Men have big feet. Realizing that I have never knit anything for him, I promised by stepdad a pair of hand knit socks for his birthday. As I began knitting this pair, it dawned on me just how big those feet are... However, several months later (ironically, now that the weather is finally starting to warm up and wool socks aren't a necessity) his socks are finally done!
Made with Cascade Heritage in a classic navy blue, I knit these at 10 stitches and 13 rows per inch, top down, two at a time, magic loop on my 40" Chiaogoo Red Lace US size 0 circs. That is a LOT* of very small stitches, but my stepdad is indeed knitworthy.
Cast on 100 stitches using the incredibly awesome Tillybuddy's Very Stretchy Cast On, worked 2.5" of 1x1 ribbing followed by the cables from Cabled Spakenburg. Worked a Fleegle heel, then began my tapering decreases when I was 5" from the final foot length.
I find that the ball of the foot doesn't typically need the full stitch count's worth of fabric, so I work paired mirrored decreases one stitch in from the beginning (ssktbl) and end (k2tog) of both the instep and sole stitches. For this size, I worked a decrease round, then 8 rounds even, a second decrease round, 7 rounds even, a third decrease round, 6 rounds even, etc., until I was at the point of decreasing every other round. I continued the decreases every other round until I had 20 stitches left for each sock (10 instep & 10 sole stitches). I grafted the toes shut with kitchener stitch, washed, blocked on my DIY wire sock blockers to dry, and that is that. :)
More to come!
*My geeky side ran some numbers...assuming a tube with no heel or toe shaping in order to do the math easily in my head, I have 100 stitches per round and 13 rounds per inch. That's 1300 stitches per inch. Going with a total leg + foot length of 21", that is 27,300 stitches per sock - 54,600 stitches in all!