I finished the cowl, and there is even still cold weather so I can wear it.
My skill improved as I continued, but I still made mistakes. Here are some of the things I learned:
- it is easier to work mindfully than to fix mistakes
- be gentle with tension
- be careful not to split the yarn
- work slowly; dropped stitches are hard to pick up correctly
- if you accidentally drop both loops, put the lower one back on the needle
- if you want to go back to fix a mistake, tink, don't frog
As I was knitting the cowl, I was still thinking about the red socks. I decided to test out making a clock on a modern pair of socks, so I will have an idea of what to do when I reach that point on the reproduction socks. This is a close approximation of the historic design, just a little smaller, since the stitches are so much bigger:
I'm halfway done with sock two, and then I'll go back to the red socks.