Fitting Against the Odds
Then in waltzes a sock pattern that specifies a set number of stitches you must work with (at least the first time through until you can make an educated guess about where you can and can't make adjustments). Did I swatch? No. I picked up my favourite sock knitting circular needles, and cast on for my standard toe, did the usual increases and stopped when I had the right number for the pattern. It worked!
Luck was with me and the sock fits perfectly, despite the fact that when measuring gauge after the fact, I found out I'm working a little tighter than the pattern suggests. I had to fudge a bit with the length to account for the tighter gauge and my foot being a little longer than the stated size 7-8. I added one more repeat of the little cable dealie running down the foot, but I kind of like the look of it better that way anyway.