(With apologies to Madeline Kahn!)
I can't believe it took me well over 50 pairs of socks to discover the secret to the perfect pair of socks for my feet!
I finally experimented with toe-up socks that have a heel flap/gusset. (The short row heels I had been doing never fit me right, no matter how I fiddled with the number of stitches.)
They fit me so well, I even convinced my husband to try on the pair that were too long for me. He hasn't taken them off since!!
Without further adieu, here they are . . . .
The pair in the middle are mine. They were knit from Regia and are fondly called my "Monet Socks" simply because the colorway reminds me of a Monet painting. The others are socks knit for my DH using yarn from Knit Picks. He's been wearing the pair on the left so much that I decided to knit him another before he wears through the first pair.
I LOVE this method first, because they fit the best. Second, because knitting them toe-up allows me to knit until I run out of yarn, meaning the leg/cuff are longer than my other pairs. (I always got nervous that I *might* run out of yarn, so kept them shorter and then ended up with lots left over.)