i’m going to try to be extra patient with these socks… and if everybody can be extra patient with me, and give some more help, that would be great.
first things first… i totally understand garter stitch. i also understand the basic concepts of short rows. i finally got close to gauge with my yarn/needle combination.
i cast on. i completed all the way through “Size 9/10 (EU40/42): Work 60 sts, turn, slip 1 st, work 59 sts.” (i’m using a self-striping yarn, so no switching colors.)
then the pattern says “ALL SIZES: Work 6 rows over all sts (remember short rows towards the toe - i.e. in the opposite side of elevation). Read
ASSEMBLY TIP! And remember to switch color for every ridge the rest of piece.”
so i did that. now, since it’s only 6 rows, i could only do the short rowing thing once, on rows 3&4 - 1 regular row down, 1 regular row up, 1 short row down (knit to the marker i placed earlier, which leaves 16 unworked stitches), 1 short row up, and another regular row down and another regular row back up. done.
“Now dec for heel as follows: Insert 1 marker in the 62nd-68th-72nd st (counted from side with elevation). Dec 1 st on each side of st with marker on every other row 11 times in total = 98-108-118 sts. Work in garter st until piece measures 9-11-13 cm / 3½”-4½"-5" from last dec."
i put a set of markers around the 72nd stitch… and this is where my trouble is, so bear with me. is this now a NEW set of rows, because it has new directions, so my row counting starts over here with 1? OR, is this a continuation of rows, so even though this is the first set of rows with heel decreases, it’s really the 3rd/4th row of the short row pattern because i previously did 6 rows, and only the 3rd/4th of that set were short rows?
see, i can’t figure out when to start counting row 1, row 2 (regular ridge), row 3, row 4 (short row ridge), and start over with row 1.
garn/drops offical online help wanted to explain to me what a short row is, not when it should actually start in the pattern.
the drops group on ravelry had multiple viewers, but only one replier, and while she was helpful (really!), it wasn’t enough help, i guess. – “OK. This is how I see it. You do the leg elevation first. (done) Then you start working over all stitches (and doing the every 3rd/4th row short rows at the same time). When doing the decreases at the heel, you are still working over all of the stitches (and doing the toe short rows). Then you work in garter stitch until piece measures 5” (still working over all stitches and doing toe short rows). Then you do increases for the heel (still working over all stitches and doing toe short rows). Then you do the leg elevation only on the leg section of stitches. So you actually have many rows of toe short rows! Hope this helps.”
isn’t everybody glad i decided AGAINST trying to do japanese or german short rows at the same time? where my stitch count also would have been different?