Well, that didn’t work.
At least this time rather than waiting until I cast off to try my Fright Night socks on, I tried them on as I went. And yup, they are too tight again. This attempt was on needles up 1 size from what I used for the rest of the sock, and just generally trying to keep the yarn looser. The problem this time is mostly how tight I kept the yarn between the front and back halves.
So. One last try. This time I am switching to double points and will do the colorwork part one at a time, still using the larger size needles. But not today. For today these adorable but frustrating socks are going in to time out. Maybe tomorrow.
Have you ever had a project that just kept going wrong, but you just kept trying to get it to go right?