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Bespoke Pink Sock

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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.

Author: iriegemini

Lara is originally from Jamaica, living in the Greater Toronto Area with N, and a cat, Melvin. She knits, spins, weaves, and is a chatterbox on all of the above. Lara's journey began as a young girl with her Grandmother's cross-stitch embroidery stash & blessing.

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