These socks are not perfect, but that's mostly because they are made from 100% cotton yarn and the cotton yarn was a bear to knit. But cotton yarn is a nice cheap way to make a sample pair of socks (these would fit a small child). I really love making socks two at a time with magic loop. I love being able to finish both socks at the same time. So clever and casting the toes on first and getting that section grafted in the beginning is awesome.
These are my second pair of sample socks. I made a pair of these a few years ago when I first bought my "Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks" book by Melissa Morgan Oakes. The instructions in the book were great. Easy to understand with lots of information on how to do increases, short rows, and knitting wrapped stitches.
When I made these socks the first time, a few years ago I wasn't ready to commit to making a real pair of socks I could wear. I'm ready to try my hand at real socks now.
Here are the socks right before I cast off.
Here they are with the ends woven in and the some of the major ladders stitched up. I put the yellow sock on top because the heel on that sock came out better than the orange sock. I lost my train of thought on the orange sock and didn't pick up my wraps on the orange sock and I'm surprised there aren't great big holes in the heel. You can still see the wraps on the stitches in the heel cup of the orange sock. Sloppy.
These were really good practice. I'm going to make some notes about how many stitches I need to get good fit on a sock for myself and I'll be casting those on in a couple of weeks. I have some sewing and some other knitting to do in the meantime.