I finished my Heart of Sharkness socks today! The pattern is from AC Knitwear‘s Boost Your Knitting pattern/technique club. As I mentioned earlier, the pattern is called Heartgyle Socks, and is a cute takeoff on argyle patterning. But for some reason I decided my heart should have sharks on it, and instead of crossed lines, I wanted an anchor. So that’s what I did.
The main technique I learned with this project is how to do intarsia in the round, which seems like it would be complicated, but turns out to be pretty straightforward. A secondary technique I learned was a kind of heel decrease I hadn’t done before. Specifically, there are six points around the heel where you do decreases. I had only every done decreases at the sides of the heels before, so it was a little weird, including when I tried them on. However, they feel like they are more fitted to my foot. So possibly I will do this technique again. Possibly I won’t. We’ll see how they do in field trials 🙂
I did both hearts in intarsia, but tried different techniques with the details. On the right sock, I knitted in the anchor and fins. On the left sock, I duplicate stitched the anchor and fins. I think they look at bit neater duplicate stitched. So I think in the future I would still do intarsia for the big blocks of color, but probably not for little detailed bits.
And I had a great helper (Lazlo) while I was binding off and weaving in my ends 🙂