I picked this pattern, I.B. Footsie by Heather Zoppetti, because I’d already knit a pair of her CSI Socks (Dawn Gnot) and loved them. And it would play nicely with a skein from my ever-growing SpaceCadet collection.
It did cross my mind to switch these to Upstream socks, but I didn’t want to reverse-engineer the stitch pattern, so I left it as-is. I even used DPNs as-written! My lone set of Signature DPNs, actually.
It took a little while for me to get the stitch pattern memorized, but once that happened, these socks zipped right along.
I even did the toes as-written, although I modified slightly to make the toe more rounded (decreased every round, not every other round for the last six rounds). Then I kitchnered.
The heel is almost as-written. I did make one mod, based on the strong recommendation of my friend Turtlegirl76. The double-gusset heel! She’s right (of course). It does cup your heel really nicely, and I like that it takes the gusset decreases out of play, leaving a nice clean transition from leg to foot. Need a better look?
OK, so it’s kind of difficult to take a picture of the sole of your own foot. Sue me. In all, this was a fun, quick knit. The calendar may not show that it was quick, but that was because I put it down for long stretches, primarily because I didn’t want to mess with DPNs outside of home. I am sure I’ll enjoy wearing this pair for many winters to come.
I.B. Footsie Socks
Pattern: I.B. Footsie by Heather Zoppetti
Yarn: SpaceCadet Creations Estelle
Color: Calm Before the Storm
Quantity: roughly 60% of the 430-yard skein
Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm) Signature DPNs
Started: 8 April 2012
Finished: 14 July 2012
Mods: Double-gusset heel, rounder toe than written.