(still not Dave)
Dave's Stockings are finally done. Both of them! The person at hand with the closest measurements to Dave's still has larger feet and smaller calves than his---one foot significantly larger (notice the height difference of the socks as modeled). But I had the opportunity to visit Dave a few months ago and I'm sure they'll fit him well.
The cuffs are different colors because I started knitting both of them at the same time. I don't remember my gauge (I started these literally ages ago), but I knit them on size 000 needles and there were 93 stitches at the ankle. Starting at the knee two at a time, while a nice thought, was not actually a good idea. The cuffs will hide under Dave's breeches.
But it's the heel and toe I wanted to discuss today. I stuffed the sock with a skein of yarn for shape. We have here an example of the French heel, said to be particularly good for a high instep. Why? The gusset decreases come every 3 rows instead of every 2, resulting in a longer gusset and correspondingly longer arch.
The French toe (above) is wider than the standard toe because the decreases are made 6 stitches at a time instead of 4 every 2 rows. Using the grade school formula for slope, rise over run (or rows over stitches), we get a slope of 2/4 (reducing to 1/2) for the standard toe and 4/6 (or 2/3) for the French toe.
The red lines on the graph at left represent the standard toe slope of 1/2 (and corresponding -1/2). Notice how for every four squares the line moves horizontally, it moves upward two squares.
The blue lines represent the French toe slope of 2/3. Note that you'll want to start this toe later than the standard toe since it will end sooner.
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