To cast on my toe up socks, I use Judy’s Magic Cast On method. I start with 14 sts on each side and then increase every other row on the second stitch in and the second to last stitch. I use a k1fb from my increase method.
I always use 60 sts on my socks for the best fit for my foot. However, I used a different needle this time after getting a new set of size 1 Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina’s (my favorite needles), but my gauge wasn't the same as my set of needles. Next time I'll cast on 64 with this brand/style needle. Otherwise, I LOVE my Platina’s because they are so smooth and pointy- but that's a tale for another blog post.
As for the heel, I use a short row method that I completely made up. Basically I knit short rows until 12 stitches remain and then I go back and forth picking up the wraps until I have a heel. I've never done a short row heel from a pattern so I can't really compare it to anything else available. I like the method because it gets the heel done quick and easy without having any additional finishing. I hate finishing. Also, I like how the yarn pools similarly with speckled yarn, though be aware you will get different pooling with a short row heel in a variegated yarn. For that, I recommend an afterthought heel (my second favorite).
And finally, for the cuff of my sock, I do a 2x2 ribbing. I prefer my socks to go right to the base of my calf, so I just want a decorative rib, not really a stretchy ribbing.
I’m not sure that this is my favorite method of knitting socks…for me sock knitting is a constant evolution of techniques. I like to play around and switch thing up the moment I hit mastery level on a particular technique. I’m also not crazy about patterns for socks, though I have about a million patterns saved. Socks are the one project I don’t have to think too much about and can drag along with me easily for all my adventures with the kids.
So there you have it, my Princess Bubblegum socks! I won’t be wearing these any time soon since they will have to remain a sample for a bit, but I’ll be enjoying them for a long time!
If you would like to knit yourself a pair of Princess Bubblegum Socks using my Signature Sock Yarn base, you can find it here: https://www.ontheround.com/collections/signature-sock/products/signature-sock-yarn-princess-bubblegum
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