Neptune high socks

These socks were supposed to be a Christmas present for Sarah last year. I didn’t get them done in time and we didn’t even exchange gifts until the middle of February. I completely underestimated the time it would take to make these beauties. Sarah is enviously tall. I shop in the “short” sizes for pants and she usually buys “tall.” As someone without very much height, I have always wished to be taller.

I didn’t realize that in addition to being able to reach all of the things high up and being able to sit in chairs or couches and have your feet touch the floor, tall people usually have larger feet. I have smaller hands, smaller feet, shorter arms, and shorter legs. That is excellent news for anyone who wants to knit for me. However, it didn’t click in my brain that knee-high socks for someone with longer feet and legs would take…longer. So, sorry about missing that deadline. (I got her something else instead, she didn’t have to wait 9 months to get her Christmas present.)

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The socks are AWESOME!! They are the Neptune High pattern by Glenna C. I remembered Sarah saying something about watching Veronica Mars so I thought this would be a good pattern to go with. Turns out she’s not that into the show but she does love her some argyle. I had my husband model them because the socks didn’t look as strange on his legs as they did on mine. He didn’t want to take them off. I had to promise to make him a pair.

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Pattern: Neptune High by GlennaC.  I continue to love her patterns!

Yarn: KnitPicks Palette in Navy and Finnley Heather.

Mods: The pattern includes the option for regular or knee-high socks. Glenna also has some really great tips about how to make the best fitting sock for your legs and feet. Math is involved but it’s worth it! I asked Sarah to take some measurements and they worked out really well.

Thoughts: I didn’t really understand how the line up the back was supposed to work exactly so I’m not totally happy with how they came out. Their are decreases in the leg (worked over the stitches in the back of the leg) so that the sock tapers with your leg. Working the decreases caused some strangeness with the colors in the back. I think it was my interpretation of the instructions that caused it. I imagine Sarah wearing these socks in winter with some tall boots so it’s not a big deal. (Also, there was no way I wasn’t going to give these suckers to her). The pattern itself was easy to remember and a good way for me to practice working with a color in each hand, something I hadn’t done before. Once I got into a groove it wasn’t that hard.

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