Finally, I have finished the socks I originally intended for FIL’s Christmas present.
The Vital Statistics:
Pattern: Hiiumaa Mismatched Mates, from Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush.
Yarn: Paton’s Patonyle 50g balls (from the Big Bag O’ Patonyle in my stash cupboard), colour 0068 grey, dyed teal (and some left natural for the contrast stripes).
Needles: 2.25mm Knitpicks classic fixed circular, magic loop method
Modifications: Knit over 80 stitches rather than 72, because my FIL has big, wide, ginormous feet, and a high instep, which brings me to my next mod: using a tip from the lovely Knightly Knitter, I worked the heel flap over 60% of the total stitches instead of the usual 50%. This little trick has served me well in the past for Tech Support’s socks (who inherited his feet from his father, and then bequeathed them unto Sasquatch). Rounding up the usual suspects, I used my standard Eye-of-Partridge heel flap, French/Half-Handkerchief heel turn, and Wedge toe.
So, that’s one pair of Father’s Day socks out of the way…