over stranded stockinette of 9.5 sts and 11 rows per inch. You can absolutely bet I wouldn't have wasted money on this kit if I'd know what the gauge was! It's not square! My beautiful little swatch knit in the round over the stranded body of the sock pattern before being steeked and lightly blocked and made with required yarn on suggested needles has a gauge of exactly 9 stitches and 9 rows per inch. Without being able to get the correct row gauge for a given stitch gauge, the sock will be far too long, tall, and the heel will stick out too far in addition to a very long, tapering toe. The calf shaping will also be in the wrong place. This is completely unacceptable and I honestly believed that a tester or tech editor would catch something like this before a pattern could be sold under the IDP at Knit Picks! I teach knitting and square stitches in stranded knits is one of the first things we discuss in stranded knitting intro classes! At this point I'd like my money back due to the pattern having an unworkable gauge even as stated in the 'bible' of Fair Isle knitting. If only I'd first checked the Ravelry projects and read the tales of woe from everyone else's gauge nightmares! It'd certainly have saved me from wasting my yarn budget on socks that I'll have to completely redesign later and leaving me high and dry for the project I need to be finishing up now!