By the time I was grafting the toe, the sock stripes, once again perfectly matched up.. So only a small portion at the top of the ankle/instep don't match. Good enough.
I did a slightly different toe. One pretty common toe is K2, SSK, (knit instep) K2tog, K2, (repeat for sole side of the sock)—For me and my side “seamed” (Beginning of Round) socks, that exactly what I do. (Sock knitters who work on DPN's start the process on Needle (last) knit to BoR, and work the decreases at the end of Needle 1--(then repeat on instep side of the sock))
This creates a strong line of decreases.
It's one of the things I like about sock knitting—there are so many opportunities of small, detail changes.
There are the BIG choices (yarn, gauge, direction) and then a myriad of minor details to chose.
Starting with Cast on choices—Doesn't matter if you work toe up or cuff down—there are lots of cast ons to chose from. Top down has a few more choices—but only because Top down offers so many ways to create a cuff. The default choice is ribbing—and ribbing can be 1 X 1, or 2 X1, or 2 X 2,or... well there are lots of ribbing patterns that work (including twisted and 2 color corrugated ribbing) –but ribbing is just ONE of hundreds of choices.
The legs of the sock? Plain, or ribbed, or patterned, or lace, striped (not self striping stripes) beaded,embroidered, entralac or intarsia. (Have I covered all the options? )
Well you get the point.. every aspect of sock knitting from cast on to cast off, offers a set of choices
And a bonus—from back in the doldrums days a few weeks ago—another bottle sock (that brings me up to 4 of them) got knit. It's hardly counts--one of those things I can knock out in an evening--and put to use right away. This is bottle sock 4--enough I think. But I can always make more for gifts. (and I might).