Stealth Argyles–A Finished Pair

I finished my version of Eunny Jang’s Stealth Argyles from Sock Knitting Master Class.

These socks were a lot of fun to knit–shadow knitting is really quite fascinating!
Here’s what I did differently from the instructions in the book:

  • I used Biggan Design 4 Ply Merino First Cross yarn (100% merino) in three colors.
  • I got gauge with size 2.75 mm Signature needles.
  • I started the heel after Row 31 of the second repeat of the charted pattern.
  • I worked Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’ yarnover short-row heel (described on page 20 and used for the Bulgarian Blooms on page 130 and Toe-Up Travelers on page 166), working the first half until there were 8 unpaired stitches in the center, instead of Eunny’s wrap-and-turn method.
  • I stopped the argyle pattern when I had worked three full 56-row repeats.
  • I finished with the tubular bind-off (described on page 121) instead of the decrease method (described on page 120) that Eunny used.
Unfortunately, the feet are more than an inch too long for the snug fit I like. They measure a whopping 10 3/4″ long from the back of the heel to the tip of the toe, which is appropriate for a U.S. woman’s size 10 shoe. I’ll either have to give them to someone with big feet or rip out to a shorter foot length (about 10 rounds shorter) and reknit the heels and legs. This is what I get for not trying on the socks in progress!