I buckled down over the long (but not long enough) weekend and completed the socks. As you can see I did the heels and toes red thanks to Salpal‘s suggestion. It makes them something special I think.
The pattern is Afterthought Everything by Erica Kempf Broughton. The yarn is Cascade Heritage in gray and red. The pattern was one of those patterns I see and immediately think I have to try that-it’s just so crazy! Basically you knit a long tube starting with the cuff, leg and foot of one sock and continue right into the foot, leg and cuff of the second adding waste yarn at the appropriate points. I knit the 64 stitch size since that is normally my preferred sock size. I also did a 7 inch leg not the 5 inch called for in the pattern. I like a longer leg.
The pattern is well written though the instructions are for a stockinette sock not the ribbed sock shown in the pattern photograph. I could have knit ribbed socks but I went with the written pattern. I did my own thing when it came to the heels and toes. I’ve knit enough socks to know what to do so for the most part the pattern was just a jumping off point for me.
The yarn, which I’ve used many times, is nice. It’s sturdy and a bit stretchy which is fine. Unfortunately the socks ended up a tad bigger than I would normally knit. I don’t know why since it was my usual number of stitches on my usual needles. Maybe I was just extra relaxed knitting them.
Picking up the stitches for the toes and heels was fine though a little daunting before I got going. My brain was formulating a rather negative blog post as I picked up the stitches questioning my sanity and why anyone would want to deal with all those loose stitches. But in the end everything turned out fine.
This is the second of three projects for Loopy Academy Grad School. The requirement for this was to knit socks with afterthought heels.
*After I finished writing this post I realized the theme for this pattern and these socks is fine. That being said, I probably won’t knit socks again this way and I’m fine with that.