Evil Genius Socks

Since June I have been struggling to find a pattern or formula to make what I consider a sock that fits and will nicely adjust to needle size and yarn thicknesses. Thanks Ken in Main for all your help and the suggestion to use Yarmando's Evil Sock Genius lessons. He just makes a sock make sense for me. I especially like that once the heel is turned there is no annoying hole with which to contend, which seems to be a common struggle among novice sock knitters like me.

I was very flattered when I gave these socks to my brothers to try on and they both requested a pair. Now I know what to get them for Christmas. I better start soon!

I used Knit Picks Stroll Tweed Sock Yarn which comprises 65% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Donegal. I used 2.5mm Addi Turbo Rockets circulars.



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Thunderhorse54's picture

Nice work sir.


CLABBERS's picture

Thanks, Terry.

cacunn's picture

Very nice socks.

Some information I have found useful for adjusting socks to actual foot size, yarn, needle and gauge are

Queen Kahuna's sock measurements

And sock calculators from The Knitting Fiend.
Sock-u-lator II
Sock-u-lator II

I also like the concept of the Fish Lips Kiss Heel (not just about heels but a different look at how to knit socks.

Fish Lips Kiss Heel

The Fish Lips Kiss Heel cost $1.00 US but I think it is worth this high cost.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks for the information, Criss. I'll check into those soon.


KenInMaine's picture

Those look great and very comfy! Glad to hear that you enjoyed Yarmando's formula as well. I'm working my way up the legs of a pair right now. I hope to have them finished in the next few days.

CLABBERS's picture

Well, I have you to thank for it. I am anxious to start modifying things a bit by adding cables and a few other things I want to try.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Quite nice looking socks. And having them as a gift option is always nice...even though I seldom give mine away anymore.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

CLABBERS's picture

Thanks Joe. I was really quite flattered that my brothers want a pair. It will make a more affordable Christmas present and I will enjoy it.

kiwiknitter's picture

The knitting wool you used reminded me of what I used on my very first pair of socks. That brought back a lot of memories! Thanks for sharing the photos. It's always nice when someone likes your socks so much that they want a pair, too. I guess you know what you'll be doing in your spare time until Christmas!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

CLABBERS's picture

I would love to start the socks now, but I am in the middle of moving and my stuff hasn't arrived yet. It is in transit from Chicago to Central Florida. I have the perfect wool in one of the boxes for both of my brothers' socks. Guess what I'll be unpacking first! LOL

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

It only makes sense...not only because you can begin the gifts but so you have a reward/distress mechanism in place while you are setting up the new household and unpacking everything else.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

chicquette's picture

Amazing, as usual. Your work is so even and professional looking, Mark. From someone who only knows how to back and forth and back and forth on straight needles, I'm impressed.


CLABBERS's picture

Thank you, Lou. I appreciate your kind words of praise.