Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Failed Fong

I wanted to make The Fong so that I could wear it during dance classes instead of having to spend money on dance paws. I still think the idea is a good one, but it's going to need some more tweaking before I get it right. Behold, my failed version of the Fong.
Excuse the very non-pedicured state of my feet.

I basically needed to re-write the pattern because my foot is really narrow, so I pulled out my trusty measuring tape and got cracking. Now, I have to say that there are still some good points to be said about my re-write. It actually fits really well through the ribbed section, and even the thong part of it is pretty good (though next time I think I'll make it a teeny bit shorter). However, I bet everyone can see what my major beef with this is. Yup, it doesn't hug my foot as it approaches the base of the toes. I probably should have realized this would happen (especially since it's cotton) and put in some shaping or something. It's just that when I started working on this, I didn't really want to use my brain at all. After a long day at work, I was looking for some instant knitting gratification. But alas no; it was not to be had tonight.

The more I look at this failed attempt, the more ideas on how to fix things come to mind, so I think I won't frog it, and just use it at a reference for the next attempt. Some ideas that come to mind are to make the thong part a really skinny i-cord instead of a stockinette strap, maybe using more ribbing while making only the sole flat. I think there's going to be a lot more measuring of different parts of my foot in order to get this just the way I want it though.


Adrienne said...

Sorry that your first Fong attempt didn't work out! Yeah, I guess cotton isn't really all that super-stretchy/huggy (except maybe Calmer). I think more ribbing is probably a good idea (heh, dirty joke running through my head now).

What kind of yarn is that? It's a pretty colour.

Karen said...

I actually can't remember what brand of yarn that is anymore, or the colourway. I got it quite a while ago, and never cataloged it. I got it that time we made our very first trip to Romni, and have been using it to make Berry Tart baby hats since then.

Adrienne said...

Oh my gosh....when was that? Like 3.5 years ago?? Where on earth does the time go?

Kathy said...

Woot! I love it when people knit these. I am a terrible pattern writer, seriously terrible. So really, all you need to do is knit just a little bit of the foot portion of a sock and then make a strappy thing for between your toes. Sock yarn works best, if you've got any. Yay Fong!

Robin said...

I also have a narrow foot, I made mine with Microspun, on US3 needles, and cast on 38 stitches.