I have knit a lot of socks over the years. Mostly for me, but often for other folks. And I’ve pretty much done them the same for the last few years. Toe-up on tiny circs. Easy, mindless. Last year I tried a new toe, because it LOOKED nice. I did the seam free rounded toe for toe up socks by Lynne Ashton, a great free pattern on Ravelry. It looks great, and it’s a great construction. The only problem is that it totally doesn’t fit my foot at all, and it makes the sock baggy in my shoes. And that’s a bummer. I tried on an older pair of socks earlier this week, made with a traditional toe structure, and they fit perfectly. I am lucky that I have a pretty average shaped foot, but it’s probably a little narrow, because I’m kinda petite. Sort of a bummer. I know I’ll still wear those socks because the fit isn’t horrible, just not perfect.
At least I only have three pair of socks on the needles with these toes. :/ Two of three are for other folks, and hopefully they’ll fit them just fine. After these, I’m going back to my normal toes.
For my upcoming birthday, I have asked for some Addi Flexi Flip sock needles. They seem pretty cool, and although I can’t stand knitting on double points, these look like they may eradicate some of the challenges. I will also admit, I have shiny object syndrome about these things. Like I said, I don’t knit on DPN, but I’m going to try them anyway, despite the fact that I love my 9” circs and use them nearly exclusively. If I’m not using them, I use Magic Loop. I haven’t done a sock on DPN for a good 8 years. Really. I think were I not to get them as a gift, I probably wouldn’t be so into them. And it’s a way to get the man to buy me knitting stuff for my birthday, because he sure as heck isn’t going to buy me any yarn!