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FO: Shorties

Yarn: Koigu Wool Designs :: Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) [P 163-2] : 300yds/274m
Hook: Knit Picks Nickel Plated DPNs :: US2/2.75mm
Start: 30 July 2009
Finish: 22 August 2009
Made for: me
Pattern: Aquaphobia Socks [Knitfreak]

I was first introduced to and fell in love with the Aquaphobia Sock pattern as a member of my knitting group was knitting a pair for herself.  I have a genuine fondness for the look of the eye of partridge heel and these socks use that same slipped stitch pattern all over.  They’re like eye of partridge on overdrive!!

Speaking of eye of partridge heels:

Isn’t it lovely?

Anyway, like my knitting group counterpart who introduced me to this pattern, I wanted to make these into short socks – mostly because I didn’t want to pay for the extra skein of Koigu that I would have needed to make some standard sized socks for my large feet…  Also, mass produced short socks are my normal casual sock fare; so, why not knit myself a pair?

Chopping off most of the cuff wasn’t the only modification that I had to make to these socks, though.  I basically had to re-write the pattern to get a sock that would fit my foot, seeing as how the original pattern is only written for one size: a US Women’s size 7.  That simply wasn’t going to cut it for my US Men’s size 10 1/2 foot.  I increased the number of stitches overall, changed the heel based on the new stitch count, changed the side cables to twists (because I’m not confident of my cabling-without-a-cable-needle skills on the train) and modified the toe.  Overall, I’m very pleased with the results…

…; I especially love the curvy lines of the toe…

…and I guess I can chalk up the modifications to design practice.