My Socktober Socks are done! And only a day late.
Pattern: Knitty's Straight Laced Socks
Yarn: Knit Pick Sock Garden in Star Gazer Lily
Needles: Two Addi Turbo size 0 Circular Needles
Modifications: My gauge in this yarn on size 0 needles was considerably different from the pattern so I ended up casting on 84 stitches. I fudged the heel and gusset, knitting 12 stitches in the middle of the heel and picking up a bunch of stitches for the gusset (sorry, I can't remember the actual number). On the toe bind off I bound off four stitches every round instead of every other round. I performed the three needle bind off when I had eight stitches left.
Review: I love love LOVE these socks. I've never made myself a pair of hand knit socks, and now I'm wondering why. They are so soft and comfortable. This pattern was easily adaptable and perfect for repetitious mindless knitting.
Turning the heel was my favorite part.
It was like knitting magic. I may abandon toe-up socks forever. The heel gusset is so much easier to pull on than a short row heel.
My complaints. No matter how careful you are, no matter how you start the yarn at exactly the same pattern repetition, you can never get your striped socks to match up exactly. Mine were great until the heel turn, then they got off by half a round. I tried so hard, identical socks are just a myth. My other complaint? Horizontal stripes really do make you look wider. My feet looks so wide and round, like cartoon feet.
But when you're this comfortable, who cares?