Pattern | Interlocking Leaves by Kelly Porpiglia
Yarn | Cascade Yarns Heritage Solids & Quatro Colors in Anis/Lagoon
Needles | 2.5mm, 2.75mm (gusset and heel flap) and 2.25mm (cuff)
Finally the perfect fit!
After three projects, I finally found the right combination of cast-on stitches, needle size and gusset/heel flap styles to get a pair of socks that fits just right all over. This means 60 stitches, 2.5mm needles for the body, 2.75mm for the gusset & heel flap and 2.25mm for the cuff. I have grown to enjoy the feel and look of a heel flap, even in toe-up socks. Yes, I still knit a lot of my socks toe-up. I have yet to enjoy knitting cuff-down. Perhaps I can’t bring myself to try it out for fear of it not fitting or having to discover the magic combination all over again.
Pattern-wise, this was lovely to knit. The pattern pops out well with the lacework and “wrong” side parts. For a change, I made my socks longer than before. The leg section is about the same length as the foot section which gives it a nice overall appearance but I wouldn’t go any longer without adding increases for the calves. I might scout around for some elastic thread for the cuff just to make sure that it holds up nicely but otherwise, this pattern, especially the heel flap, is a definite keeper!
Initially, I had planned for this to be a travel project – to knit during those long hours on the plane, in transit but somehow I ended up finishing this way before I even saw any travelling time. Currently, I am working on another sock project but it seems that I might finish this before I reach the airport too! Ohdear! To counter this, I have two skeins of fingering weight alpaca yarn to turn into shawls but this is to keep me occupied while I’m house hunting back in Malaysia. I might end up getting a skein of sock-weight yarn from the local yarn shop tomorrow…just in case. I’d love to order online but one issue with that is 1) I don’t have anything to wind the yarn up into yarn cakes and 2) the timing is tight as I’d be leaving for Lyon next week.
Hm, we’ll see how this goes.
Ravelry info available here.