My husband has long slender feet and slender ankles and calves. He loves and wears the socks I make him and I finally decided I had to find a way to get the best fit for him. He also needs cushy socks and so I determined I needed a DK weight or sport weight yarn pattern to get that extra cushiness and to make them go faster. I didn’t find much out there in the way of patterns and as I have made many socks, I decided to design a pattern myself.
I am a fan of Cat Bordhi’s socks and have her wonderful e-book “Cat’s Sweet Tomato Heel Socks” which I highly recommend. She has wonderful videos to compliment her e-book and I have made several of her patterns already. I decided that I would use her sweet tomato heel for my husband’s socks. But I am writing this pattern with a heel flap because I don’t want to step on her work or mislead anyone on how to do that wonderful adaptation.
I also use toe up construction almost exclusively now and knit two at a time magic loop. Very Pink Knits has a nice tutorial about Magic Loop. I find this the easiest way to get two socks the same and also get them done in a timely fashion. You can of course knit them singly and from the top down but I recommend you try it my way. I love having both socks be finished at once and look exactly the same. I will give hints and links to videos with help and I am always available for questions.
Feel free to try on the socks as you go to get the best fit. I made my husband try them a lot before I decided how and where to put the increases and decreases. If they don’t fit right, then they slip and aren’t as nice to wear. I did put the ribbing in the instep but sometimes he gets confused about which one is right and which one is left so I might leave that out of the next pair.