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Just finished a pair of socks for my husband.   They are the Java Socks pattern from the most current issue of Knitty.  They have a little two stitch cable all over them, which is good because it is more interesting to knit than just plain ribbing, but is bad because it still became kind of monotonous.  The pattern is special because the decreases that happen after the heel are done across the ankle instead of down the side of the heel.  The pattern is nicely written so that the decreases just become a part of the flow of the ribbing.  My husband says that these socks fit better in the ankle than any others that I have made for him. I think part of this is the construction, but I also think that having an all over rib helps because it gives the fabric a lot more stretch, thus making it fit better.  
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old man
3/27/2011 02:11:02 pm

These socks look great and the cable patten looks like it does enhance fit so I am not surprised that your husband likes them. I would suggest having the socks come a little higher on the calf for the ultimate fit.

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withmyneedles
3/27/2011 02:30:13 pm

I agree about the length old man. These socks were made to my husband's exact specifications, some of which, I fear are based on the first pair of socks I made for him, which tended to fall down. The shorter they are, the less they tend to fall down for sure. :)

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