This is maybe my favorite sock so far. There are lots of patterned socks out there but many of them are just a bit too feminine and I wanted something I could wear myself. The yarn is a mystery yarn; lots of the interesting yarns available here are export yarns by Turkish companies, which aren't normally sold here. The law says that when they're sold here, they aren't allowed to label them any more specifically than "[Brand name] Export". All I know is that it probably sells for a lot more outside Turkey than the $4 equivalent I paid here. :) The yarn looked a lot more uniformly green when I got it, but when it knit up, it fluffed a bit and the other colors became much more evident.

It's a cuff-down sock, and the pattern is also available for free on Ravelry, in two sizes. I wear an 11 1/2 shoe so I made the bigger pattern, with 2.5 mm needles, and it came out just a bit loose. If I do it again, I'll use 2mm for it, or make the smaller version with 2.5. As it was, I ended up shortening the toe, doing four rows with decreases on every row instead of putting plain rows in between, so keep that in mind if you plan to do it and wear anything less than a men's size 12!

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Stephen450's picture

Beautiful! I love knitting socks. Think these would adapt to a toe-up technique?

bobinthebul's picture

Don't know why not. The last bit of the toe is straight knitting, the decreases before that are in pattern. It's probably easier to follow an established pattern and then do decreases than create the pattern through increases, but it shouldn't be that hard with a little thought; I guess you'd just use the m1 and m1 purlwise as you established it. That section of the sock is just straight k2 p2 anyway; the windey stuff wouldn't start until you'd increased to the full number of stitches. As a matter of fact, unless you're particularly attached to your pattern lining up in a particular way with the beginning of the leg, it would actually be better as you wouldn't be bound to the pattern in dealing with sizing. Go for it!

BTW do you have a basic toe-up pattern you like? I find I like the concept of toe-ups, but I find the heel procedure a lot more tedious...

Tallguy's picture

The heel can be as tedious or simple as you make it. I have developed a method to do the gusset and the heel in such a way that it mimics the cuff-down heel, and is much simpler to do. In fact, take a look at Cat Bordhi's "New Pathways" book for some really inspiring ideas.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very Nice socks, Bob. That yarn is intriguing. I hope they wear as well as they look. If'll just have to make more. :-) As for toe up vs. top down...I've been tinkering with the thought of adapting one of my patterns for toe up. I guess the best advice I can give is like I tell my friends about heels and toes...experiment a lot and pick the one that best suits your needs. That's what I will do - should I ever decide to actually do a toe up. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Tom Hart's picture

Man, that is one good-looking pair of socks! I think I'm going to give it a try.

bobinthebul's picture

Go for it! Less patterning on the yarn seems to be better for the knit pattern to show up well. I guess that's not rocket science, is it? :) BTW the socks are not called "Nemesis" because they're particularly difficult; it's some other reference. The M1 Purlwise was a bit of a pain at first but I did find a way to make it easier.

bobinthebul's picture

Thanks for the nice comments! The yarn is 25 or 35% nylon so it should hold up well.

I guess what I don't like about the "standard" toe-up socks is that they involve gusset decreases as well as all the decreases when going back and forth building and attaching the heel. I like the result though. Maybe I just have to do it more and get used to it. Since I want to get into traditional Turkish stranded socks, I do need to get used to it! (They use both heel flap type and afterthought heels; each has its pluses and minuses.)