Thank you guys
You're very kind!
Sewer Rat (love the name
) - the pattern is quite simple in itself. It's a toe up pattern using a figure 8 cast on (but you can use any style you prefer to get to the right number of stitches). Knitty have a really good tutorial on how to do any toe up cast on - they can be a bit fiddly, but they aren't difficult. Once the toe is done, you just do knits and purls until you are ready for the heel, so the only thing you need to do there is keep track of which row you are on (and trust me, you'll get used to the run of the argyle pattern so that you don't need to refer back to it very often). The heel is a short row one, and again, can be a bit fiddly, but it isn't difficult (I think there is a tutorial on Knitty for that too). As long as you are careful you'll be fine, but I'm always available to help out if you get stuck
The yarn, incidentally, is from www.pureknits.com
and is Hand Jive Yarns Nature's Palette in Indian Paintbrush. It is very very very yummy
Next up? I have to make some socks for a colleague at work - I promised I would when she said she was fed up of shop bought socks digging in to her ankles. I said I'd make them before I heard what measurements she has - a foot circ of 8.75" but an ankle circ of 11"... Soooo, next up is a bit of maths to make some top down socks with big ankles without a big foot. I'm thinking 2x2 ribbing and some heavy decreasing after the heel flap... After that, who knows but I suspect it might be another sock one - I'm itching to play with stitch patterns and socks are a fab way to wear patterns and colours you might not wear otherwise