I started off making Cat Bordi’s Basic Sock pattern (2x2 ribbing from the cuff down through the instep) with US Size 2 needles in size Men’s Medium using Trekking XXL yarn (gauge is 28 stitches = 4 inches in circular stockinette), but a friend just came by and showed me this pattern, which I would much rather do right now: http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns2/socks/panda-wool-tumblks-sock.html
It uses the same number of cast on stitches (72) and the same 2x2 ribbing at the beginning, but Size 1 needles. Would it work to keep the needle size (2), and maybe reduce the needle size for the heels and toes (and use nylon reinforcement thread)?
I have only the ribbing done. Will the cuff (and the rest) be tight enough, or should I frog it and use Size 1 needles instead, as the pattern recommends?
They are for a female with Size 10 feet.
Do you think it would work? Opinions, please.