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!