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Friday, March 31, 2006

Of Gussets and Bunnies

Do you see this? On the left is the SSK side of a gusset with the SSK's done the usual way. See the little stair steps? It looks OK, but its no match for the other side of the gusset with the smooth line of K2tog's. On the right is the gusset for my Sockapaloooza sock with the SSK's done the way Dave recommended in the comments a week or so ago. Do you see what a perfectly smooth line it is? It matches the K2tog side of the gusset! No stair steps! Dave, you're a genius! Now both sides of our gussets will look the same. And just in case you didn't catch Dave's directions, here they are: Slip one knitwise, slip one purlwise, slip both stitches back to the left needle and knit through the back. THEN - on the next round (the "work even" round) you knit this stitch through the back so its twisted. I will admit that the gusset took me longer doing it like this, but I figure that's just because I had to slow down and think about it more. Once I really learn it, it should speed up a bit. At least as fast as a gusset ever goes.

It wasn't all gussets around here yesterday, Caleb and I went stash diving (we didn't really get into the whole stash, just into one of my fat quarter buckets) and found some fabric for the bunnies. Caleb picked out his bunny, then he decided how the baby's bunny should be done (a variation on his bunny), and I found some fabric for my own bunny. Caleb then drew a face for his bunny and a face for the baby's bunny, which I centered on the bunnies' heads and embroidered. We've got everything cut out and ready to sew now as you can see from the picture below. I am doing the ears differently from the pattern because I didn't want raw edges there. I traced the ears off and left space between them, they are layered with the other ear fabric (outer ear and inner ear) and I'll sew on the lines, then cut them out with pinking shears and flip them right side out. At least that's the plan. Today there will be some bunny sewing and hopefully we'll have bunnies by bedtime. And just so you know, all of these bunnies are nice. We haven't gotten crazy with the bunnies - yet.


Blogger CareBear said...

HURRAY!!! I can't wait to try out the new gusset decreases! No more stair steps!!!

9:56 AM  
Blogger Agnes said...

I agree with you, Dave is a genius! I usually do short row heels but I have the same problem with the SSK when doing the toe decrease. Now I am going to experiment Dave's suggestion! Thanks.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

I'm so glad it worked out for you! But I must graciously decline the "genius" part ... that particular trick has been around for quite a while on the Socknitters list, which is where I first heard it. Gussets ahoy!

4:58 PM  
Anonymous LisaK said...

Thanks.... I'll never be happy with the "old" way again. LOL!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Love your socks.

Can't wait to see these bunnies. I should get some things out for my DD to make for Easter too. Maybe tomorrow.

5:45 PM  
Blogger Lorette said...

Hurray indeed! i have a sock almost near the gusset and I am trying this. The usual way just has mine looking like crap.

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Ina said...

Great ssk tip! I'll try it on my socks.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hm. I've done that basic decrease on gussets, but without the stitch being knit tbl on the next round. I'll have to try it. Your gusset certainly looks wonderful! And so do both pairs of socks. :-)

9:44 AM  

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