Before I started knitting, I looked online and found that other knitters had problems with the size of the socks (primarily with them ending up being too small), which is what I suspected might be the case when I read the pattern. I also talked with Julia, who shared her experience with these socks, which proved very helpful (as usual). From her, I learned the importance of making the exact right size, because the stranding pattern needs to be just so- not to tight, not too loose- just right. Given all this accumulated knowledge, I decided to make some adjustments. I casted on the number of stitches suggested for the large size (48 sts) - even though I have smaller feet and ankles. I also used needles that were a size larger than called for (US2 [the size I've used in the past for Koigu] instead of US1). I followed Julia's lead and also added extra heel rows to accommodate my arch. So glad I did. ETA: I forgot to mention that I also modified the top of the sock. Instead of the roll-down cuff in the pattern, I chose to do a simple 1x1 rib. Also, I knit these socks on two sets of DPNs, more or less at the same time, a method I will use in the future. Later, SSS!
If you're looking for a good time, I would recommend knitting these socks. In a mind-bogglingly nutty colorway of Koigu. It's the perfect pattern for this yummy yarn. I loved watching all (all) the beautiful colors emerge, stitch by stitch.
* Does anyone besides Dis and I remember these little packets of colorful, mini-sized Chicklet gum?