I usually have a pretty simple sock going that I work on while out and about. It is basically my standard Basic Top Down Socks on DPNs with some variation to add patterns to the legs for interest and/or various sizes. I use the pattern somewhat like a recipe, I change the ingredients on a whim.
|Using Knitpicks Hawthorne Multi in Happy Valley|
This sock has 64 stitches with a K2, P2 ribbing for 20 rows. I then did a 2 stitch cable repeat around which switches the ribbing to K1, *P2, K2,* P1. I’m sure it would of been equally effective to just change the ribbing directly to the P2, K2. Anyway, I worked the new repeat for 12 rows and then repeated the cable section in reverse to leave me with the original K2, P2 rib. the leg for this sock ended being about 7 inches.
|a close up of the cable section|
Usually I prefer to just carryon with the Slip Stitch Heelflap. I varied here as well, maintaining the K2, P2 ribbing. I did adjust the stitch orientation so that the flap began and ended with a K1. just so everything was centered.
I guess I was extra ambitious as I went with a Reverse Stockinette section in the gusset. After picking up all my stitches I counted off the 16 stitches for either side of the sole I intended to end with and placed markers. Working the entire decrease section in the reverse stockinette [using P2tog and P2togTBL decreases in place of the K2tog and SSK] the top of the foot in the K1, *P2, K2,* P1-ribbing and the sole in stockinette. It left a very pretty detail which I will repeat again.
|Gusset section worked in Reverse Stockinette|
I’m pleased with the sock overall and have already started the second sock. I never have had “Second Sock Syndrome.”