Tennis Socks, Take 2

Socks 0803 - Tennis Socks

Take 2 on the tennis socks pattern. Trying out a few more variations on my original pattern.

Variation #1: I worked the short row heel on 60% of the stitches, instead of my normal 50%. I’m not sure how I like these. I didn’t take into account of how much deeper 60% would be and started the heel at my normal place. As you can see, the sock is a bit long and the heel a bit pointy. If I’m to do this again, I would want to start the heel about 0.25″ sooner, and perhaps stop earlier. (I normally leave 1/3 of the heel stitches unworked before increasing again. I may want to try 1/3 +2 stitches unworked.)

Variation #2: I divided the cuff by working the front over 60% of the stitches, and the back (heel portion) over 40% of the stitches. This is more like how the commercial tennis socks are made. I like this. Definitely a keeper.

Yarn: Regia Kaffe Fassett #4250
Needles:US #0 (2 mm)
Gauge: 8 spi
Pattern: Variation on my generic toe-up socks with figure 8 cast on; increased up to 72 sts; short row heel over 60%; front cuff over 60%, heel cuff over 40%; and sewn bind-off.