I have three current WIPs, but I will only talk about one as the others are my YOP Hemlock ring blanket and my poor neglected sock yarn blanket, which get their own posts. Instead today I want to share the socks of indecision, and maybe you can help me decide.
This is a truly terrible photo, but here they are:
The back story- I had nothing portable to knit, and 6 hours of sitting around at the weekend. So, aiming to be super organised I grabbed my Christmas sock yarn supplies, some needles and started a simple (but fairly boring) K3P2 rib sock for my Dad's Christmas present.
I had trouble deciding how many stitches to work over, but settled on 60. This will teach me not to make proper notes on the previous pairs! (can you see where this is heading?)
6 hours gets lot of sock done, in fact almost a whole sock when it is a simple pattern, see picture, it is obviously the one on the right.
I was feeling a little iffy about the sizing, since I had done a short row heel it looked a bit tight around the top of foot/front of heel bit. When I got home I tried it on a handy male foot of about the right size (a clean one I should add). The report from the wearer was that it fit fine, but to my mind the ribbing looked way too stretched out, to its maximum, which doesn't leave any potential for washing shrinkage.
Here are my options:
- Frog the whole thing, restart with a bigger stitch count (70 sts)
- Frog the whole thing, restart on bigger needles (3.5mm)
- Frog back to the start of the heel, work a heel flap
- Put a toe on it now, keep them for myself/gift them to a family member with smaller feet, buy more yarn and make bigger socks following the the changes in 1,2 and 3
As you can see I couldn't decide, but as I needed bus knitting yesterday I started the second sock anyway over 60sts, which would leave me free to do option 3 or 4.
I am leaning towards 4, I do hate to waste all that knitting, and I would get some boot socks. But it does mean spending my (limited) yarn budget on more boring brown 6 ply rather than heavenly pretty indie lovelies.
What do you think knitters of the interweb? Help me choose an option. And if you have any tips on sizing giant man socks I would be very grateful.