Socks for The Boy (And His Man-Sized Feet)

He wanted black socks. I confess that I might have shuddered with dread. Then I remembered this gradient sock yarn that I had been hoarding for an eternity. He was cool with it, as long as the blue was tucked inside his shoes.

His feet are not boy feet anymore – and knitting socks for 11″ of foot is no joke. But the yarn was fun and watching the color gradually change from black to teal was entertaining enough to keep me going as I knit 2, purl 2 around and around and around…


No pattern was followed, here. I cast on 72 stitches, knit a 2×2 rib in the round for 7″, switched half of the stitches to plain knit for a smooth sole, and then, after a very long time, worked a standard toe, keeping the ribbing pattern to the end. Then, I went back and put in an afterthought heel.

This was my first experience making a true afterthought heel. I didn’t use a waste yarn, no, no, not me. I prefer to live on the edge. I followed these instructions here, cut my knitting and daringly tried a new technique. And I am glad that I did. Not only did the heel turn out amazing, but I enjoyed the challenge and the thrill. And I love being freed from the waste yarn method.

So, the black eternity socks became a pretty fun knit after all. And The Boy is pretty happy. He even makes sure to dry them flat when he does his laundry, that knit worthy son of mine.