Before I start the post about the length of socks, I was responding to a comment earlier this morning and while writing to her, remembered something I had totally forgotten. When I first learned to make socks, I’m betting I ripped out that first sock a dozen times. I would get so frustrated and put it down and say “I have to walk away for a while”. I dislike doing ribbing even now. I didn’t know how to rip out and then pick up stitches so if I messed up, I had to rip the whole thing out and start over. I wish I knew how many times I messed up that heel flap and had to rip all the way back to the beginning! I had forgotten that Vince said to me “Why don’t you just give up?” He’s never said that to me before about anything but that tells you how frustrated I was. So, for those of you who have experienced the frustration .. you see where I am now! I can almost knit socks while sleeping. Don’t give up! You can do it!!
OK . . back to the regularly scheduled program — the length of socks. I was asked yesterday how the leg length of my socks compares to the leg length of storebought socks.
It’s a bit different if you’re knitting a pattern because you probably (or . . maybe not) want to make whole patterns so you might need to make your sock a certain number of rows.
It’s been years since I bought socks so here’s a storebought sock, that’s obviously about to wear a hole in the foot, on top of a recently knitted sock.
Obviously, the knitted sock is a bit wider and a bit taller than the storebought sock. I love that the hand knitted socks are not tight on my foot. You can see that the ribbing at the top is tight enough to keep them from falling down.
I knit my legs from the top of the ribbing to where I start the heel flap 7″. I like that length, plus, that’s the length of my knitting needle so I don’t have to keep a measuring stick with me.
Since I knit the leg 7″ and the heel flap about 2-1/2″, the total length there is about 9-1/2″.
And when I’m knitting, I don’t get real worried if one sock is 1/2″ (or more) longer than the other one. I try to make it perfect but often, it isn’t.
From the heel to where I begin shaping the toe is also 7″ . . which is the length of the knitting needle so again, there’s no need for a measuring stick. That would be something else to have to keep up with! These measurements won’t work for everyone but they’re perfect for my foot. You can make the leg/foot as long or as wide as needed for your own measurements. Just be aware that you may need an additional skein of yarn if you’re making them much longer/wider than the pattern states. I have never run short of yarn and I buy skeins that are at least 350 yards.
And then . . when I wear them — it’s heaven for my feet! If you ever get used to wearing hand knitted socks, especially if you like the feel of the soft wool/cashmere/nylon blends, you’ll never want to go back to regular storebought socks again. I’m sure there are socks you can buy that feel and fit as nicely as my hand knitted socks but I doubt they fit my budget! These socks are not tight, they’re not loose . . they’re just right!