Glancing at my gallery of completed projects, it’s clear that symmetry is not at the forefront of my mind.


In each of these instances, knitting one sock to be the mirror image of the other would have been a nice touch. In each of these instances, doing so would be relatively simple – no complicated math or crazy calculations. Just reversing the stitch pattern, that’s all.

So, why not?

Most often it just didn’t occur to me until I was done! Silly me.

The designer of the Scala socks must have had dorks like me in mind when she wrote her pattern. Very casually she mentions, “To achieve an interesting symmetry you may work the cables of your second sock in the other direction: just start the pattern in round 13.”

Right! Symmetry! D’oh! Thanks for reminding me!

Not only did I start the second sock at round 13, I reversed the direction of the decorative edging as well. Just a little prompting and I got all symmetried-out :).

No dud photos for you today, but have fun figuring out how I captured the image above (here’s a hint :)).

Tomorrow: I reveal the identity of the 750th Jaywalker to grace the gallery, and the prize given to its lucky knitter! It’s truly Eye-Candy-Friday-liscious!


26 thoughts on “Symmetry

  1. cara dB

    Your blog continues to inspire me. Not that I can knit. One day. (Unless you have any local recommendations – I’m nearish to you, in somerville. Also, speaking of local? I went to be a fit tester for TrueFit and OH MY GOD do they know their stuff. I love the jeans I bought there. Thank you for the tip!)

  2. Kristy

    I was thinking about doing a symmetry thing for Child’s First Sock in Shell Pattern… if for no other reason than I prefer k2tog’s to ssk’s 🙂

  3. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog)

    I’m a symmetry freak. When I knit cabled sweaters, I always make sure I have an even number of cables so that I can switch the direction right in the middle. (Having them all go the same direction would make me feel like I was leaning to one side.)

  4. mari

    I love your pose with your socks – I think taking sock photos is the hardest knit item to do! My feet always look too long or weird. I’ll have to try your method from now on.

  5. Jody

    The socks are looking awesome! It never occurs to me either until I’m finished to make them symmetric like.

  6. Chelsea

    I am doing the 64 stitch Cable Twist Socks for my Sockapalooza pal and I want to make them symmetrical too. I still need to figure out how to make the cables twist the other way though. i can’t imagine it’s terribly hard.

  7. Jess

    I’m a little freakish about symmetry myself. One detail from Vintage Socks that bothers me is when the “seam stitch” is not centered between stitches. It just can’t continue down from a K2P2… that would make me twitchy…

  8. Becky

    Love the socks. Guess I’m not the 750 jaywalker since I don’t see mine in the gallery yet. I hope I can knit socks as well as you one day.

  9. Marnie

    I’m insanely obsessed with symmetry, to a degree that I suspect borders on unhealthy. My friends know this about me and appear to still love me.

    Looks like you did a little photo yoga to get that shot. Another think you might try, if it hasn’t already been suggested, place a book or two on the floor, set your self timer and place your camera on top of the books. Step back. Wait.

  10. Ryn

    Mmm, symmetry… Those socks are so delicious. I just want to eat them with some fresh whipped cream and raspberries… 🙂

    Wow, that’s a lot of Jaywalkers! I just finished a Shifting Sands (unfortunately, it’s too hot to wear it. Damn), and I e-mailed you a link to the appropriate blog post.

  11. Irie

    Very clever with the rotate 180° photo trick! Those socks are so lovely. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  12. Thea

    I love those socks, but unfortunately can’t speak German, besides the occasional curse word or phrase by a former president which translates to “I am a jelly donut”. How can we get that lovely pattern in English?

    And your knitting is amazing, by the way. This is the first time I’ve commented (I think), but I love your blog.

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