It’s just 1 of (hopefully) 2 but this sock deserves a post! Bespoke = an item custom-made to the [knitter’s] specification. In this case, to fit a rather school m’armsish leg.
So, being 4″s short of your actual calf circumference calls for some customization. I’ve done that before but never stopped mid-sock to dial back the excess stitches. You see, I have a thick calf with standard ankles. It’s not a total trunk of a leg. I also get carried away once a sock gets going.
I was def. heading towards another pair of fitted-then-baggy socks until Megster got a look-see at Knit Night. Of course the sheer width of a very pink sock is what caught her eye. Once it had her attention, she pointed out the clear baggy ankle danger. Thanks, Meg. I was being lazy it’s true.
Here’s what I did to get there — Cookie A’s pattern calls for 2.5 repeats of the leg pattern. I decided that decreases should happen over the heel but at the end of the 2nd pattern rounds. I had to chart the decreases out but basically they go both ends of the heel on alternate rounds. Taking out 8 stitches each side did the trick & by doing the next 13 rounds with that amount of stitches, it looks & feels right. The result is knit panels either side of 2 full pattern repeats that end at the heel. I also rejigged back down to 32 sts for the top of the foot.
Other lesson learned along the way: You will break a thin bamboo needle if you try on a top-down sock for fit. You will be lucky that it was just one.
I’ve been a little distracted since Thursday. Not only am I fighting ‘flu-like symptoms’ but Toby had his 2nd dental surgery in as many years that day. He’s doing fine in recovery here at home & thankfully is taking his meds (masked in cheese) like a pro. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the little guy. With just the 4 canines left not even DH is joking about him being ‘toothless’. They say it is a small breed problem. I don’t know. I’ve had dogs my whole life. Large & small breeds alike. Not one ever needed tooth-brushing, cleaning or extractions. Is it because of a smaller gene pool? One eroded by a hyper-zealous spay/neuter policy? We adopted Toby. He has no other sign of possible in-breeding. There’s no good answers. There are, however, vet bills.