These socks, that is.
Toe-up socks with gusset increases done on the bottom of the foot, knit in Numma Numma Toasty sock yarn in the “Georgia Peach” colorway.
There were a lot of questions about these socks when I was posting the “in progress” pix of the first one last week. The most popular question — how the heel feels when you walk on it. Well, it feels like any other sock knitted in fingering weight yarn with stockinette stitch on the bottom of the foot.
I’m assuming that those of you who asked were wondering if you could feel the increases on the bottom of the foot. You can’t. Well, I can’t. If I run my finger over the inside of the heel, I cannot differentiate between the purl bumps and the increases. I do my gusset increases by knitting in the front and back of a stitch, and I do it very firmly.
A number of you asked if this was a Cat Bordhi pattern. It’s not, it’s just a little variation I winkled together myself. Really, it’s not rocket science — it’s exactly the same as the gusset and heel on my toe-up slipstitch heel pattern except that I moved the gusset increases to the bottom of the foot in a vee.
I did look through Cat Bordhi’s new sock book after reading that question. She does have a pattern that has the increases on the bottom of the foot, but from looking at the picture, hers seem to start much sooner than mine do and are accomplished more gradually. This may just be an optical illusion in the photo, because I didn’t check the pattern to see how her gusset was done. The truth is that while I think her ideas are extraordinarily clever and creative, I find the book to be difficult to read. It appears that you have to flip back and forth to different sections for different parts of the sock, and everything seems to be letter coded. I’m far too lazy to go to all that trouble to knit a sock.
So there is my sock experiment. The socks fit me very nicely, I don’t feel anything untoward on the bottom of the foot, and I rather like the way they look.
In other news, Lucy is practicing to be a puzzle.