I had to shrink the needles down to a size 3 to get a gauge that wouldn’t be swimming on my feet (even with the “small” size, which was really only 4 stitches less), and they still feel a bit loose. I still find it really odd that my shawls always come out at a smaller gauge and my socks are always larger than the pattern gauge.
I ribbed the top of the socks because I hated how the written cuff rolled down. I did 5 pattern repeats before going into the foot and I still have yarn left. I’m wondering if there’s enough to do matching fingerless gloves. Maybe if I take out the double decrease lace on either side and just do the mock cables?
The pattern itself was fairly easy to remember but challenging enough to not be boring. I did a honeycomb heelflap with a garter stitch edge, and basic toe decrease to 14 stitches before joining the edges with kitchener. I wish I had stopped the design a little earlier for some plain toe, but they don’t look half bad.