In Which the Pirate Tries on Socks.

The socks which fit perfectly, fresh off the needles, are now too big. The socks which I thought were too small, fit perfectly after a few wearings. There’s a lesson to be learned here, one which is brought to mind when I try on my handspun socks: “These socks are not really too small.” Sure, they’re difficult to get on and off – but a few wearings and washings will soften them up. And they fit just right around my ankles, no bagging or wrinkling at all.

This is what I have learned about socks this year:

  • With standard sock yarn, I should make a 64-stitch stockinette-footed sock for myself.
  • I might consider 68 stitches if I want ribbing down the foot.
  • The socks aren’t too small. Really. Unless they are, in which case
  • It’s so easy to rip back and fix mistakes.
  • If I make the sock leg six inches long, there should be enough yarn left over for the foot.
  • Heel-flap-and-gusset socks fit better than short row heel socks.
  • Short row heel socks are acceptable, though.
  • I need to learn to do a heel flap and gusset sock from the toe up.
  • Here is a conveniently free pattern from Wendy for just that.
  • I like to knit socks for the people I love best.
  • Handknit socks are so much better than store-bought, but toe socks from Sock Dreams are a close second.

In the coming year I’d like to try new sock architectures – the Hat-Heel Sock looks interesting, and I have Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways for Sock Knitters book to work through as well. I have a half-ton of sock yarn and I’m not letting myself buy any more until I’ve used some up!

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