With four pairs of socks under my belt (or shoes?) I'm now mostly comfortable with the basic process. The one problem I’m having is that they have a tendency to sag a bit. I’ve been reading some blogs etc. about calf shaping, and I think want to give that a try for my next pair and see if it can improve things. I think it's clear that the socks just aren't wide enough at the top, so they're scooting down lower to a thinner part of my leg.
I also want to do a cable pattern. I’ve chosen the “Braided Cable with Garter Bead” on p. 69 of “Sensational Knitted Socks”.
According to my calculations, my leg is 10.5” around right below my calf. With 8 sts/in gauge and allowing for some negative ease, 77 stitches (or 7 pattern repeats) seems like a good target.
Moving up to mid-calf where I’d like the cuff to extend, it’s 14”. I thought if I did 105 stitches that will give 28 stitches to get rid of during the calf shaping, a nice multiple of 7.
The 5-stitch panel between the cables in the pattern is alternating P5 and P2,K1,P2. I could start out with 4 extra stitches in each panel (28 for the whole sock). Then the panels would look like this:
P2,K1,P2 …and now we can continue with the pattern as written.
Does this make any sense at all? Am I nuts for even trying to do this with anything but a nice simple rib? Do you have any other suggestions for accomplishing some calf shaping with this pattern?