This Christmas was the first time I knit a pair of socks for someone else. It’s incredibly convenient my recipient and I have the same shoe size, but I’m not sure I’ll be knitting socks for anyone else anyway. Hats and scarves and even gloves are easy and ‘normal’ things to give but I think hand knit socks are a bit too niche even for most of my otherwise extremely knitworthy recipients – they require that extra bit of care and commitment (to not wash your laundry too hot and know they might not fit inside all your shoes, that is) that make me worry they’re slightly too fussy to give to most people.
I was planning on following a pattern because there are so, so many pretty ones that I want to try but in the end I decided to make something up myself… of course. I wasn’t getting great stitch definition with texture so I went for a simple bit of lace in a grid pattern, which is something I explored in a pullover earlier this year although I had to figure out a different stitch that would be flatter and more comfortable when worn inside a shoe. I actually tried a Fleegle heel for a change but it didn’t work well at all and I just didn’t have the time to keep experimenting, so I reverted to my trusty Fish Lips Kiss heel in the end.