I’ve been in a sock mood these past few weeks, and I have finally finished up a pair. The pattern for these is Jo Torr’s Vanilla Sock with Gusset and Choice of Heel Ravelry link. The yarn is Third Vault Yarns in Librarian Sock blend which is 75% BFL 25% nylon.
What I really like about this pattern is it explains how to make a custom-fit sock, as well as explaining why the pattern asks you to do certain things. I’ve been knitting for over a decade but I’m still very reluctant to go off pattern in any way and I don’t always know why I’m doing the things I am, I just follow the pattern and hope it works out. So the little asides about measuring and working out the calculations for a perfect fit, why the heel flap increases work, and the benefits of different heel stitches were very welcome.
The pattern itself is very straightforward and adaptable. They’re toe up using Judy’s magic cast on. I used the heel stitch pattern for the heel, but I think I prefer Eye of Partridge as a stitch. I love the lack of tiny holes I tend to get at the heel of cuff-down socks. I cast off using Jenny’s Stretchy Bind-off which inserts a yarn over between cast off stitches to give it some extra stretch. I haven’t used it before and I think this has revolutionised my cast off! It’s great for getting socks over heels.
These socks are fantastic! I’ve never knitted a pair that fit this well before. I’ve already cast on a pair for my partner!
5 thoughts on “Finished Object: Vanilla Socks”
You’ve really tempted me with this pattern, I’d like to try a toe up sock as I’ve only done the opposite. I used Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off on my latest jumper and was very happy with the look on the ribbing so good to know it’s worked well on your socks. The yarn is pretty.
Oh that’s funny I just went to add the pattern to my library and it’s already there and number 18 on my queue lol
I was really pleased with the result and it didn’t leave the cuff with a weirdly fluted edge which I find happens with some bind offs.
They look like they fit you perfectly and oof! I LOVE the yarn you used for them too. Nicely done!
Thanks! These are definitely a perfect fit!