After watching w-a-y too much TV last week, trying to push Team Ontario to victory, my socks are done. Sadly, Ontario lost the championship game to Manitoba. No Brier title for Glenn Howard, yet again. Big loss.
The socks, nonetheless, are a win.
Normally though, with only 60 stitches, I would use a larger needle. Most often 2.75mm. Conversely, if knitting on the 2.25 mm needles, the socks would have 64 or even 68 stitches. But due to lace's holey, stretchy nature, I have a sock that fits me with only 60 stitches and a 2.25 needle.
Listowel Tent Sale and costing me all of $2, I like these socks. The pattern is Chevron Lace. One of the 'Variations On Fancy Socks' found on page 39 of my book, Need A Sock?. Because Chevron Lace is a six-stitch pattern, I wanted a six-stitch ribbing which would flow nicely into the lace pattern and chose example number two of the three given in the book. That is P1, K4, P1.
Conversely - or perversely - these lace patterns which would seem to be a more time-consuming knit, actually knit up more quickly than plain old stockinet. It happens like that for me because of the grouping of rows. Four rows to a repeat and I don't allow myself to stop knitting until a repeat is finished. When ready to abandon knitting for those mandatory tasks like dinner prep or laundry, one more row becomes one more repeat. Four rows. And the sock is done faster than you might imagine.
Sorry about your luck, Glenn, but I've got a pair of winner socks.