The quest of the sock4+
My quest for the perfect-fitting sock pattern may have come to an end, quite by accident. After previously following two generic sock patterns, I had a go at Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock by Jasmin Canty.
What’s good about this pattern: It’s well written; it’s written for circular needles; it has variations included in the pattern.
What’s not so good about this pattern: It makes TINY socks.
I don’t know if my gauge was tighter than suggested, I didn’t measure so I can’t blame the pattern, but for my tastes, my gauge was right for socks with this yarn (the recommended Regia sock).
I unravelled and decided to make it up as I went along. I ended up with my best-fitting pair of socks so far. I ended up casting on 12 stitches more than the original pattern.
Here is the recipe (assumes familiarity with sock techniques):
- With 2.25mm needles, loosely CO 68 sts (next time I might CO 72 as the socks are a little tight)
- Work a ribbed cuff to desired length (about 1 1/2 inches).
- Work stocking stitch until total cuff measures 7 inches.
- Work heel extension on half the stitches, slipping alternate stitches on the knit side, until heel measures 2 1/4 inches (could go to 2 1/2 inches).
- Heel shaping: Start with ws row, work until 14 sts on needle, p2tog,p1, turn. Do the reverse on the knit sides and continue until edge stitches are reached
- Pick up and knit 19 sts along heel extension edge and M1 at corners.
- Decrease on alternate rows back to 68 sts.
- Start decreasing for toe 1 1/2 inches before the end, decrease 1 st fromthe end on each side on alternate rows until 14 sts.
- Kitchener ends together.
Now that I’ve cracked it, I see many more comfy socks on the horizon.
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