Pattern: Short-Row Toe and Heel Basic Socks by Wendy Johnson from Socks from the Toe Up
Yarn: Schachenmayr nomotta Regia plus Cotton
Needles: US 1 and US 0 DPN
If there is anyone I want to knit socks for (besides myself), it’s my boyfriend. He is a Type 1 diabetic, and I figure that hand knit socks that fit him well and aren’t tight will be better for his feet in the long run than store-bought socks would be. Unfortunately for me as a knitter, my boyfriend is very set in his ways. He generally only wears white athletic socks. I bought him some black athletic socks, which he also will wear, but usually not until he’s out of clean white socks. The only time he wears anything other than athletic socks is when he has to dress up or when he’s also out of black athletic socks.
The first pair of socks I made for him were really boring to knit. They were plain white cuff down socks in stockinette stitch. Their saving grace was that I could knit them without thought, quickly, even when consuming alcohol.
Since then I’ve been trying to get him to branch out sock-wise. When he goes yarn shopping with me, I always drag him into the sock yarn section, showing him all of the beautiful selections. He sees a few colorways he likes, but is wary to allow me to make socks in those colorways because he is unsure of how they will knit up. In theory the colors are fine, depending on how they flash or pool, he may not like them.
I agreed to make him another pair of plain socks, but these were better than the last ones. First, the yarn is more of a natural color instead of white, containing flecks of color. Second, they were my first toe-up socks, so that in and of itself made knitting them more interesting. It’s quite appropriate that I made my first ever pair of toe-up socks for him, since he bought me Socks from the Toe Up for my birthday.
And since this was the second pair of socks I made for him, I was able to take some lessons on board this time around. I usually knit socks on US 1 needles. The first pair fit him fine in the foot, but were loose around the leg. My boyfriend has skinny legs. So this time I went down to a US 0 for the leg, and did a 3×3 rib that I thought would hug his leg better. Sure enough, these had a much better fit on the leg.
As you can tell by the name of the pattern, I used the short row toe and short row heel. I liked how they turned out, but I don’t see myself using the short row toe often. The provisional cast on just seems to be too much of a pain in the butt when there are other cast ons I could use. However, I love the short row heel, and plan on using it again.
My next pair of toe-up socks will also be fairly plain socks, trying out a different cast on and different heel.