I think I've finally figured this sock thing out! I just finished the a pair of socks that I didn't have to frog at any point during the process! I did learn a really useful tip about proportion. I often knit while commuting, and I can't easily measure the item during that time. Usually with socks, I'll try them to figure out when I need to start heel/toe, but I found an easier way.
The distance from the tip of my middle finger to the base of my palm is the same distance as from the toe to start of the heel (for toe up socks) or from the heel to the start of the toe (for top down sock.) I like short-ish socks (4"/10cm height), and my index finger is that same length. So I can just hold the sock up to my finger and compare the length to get a feel for how much more I have to knit.
Slytherin socks (knit for a friend who loves all things Hogwarts):
Yarn: Savvyminx Hand Dyed Yarns
in the Salazar colorway, superwash merino, one skein.
Needles: size 1 Addi Turbos, 40" length (for magic loop method)
Pattern: kind of a mish mash. One sock was knit toe up, using easy toe method and short row heels; the other was knit cuff down with long tail cast on, short row heel, and shaped toe (grafted shut using kitchener stitch). The leg is knit in K5,P3 rib and topped with a K1,P1 ribbing at the cuff.
I love this yarn. It is so soft and plush that I can hardly wait to make another pair of socks with it. Although my socks are short, there was enough yarn to make socks a few inches longer.
I don't think I'll mix the K5,P3 ribbing with K1,P1 ribbing again. The K5,P3 ribbing pulls in a lot, so the socks look pretty odd when they aren't being worn. Although the socks are very stretchy and functional, I just don't like how the two ribbing styles look next to each other. I'm also still trying to figure out how to prevent ladders from forming, which is the only thing I don't like about the Magic Loop method. I rearrange the stitches every few rows but ladders still form. I washed and blocked the socks, and the ladders don't seem quite so pronounced now, and I'm hoping that the yarn will settle in to a more even shape over time.
All I need to do is weave in the end and I can give the socks to my friend. We have the same size feet so if she doesn't like them, I'll be happy to wear them myself. :)
Here are some links to photoscomparing my hand to the sock's foot lengthme modeling the socks
Also, I'm trying to reduce my yarn stash. Read under the cut for more info
EDIT--all the yarn has found new homes.