My first pair of socks finally came off the needles the other day, and I love them. They are a little big on me, even though my gauge was spot-on at 8 stitches per inch. I can only guess that they are sized for a woman with a slightly larger foot than my 6 1/2 foot feet. Next time I knit these, I’ll switch to a size 0 set of needles. Actually, they fit my brother-in-law perfectly, and he is a size 8 1/2 men’s:
Although, there is something about the coziness of a slouchy sock, so I may be borrowing them from time to time. They would be perfect for wearing inside a pair of winter boots, or while lounging around in leggings and a t-shirt.
The pattern was very simple and straight-forward to follow – most of it is mindless stockinette, with the exception of the heel, gusset, and toe shaping. It was a standard 64 stitch sock, and the trickiest part of the whole thing was picking up the 16 heel-flap stitches without creating a gusset hole. They tell you to pick up an extra stitch in each corner to avoid the hole, but I picked up 2 and then just decreased the extra stitch on the next full stockinette round. It worked!
The only modification I made to the pattern was to decrease the ribbing at the top to 1″ instead of 2″ – the rest of the pattern was knit as written. It was definitely a fun experience watching the sock take shape; I can’t wait to knit another (striped!) pair with my new Palette and Imagination yarn from Knit Picks.
- Pattern: Super-Simple Sock Pattern by Allison Sarnoff (free knitting pattern!)
- Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Basalt Heather, 1.3 skeins
- Needles: Size US 2 dpns.
- Helpful Hints: For a smaller foot, I suggest going down a needle size or two.
Have a great weekend! ~J