I finished my first Pomatomus sock. Do your feet look like this?
I thought not. Mine neither. I really don’t understand taking a beautiful pattern like this one and finishing it off with toes that just don’t make sense. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe it’s just my Birkenstock feet (or Loint’s feet) but my toes don’t point. Definitely not in the middle.
After asking around on Ravelry, and reading a little bit, I decided to create my own personal toe pattern. Here’s what I did.
First, I put on the sock and measured the gauge on the under side where it is just st. stitch. I had 8 stitches and 11 rows to the inch. Then I went to this site that creates graph paper for you to whatever gauge you have. It’s really handy! Then I marked out the number of stitches I had on half the sock (32) and the number of rows that would take me to the top of the toe (25). I still figured that the overall length was right, just the shape was wrong. Then I put the paper on the floor and put my foot down, lining up the base line with where the toe part of the sock starts. I drew a line more or less around my toes. Here’s what I had at that point:
Then I charted it out into something you could knit. I was careful to have it make sense, like not having 3 rows between decreases, then 2, then 3. I made it the standard “decrease every 2 rows, then every 1 row” kind of thing. Here’s what that looks like:
I couldn’t wait to knit it up and see how it fit! I did just that this afternoon and wow am I happy I did this. The socks fit perfectly now and are anatomically correct for ME. I’ll have left and right specific socks in the end. When I knit the second sock I just have to reverse this shaping. Is the photo above good enough that you can use it too? If so, feel free! If not, let me know and I’ll make a bigger version online. Here’s the final result: