Finished! I’m so glad to be done with these socks but even happier that they can finally go on my boyfriend’s feet (just in time for the weather to warm up…). These are the Basic Ribbed Socks from The Ultimate Sock Book. I came to this pattern for it’s simplicity and handy stretchiness after a number of false starts with this yarn. Gauge has not been my friend lately, but hopefully things will be turning around soon.
The pattern is nice and straightforward – a top-down construction with a heel flap, and the ribbing all the way down makes fitting a little easier. If you’re knitting socks for someone and worried about the fit, these might be a good choice.
I knit the foot a little longer than called for, and then stopped decreasing a little earlier than called for, to give a shorter and squarer toe (32 stitches for grafting, instead of 20). They’re a bit big on me as you can tell from the picture, but sock models can be hard to wrangle on short notice. And yes, they are two different colorways! I really like the mismatching. I like the blue-green one, though I think the reddish one turned out better in the picture. The yarn was nice to work with, and should be pretty sturdy. It’s two different kinds of Regia sock yarn. You can see the details for all that on my Ravelry page.
These socks have been a long time coming – I think I told my boyfriend I’d make him another pair (after the first one sprouted holes) about two years ago. I’m going to work a little harder at follow through on gift knitting this year, as I mentioned in my New year’s post. Not so much because I feel I have to knit things for people, but because it’s fun and feels good.
I’m spending some time this afternoon picking out my next projects and might take a break with a little bit of tatting. Hooray for casting on!