I went to Ravelry and found 48 people doing this sock. They've posted pictures and comments. I can see that the top few rows curl. And I can see that a rib is not exactly what you want. How about a seed stitch? or even a garter stitch. Those two would blend more with the overall effect and they would lay flat.
Thanks for the advice on that sock cuff I asked you about. It is a Knit Picks pattern that I downloaded. The cuff is not rib at all; but, it has very nice diamond pattern lace to make it a little more dressy. The sock is actually started with 4 rows of knit (I'm using 5 dpn's). I could email you the pattern in an attachment so that you could figure this one out.
It's always amazing to know that the world is really a small place! Sounds like your family has a rich history in this area. Fritz's drug store is still in Staunton! As a matter of fact, I was just there yesterday to pick up a prescription for my husband.
This was my first year teaching in Staunton. I'm employed there are a Title 1 language arts teacher for kindergarten and first grades. Prior to that point, I had been a classroom teacher in North County, St. Louis. Staunton is such a nice place to work and this year has truly been a blessing. It's much closer to home, also.
Thanks for explaining where your town is located. I'm still learning Illinois geography!
I have a knitting question for you. I'm making a pair of socks right now from the Knit Pick pattern "Girl's Best Friend Socks". It is a cuff down sock. The cuff begins with 4 rows of knitting before beginning the diamond pattern on the band. My question is how to keep those initial rows from rolling up. I know that blocking it would help; but, I'm afraid of possibly stretching the band while trying to get those rows to lay flat. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
I've lived in Mt. Olive for the past 3 years. My husband is originally from Staunton and that is where I teach. I'm originally from the East Coast and have been out here for 16 years now. I'm not familiar with Charleston, IL. Is that near Chicago?
What do you enjoy knitting? My grandmother taught me to knit when I was 7 years old. I also have a knitting machine and have mostly been knitting on that off and on for the past 18 years. It's only been in the past year that I've been drawn back into hand knitting. My quest last summer was to find a good mitten pattern. Then, I started knitting socks and truly love making them.
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I've lived in Central Illinois most of my life, met my husband in college and have been happily married ever since.
I learned to knit in college from a philosophy professor. She loved Elizabeth Zimmermann, so I learned her methods and bought her books. That kept me knitting for about 20 years until I discovered knitting on the Internet. One day I decided to search for affordable wool yarn, and that's how I met Knit Picks and started Chapter 2 of my knitting adventure. Chapter 3 started when I discovered Ravelry. Now I'm in Chapter 4, on the road to becoming a Master Knitter through The Knitting Guild of America. I'm blogging my journey, so if you want to know more, click on my blog below.
When I'm not knitting, I'm helping my husband with our non-profit organization and raising three teenagers. One will head off to college in the fall, another is home schooled, and the third will start full time public high school next fall. Times they are a changin'.