Awhile ago, I started a pair of socks.

Knee socks in progress

Knee socks in progress

Actually, they’re the first pair I’ve ever made for myself. And I wanted them to both fit, and to be knee socks.

I like knee socks. When wearing pants,they often hike up when I sit down, and like to still have my leg covered. Recently I’m finding it harder to get knee socks in the stores or even online. So, I decided to make it myself. Many sock patterns either end just above the ankle, or seem to think calves are straight up and down. Results: they don’t fit.聽 Besides, after spending the time knitting a pair of socks, I’m not ready to have them sit in a drawer.

The problem is, I’ve had trouble finding a pattern that explains it all. I like the toe-up socks, because I can try one on as I knit, making adjustments as necessary. For a novice sock knitter, that’s important. And I have a high instep, so need to include that adjustment. Then I wanted a reinforced heel stitch, plus the adjustment for a calf diameter larger than my ankle. I also wanted a ribbed pattern because I felt it would hug my leg better, and make up for any minor miscalculations. 馃槈

Finally, I wanted a non-binding cast off. Casting off regularly results in a tight band, actually too tight to get over my calf. 馃檨

So, how many different knitting instructions and knitting patterns did I use for knitting socks?

  1. Starting with WendyKnit’s Sport Weight Toe-up Gusset Heel Sock free knitting instructions. My gauge was closer to this even though I used sock weight yarn.
  2. Using my own method to cast on the toe stitches. Why? Because the other methods I found just weren’t right. The stitches were to tight to knit, the method too complicated, or one even seemed like it would work better with three hands not two! :roll:
  3. Ribbing by using the free 1940s pattern for Spiral Bed Socks knitting instructions.
  4. Adjusting the gusset for a high foot arch with WendyKnit’s knitting instructions for a high instep.
  5. Knitting an old-fashioned reinforced heel with the stocking heel stitch knitting instructions.
  6. Adding stitches for the calf increase. Rather than using some complicated calculations I found online, I decided to try increasing two stitches every 7 rounds, which is when the repeat changes. My plan was to keep checking the fit and adjust as needed. It fits fine!
  7. Creating my own cast-off, which may or may not wear well. I’ll let you know. 馃槈

And the result, is:

Finished_sock_01

Finished sock made with 6 different knitting instructions

I opted not to make a separate cuff at the top. The ribbing seems to hold it fine for now. I’m happy with sock as is.

Now to finish the second one! 馃槅

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