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Heart of Sharkness – Done!

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 🙂

11 thoughts on “Heart of Sharkness – Done!

  1. I am not sure how much help that is, but if you say so! I think for the finer details Dup St works better, and your test proves it. They are cute as can be! I assume the heel fits better because our heels are actually round, like our head. Imagine a hat with just decreases at the sides.

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    1. You make a good point! They do feel more like the shape of my actual heel. I agree on the duplicate stitch for the details. You certainly can do them as intarsia as well, but they look a little wonky. Dup stitch for the win!

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