They’re finally done!
Like a lot of guys, Lance is a little shy when it comes to wearing colours so it’s a pretty big deal that this sock which has not only a solid (Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) in colour 1510) for the cuffs/heels/toes but a variegated (See Jayne Knit Superwash Merino and Nylon Sock in Feral Child) for the main body! I really liked working with both of these yarns and look forward to working with them again. I’m almost sad I have some knitting obligations so I can’t just cast on another pair of vanilla socks for me with the other See Jayne Knit I have in my stash! Ah well, it’ll just be that much sweeter when I can get to them!
Lance is pretty particular about how he likes his socks so I’m going to write down my method here so I can find it when I’m casting on for his next pair of socks. I knit the toes on three double pointed needles, switching to four needles when the toe increases are completed. He has thick ankles, and does not like things tight around them so the leg is wider than the foot.
(Using contrast colour, knit in stocking stitch) – using Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On, cast on 16 sts on each needle (for 32 sts total)
Kfb on the first and second last stitch on each needle on every round until there are 24 sts on each needle (48 total).
Next, round 1 – kfb on the first and second last stitch on each needle, round 2 – knit around.
Repeat these two rounds until 36 stitches on each needle (72 total).
Knit three rounds even.
Switch to main colour and knit in stocking stitch for length of foot less 4 inches (for Lance this is just shy of 8 inches)
Round 1: kfb, knit until 38 sts remain, kfb, k until start of round
Round 2: k around
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until increased 16 sts on each side (32 increases, 104 sts total)
Turn the Heel:
set up – knit 21 stitches, then switch to contrast colour, the heel is worked on the 26 centre stitches and is knit flat until the leg.
Row 1 (RS) – k until 1 sole stitch remains, w&t
Row 2 (WS) – p until 1 sole stitch remains, w&t
Row 3 (RS) – k to last stitch on sole with no wrap, w&t
Row 4 (WS) – p to last stitch on sole with no wrap, w&t
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until 14 stitches left between the wrapped stitches, ending with a WS row
Pick up the Wraps:
Row 1 (RS) – k sole stitches picking up wraps and knit together with the stitch, the last stitch is knit together with the gusset stitch through the back loop, turn
Row 2 (WS) – slip 1 purlwise, p sole stitches, picking up wraps and purling together with the stitch, the last stitch is purled together with the gusset stitch through the back loop, turn.
Row 1 (RS) – slip 1 knitwise wyib, k across to 2nd last stitch, k together with gusset stitch through the back loop, turn
Row 2 (WS) – slip 1 purlwise wyif, purl to 2nd last stitch, p together with gusset, turn.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 82 stitches remain.
Change back to main colour and knit stocking stitch in the round until 5 inches from edge of heel.
Knit 1 round in contrast colour
Knit round in 1×1 rib for 1 inch.
Bind off using yo method.
Weave in ends, wash, bask in praise, etc.