I’ve made a lot of socks since I started knitting. Like, a LOT – Ravelry tells me I’ve made 144 pairs. The first ones were kind of big and saggy, but now I made socks that fit very well. The trickiest part is getting the foot length right.
If I’m making a sock for someone besides myself, I measure their foot length by having them stand on a piece of paper and marking the toe tip (pencil held vertically) and heel (pencil angled in, where the heel turn will be):
This is Boy 1’s foot. It measures 9 5/8” today. I will make the sock 9 3/4” to give him a bit of grow room.
Then I measure my foot. Mine is 9 1/8”, a full half inch shorter than his. Noted.
After I’ve worked the gusset decreases and knit the straight cylinder part of the foot for a while, I try it on to check. I measure the distance from the sock edge to the tip of my toe, averaging the measurement from the top and bottom of my foot (they are never the same!). Then I measure my gauge on this sock in rows per inch, and figure out how many rows I have left to work from where I am until I want to close the toe.
The only other piece of information I need is the number of rows for the toe decrease. Lately I have been fond of using the rounded toe. If you start with 64 stitches, it goes like this:
*K2tog K6* for one round
knit 6 rounds
*K2tog K5* for one round
knit 5 rounds
etc until the last round is *K2tog*
It is time to put the toe on this sock!
I like this method a lot because it only requires the recipient to be measured once. By comparing the recipient’s foot to my own, I can use my own foot to determine when to start the toe decrease. I like measuring that with the sock ON A FOOT, because the fabric is stretching some, just as it will when one wears it. If you measured it laying flat on a table, you would get a different length.
After I figure this out for sock #1, I count the number of straight rounds between the gusset decreases and the toe decreases. I note this on my pattern so I don’t have to measure anything on sock #2.
On a side note, I have been getting so many oooos and ahhhhhs about this cheerful yarn. It is Poste Yarn, Striping, a lovely house yarn from Simply Socks Yarn Company. Her colorways come and go, so if you don’t see your favorite right now it might come back later. This colorway is “Danxia Landform” and I don’t see it in the shop right now. This year Allison has a number of special holiday colorways. I am especially fond of Jollyville (currently out of stock), and Festival of Lights is pretty lovely, too. And J’adore. But – I don’t need any more sock yarn…….do I?