[quote=KatzKnitter;1315223]Roughly how much Paton sock yarn do you think I would need for knee socks for small feet (6 1/2)? The Spearmint looks good, because most of my clothing is green or blue. I'll be following Silver's Sock tutorial.
I wouldn't start with knee socks. I've made several pair from handspun wool, and gave up because I just couldn't get them to stay up very well. I haven't tried the Paton yarn.
I tried this pattern with a cuff from knitty.com http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTtoirneach.html
(kilt hose) and made elastic garters that the cuff hid, which worked OK. Another suggestion I haven't tried yet is to make regular height socks and then make coordinating ribbed tubes that will overlap the sock tops and reach as high up as you want. This would have the advantage of using good sock yarn for the foot and cheaper stuff for the legging.
I, too, used to wear commercial knee socks all the time, but gave up trying to find them in anything other than little girl sizes. It was easier to buy longer skirts to cover the tops of my shorter hand-knit socks! I hope you have fun experimenting; I've found socks to be addictive.