The Legolas Socks by Claire Ellen remains my primary WIP. It is definitely an advanced pattern. The heel flap is worked flat (of course), but the legend for the chart does not provide wrong side instructions. It assumes that for the wrong side of “knit through the back loop” you know to “purl through the back loop,” which fortunately I was able to work out, but others may stumble on that. The cables are all on the right side, so that’s nice.
I only ended up picking up 10 sts on each side of the heel flap for the gusset, so it’ll be a short gusset. That’s fine with me because I prefer a shorter gusset – the longer ones tend to be baggy around the instep.
I also switched from a #1.5 needle to #0 needle for the heel turn and gusset because my foot is substantially skinnier than the leg ever since I had surgery to fix my bunions. It’s been years, but I’ve only recently been modifying sock patterns to account for that, lol. My foot length is a little long though, having a shoe size 9. Luckily most patterns don’t have a prescribed length for the foot. I haven’t read ahead to see if this one does. I probably should.
I know, I know, you’re supposed to read the whole pattern before starting, but this pattern is complex enough that I’m not sure I’d be able to visualize it well enough without actually doing the knitting. I’m not great at that anyway.
I haven’t gotten as far on the sock as I expected because I fell down an Ancestry rabbit hole. My mom is planning a Scotland trip in a few years and asked me to look into our Scottish ancestry. I found some fancy pants ancestors that eventually traced back to Robert the Bruce! There are a few estates and castles that were in the family for mom to visit while she’s there. It seems we lost most of our wealth sometime after the battle of Culloden at which point the family fled to Ireland and a couple generations after immigrated to America.
Anyway, here’s how far I’ve gotten on the sock.