These are an easy machine knitting project. I made them on my bulky machine using a free pattern available on Ravelry. I made a couple of test pairs - one for me and one for my husband. I used the numbers on the pattern for my pair and after felting it, guesstimated how many stitches and rows to add for a man's size. The length was right but the stitches don't shrink much in width. So I had to do some retrofitting by taking them in through the toe.
Then I figured the numbers for my gift recipients. 75% of them fit really well...
I improved on the pattern by incorporating techniques I learned from watching Diana Sullivan's video on sew-as-you-go socks. She is such a great resource!
|A better heel, pre-felting|
|They fit me!|
The other thing I changed was to raise the back heel. I started on four stitches and increased until I reached the target number for the half sock width. My first pair felt a little low at the back heel.
This felts down quite nicely. And the blue pair fits its recipient (and me) perfectly.
These slippers are really comfy and warm. I ground some silicone caulking into the soles to keep them from being quite so slippery.
I also made my son's girlfriend a pair of Jalie Vanessa pants in a stable knit. This print is pretty fun and they were much appreciated.
I made the usual pair of colourful PJs for my husband. I did not take a picture of them when finished but here they are in progress.
And... two pairs of last minute machine made socks for my parents. The first, second and fourth socks were easy and cooperative but I had to knit the cuff for the third three times and the heel twice. The machine insists on being in charge at all times. Clearly it wants me to use it more frequently.