In Which the Pirate Casts On.
Here is a not-so-great phone camera picture of the beginning of the smaller size of the Brother sock pattern I am designing. I cast on 80 stitches on Saturday morning, after some “emergency” text messages to Michael to find out how well his pair fit him, and to remind me of how many stitches in the ribbing. He gets brownie points for being able to read knitting, that’s for sure, and I lose points for not taking better notes the first time I knit this pattern. How silly of me!
I like fine-gauge socks, and there aren’t too many patterns for them out there. These are knit at 45 stitches to 4 inches, which is not really too hard. I have to keep in mind that the legs should be made slightly shorter than usual, because the fine gauge uses up more yardage than a thicker yarn would. Even with my size 10.5 feet, I can get a pair of crew-length socks, just below my calf muscle, from a regular 100g ball of sock yarn – so I should be able to knit something taller than anklets from the Trekking. I thought about knitting the cuffs, heels and toes from a contrasting color of yarn, but decided that I didn’t like the way it looked with the options of colors I had in my stash. I will write it into the pattern as a suggestion for other knitters with large feet.