My mother wants me to tell you that when you knit your argyles, be they preppy or piratey, that you should not skimp on the ribbing because she knows the siren song of the chart, and how it will sigh while you put in your ribbing, and how it will complain, and how it will try to get you to start in on the excitement of the colourwork before the ribbing has reached the right point, the point when it will be substantial enough to not look like you rushed into the chart before the ribbing was a full 2.5 to 3 inches long. She says this is very important because if you rush, the ribbing will look skimpy, and you will look like a knitter who rushes. I think she must be looking at my pink ones and shaking her head. My mother is among the most patient of knitters. I should learn some more of that from her.
So I have reached the end of my more substantial ribbing. I decided that I want my Jolly Rogers to be on the sides of my socks instead of on the front, so I printed out a couple of copies of the chart and by cutting and taping and folding, I figured out where I should start in on it. I looked at the finished Dunkin Donut sock and thought the Jolly Roger would look best against the first whole background diamond starts, since I also think I want the skull on a black background, like it is on the flag. I might make the socks another half repeat of the chart longer, but I'll make that decision when I get there. Here's where I am at the moment (remembering to knit it from the top), about four rows into it. I can't wait to make it to the skull !
I know you're looking at the ribbing and saying to yourself:
But that's not flat. That looks like a regular sock-in-the-round. Is she dicking with me here?
No. No, I'm not. Really. I am knitting it back and forth, just like -- I swear to you -- any self-respecting argyle sock is knit. But I did cheat a little and knit the ribbing in the round, then started in on the back and forth when I got to the chart. I actually ribbed with 68 stitches, and added on new stitch at each side for the selvedge. It's an experiment. What better time to walk the plank, I say. Arrgh.