My commissioned knee high socks are finally complete!
I don't think I have ever spent this long knitting a pair of socks before (4 months!) I am super glad to have these guys off the needles.
I started out following the pattern Basic Knee High Toe up Socks by Leslie (Single Stitch) on Ravelry. For some reason I could not get this pattern to work for me! I started them twice following the instructions and they turned out too small both times;
Third time through I rounded the toe, increased the foot from 56 stitches to 64 per sock and used an afterthought heel.
Much happier results!
I also ended up working the leg portion for an extra two inches more than recommended in the pattern and switched to a smaller needle for the cuff ribbing. For picking up the heel stitches I used this awesome tutorial from The Chilly Dog for eliminating gaps in afterthought heels.
I used KnitPicks Stroll yarn in the colorway Forest Heather. I have used Stroll yarn for socks before and have been happy with the outcome. My only complaint is that they do tend to stretch out a bit because the yarn is so soft and doesn't have a lot of elasticity.
I am proud of my finished product and excited to send these socks off to their forever home. I might write up a pattern for these considering I made so many changes to the original pattern, plus I would really like to make these again and would like to have more than a trail of bread crumbs to follow.
I'll be back soon with more completed commissioned work, I've got a few projects that are tantalizingly close to the finish line (so much so that I've literally been dreaming about casting on new projects!)
Let me know what you think of my first pair of knee high socks!
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