Practically all of them are for myself, and the vast majority are worsted-weight boot socks. The benefits to wearing boot socks in boots are immesurable and discussed at length on lots of hiking and outdoors sites and blogs. (So is the opinion that boot socks suck... but all of them are wrong ;) While I started off wearing store-bought socks, they were expensive and rarely fit right, so I started knitting my own.
After the next half-dozen pairs, I started to really get the hang of it. The sizes allowed for in the book patter weren't nearly enough to suit me so I kept increasing the number of stitches I cast on. I played with the details of the heel-turn reductions to get something that fit my narrow little heels properly without giving up the overall width the rest of my foot needed. While some of the basics methods of the original pattern remained, I'd pretty well dialed in the modifications that made the sock work for me.
Then, just this week, I started teaching a sock-knitting workshop with my local knitting club and I realized that, while I might have the pattern so down in my mind I hardly realize when I've gone from doing ribbing on the cuff to reducing the gusset, that wasn't the best approach for teaching others how to do it. So, I wrote it all down.
I've just put up on my ravelry page (linked below) my sock pattern. It's not in pretty colors nor does it come with pictures of cute feet wearing perfectly knit, previously un-worn socks. What it does have is a reasonably detailed description of how I make the socks that I love, with some hints and suggestions for how to make the pattern work for you.
The Lantern Moon rosewood needles I use to knit my socks are amazing and well worth the bucks you'll drop on them. A full review of them will be forthcoming, but check them out. For my yarn I tend to use whatever workhorse, 100% wool worsted-weight I've got to hand, but that often is Homespun from Bemidgi Woolen Mills. It's not fancy, but it is a good, solid, basic yarn that I have depended on for many-a-project. Again, a deeper review on it will come out shortly.
Regardless of what you choose, the pattern I use is meant for US#5-6 needles on a good worsted-weight yarn. If you haven;t ever tried socks before, this might be a good time to give it a shot. And if you decide you don't like some aspect or another of it, feel free to change it! In that case, though, do me a favor and drop me a note on Ravelry. I'd love to see what you're doing with it!
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