Trickery investigation

Ah, my pretties, let’s get to the bottom of this Meida trickery!

When we compare Domesticat’s Meidas, my Meidas, and the way they appear in Favorite Socks, we most certainly notice that the scallops face upward towards the ankle for Ms. DC and Ms. Bush, but downward towards the toe for me. But that’s a minor point which is easily explained by the fact that I’m working these socks toe-up.

Allow me to position all three socks such that the cast-on of each is at the bottom of the picture:

Now we’re looking at the stitch pattern from the same perspective – the cast-on edges are all lined up, the scallops all face the same way… there’s really no difference! Right?!? Wrong!

Take a look at the cables:

Domesticat’s and mine cross to the left, while the ones in the book cross to the right!

After a little investigating, it seems that the written-out directions result in left-twist cables, but the photo and the symbol used in the chart lead you to believe that you’ll end with right-twist cables!

(I’m not 100% positive about the chart symbol – I don’t have the book in front of me – but I think it was for a right-twist cable)

It seems that something, somewhere, got reversed. Tricky!

P.S. I got Domesticat’s permission to use her photo for this entry, but not before a gentle kicking-of-the-ass for using her photo in my last entry without checking with her first. And she’s totally right! I hang my head in shame, especially because I really do know better.


27 thoughts on “Trickery investigation

  1. Shamiran

    I guess they thought the pic would work better that way so they flipped it… Publishers do this all the time…

  2. Chocolina

    Hi there:

    I always read your blog but this is the first time I write. Since I like photography I have a clue to this little problem: The photo is mirrored, it happens all the time in publication. At least it´s my guess.

    By the way: I have knitted 3 Piccovolis and it is the best pattern I ever knitted, some day I send photos…

    Love from Argentina, Chocolina

  3. Kai

    umm.. also, as you’ve reversed the construction, your scallops are facing the other way too… but you knew that already, right?

  4. Kristy

    Well, you can work from the chart for the first sock, and the written-out directions for the second one. That way you’ll have mirror-image socks!

  5. Anna

    Yeah, that’s likely a result of the photograph in the book having been flipped over. It does happen quite often, especially if there’s not any writing in the picture.

  6. Rachel

    Yeah, the photo was reversed for the ‘Favorite Socks’ pic, like I said yesterday. I pulled out the book, and the written directions on the chart are for a left leaning cable, but the chart photo does, as you mentioned, make it appear as though it will be a right leaning cable.

  7. Marnie

    Well, it seems you have everything you need to make socks that are mirror images of each other. I’d have to work socks in that manner anyway,just to keep my sense of equilibrium in order.

  8. Erica

    So very true about the flipped image in the book. Who cares, your socks look lovely! I like the idea of mirror image socks. That’s right up your alley! And your grandmother would appreciated the symmetry. Knit On!

  9. Jayme

    I may be a bit obsessive but every time I make socks with cables I will switch them so they mirror each other. I do the same things for cabled sweaters if it makes sense to do so.

  10. Diane

    That’s the difference between “hold to front” and “hold to back”, I guess. I’m working on these socks right now as well and was wondering the same thing. The chart symbol implies “hold to back” but the written directions say hold to front.

    Maybe I’ll work the second sock the other way …

  11. kelly

    What is it with knitting patterns these days? Like we wouldn’t notice mis-crossed cables or ill-placed YOs? Are knitters even reading over the patterns? Sheesh! (The socks are lovely, BTW)

  12. Stacey

    My eyes are totally crossed now! LOL

    I do need to ask you some advice as a novie to knitting socks!

    I will e-mail you! :o)

  13. Pat

    Heigh, ho! Time for a copyright lesson, specifically that of fair use.

    It is a courtesy, not a legal requirement, to clear use of a picture, a few lines of attributed copy, or just about anything but a single line of a song lyric. Songwriters are fierce, no doubt about it, but because the work is so brief, any quotation is a substantial percentage of the total work. Knitters are fiercer, these days.

    If you have any doubt, it is always best to clear, of course. But you were well within permitted use.

    Imagine what would happen if small excerpts were forbidden in reviews. Book reviewers would call to clear something, and the author would demand being read the review (or seeing it in e-mail), and would then forbid the excerpt as a way of killing or impairing a bad review. Blackmail would be the inevitable result of copyright absolutism.

    We need to get over the notion that copyright is absolute. It isn’t.

  14. Mary-Heather

    Ok, first of all, I love your posts on this so much, because I am a Libra with OCD. Balance issues… 😉

    Do you plan on crossing the cables in different directions, as Jayme mentions; then you will have a sock with cables crossing as in the flipped photo! Whatever you do, those socks are truly lovely. That thistle color is so nice.

  15. Jennifer

    A fun thought would be to do one sock with the cables in one direction and the other in the other direction to have a mirrored pair. Regardless, the socks are lovely.

  16. Marianne

    It couldn’t simply be that the publisher of the book simply chose to reverse the photograph in the book because the ‘look’ was more pleasing? Here speaks a desk top publisher! ;^)

    Gorgeous gorgeous pattern stitch though,either way up!

  17. Lynelle

    My guess is that the printer reversed the image. This is a rairly common mistake in printing and has happened to us serveral times.

  18. lynelle

    Oh, and I love that you notice this kind of stuff, I would not have noticed that, I really would not. Greetings from Montana, L

  19. Helen


    I kept looking at Meida and saying nahhh…

    but seeing it worked toe up — I like it a lot more!

    Weird how flipping the lace made it prettier!


    NOW I know what to knit with that recalcitrant yarn that refused to tell me which pattern it liked!

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