Knitting Socks that Fit

Azurea Socks by Lorilee Beltman
To get more leg stitches to work with, Lorilee Beltman knits a longer-than-normal flap before completing the heel turn. This enables you to pick up more stitches at the gusset, ensuring that you have enough room in the leg.

I've invited Anne Merrow here today to talk about the new issue of Sockupied. It's so cool! There's a great article on knitting striped socks, and a wonderful exploration of knitting socks to fit your unique feet.

Here's Anne to tell you more:

In Pursuit of Sock Knitting

Sometimes knitting socks can make me feel like Goldilocks. If I'm spending the time to make a pair of hand knit socks—fun time with yarn, if course, but still time—then I want them to be just right. Whether they're for me or a lucky friend, they can't be too loose or too tight or too hard or too boring.

No single pair of socks is just right for everyone, so the Fall 2013 issue of Sockupied has something for every sock knitter.

There are two designs that are perfect for both men and women. Prefer to knit toe-up? There are four patterns for toe-up socks (but if you prefer to go the other way, there are two top-down patterns for you, too). There's colorwork, cables, and lace. This issue's featured designer, Anna Zilboorg, even invented her own free-sole construction method so that her perfectly fitting socks could last forever.

Socks for Curvy Legs
You can tweak the fit of a standard sock pattern, but some knitters find that a little extra fabric is necessary to fit ankles that are a little more ample than average. Some knitters have even asked me how to make "cankle" socks!

So when Lorilee Beltman asked whether we'd like to share her pattern for very stretchy socks, we jumped at the chance. Here are a few of her tips:

Go toe-up: If your socks will take up more yarn in the ankle, it can be hard to ration yarn. Knitting toe-up lets you use every yard and saves most if the yarn for the biggest part of the sock.

Make a generous gusset: Working a long flap for your sock lets you pick up plenty of stitches for the gusset and increase the stitch count for the leg. Make the ankle even more comfortable by decreasing every third row instead of every other row.

Rock Paper Scissors Socks by Rae Jean. This unisex pattern has three stitch
patterns to keep you going: banjo cable clocks run down the sides, textured
panels on the front and rear, and garter ribbing to tie it all together.

Choose a very stretchy bind-off: Lorilee uses Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off for her Azurea Socks to make sure that her stretchy socks aren't ruined by a tight cuff. You could choose a tubular, sewn, or other stretchy bind-off that you like. (This is great advice for any toe-up sock!)

Lorilee's Azurea Socks are super stretchy, so they fit ankles from average to ample. They weren't saggy on our models with slender ankles, either—so don't be afraid to try them out no matter your calf shape.

I hope you find your own perfect fit with this issue of Sockupied! Download your copy today!


P.S. How do you custom fit your socks? Leave a comment and share your tips!


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About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

7 thoughts on “Knitting Socks that Fit

  1. I LOVE toe up socks but have the worst time with the widdershin heel. Does this book show how to do a gusset/heel that isn’t rocket science? When I do top down, then I have a hole in the gusset/heel. Ugh, with 5 drawers of sock yarn, I need a better way of doing the gusset/heels.

  2. I purchased the new Sockupied ebook and downloaded it. It will only print out one page at a time. Can someone check into this and correct the pdf–or tell me what I am doing wrong. Thanks, Janet

  3. I’m very frustrated because most of the sock patterns have the heavy knitted heel for extra strength. I find that to feel very bulky when I wear them. In my life and my husbands there are never any holes in the heels. All our socks get holes on the bottom of the heel and the bottom of the foot where the bones rub I guess. So why aren’t there more sock patterns with short row heels and ways to strengthen the bottom of the foot?
    Thank you, Susan

  4. Loving Sockupied. Fall 2013. Every issue seems to address just the questions I have. The patterns are fantastic too. The color photos make it possible to see the details of the stitches.

    “Sweet Tomato heel” looks like it is going to adjust for high instep and ample ankles.

  5. Hi SharonF – I hope you see this, or have found how to prevent holes between the heel flap and gusset; I’ve just learnt this week from a sock knitting book. We have permission to pick up more than the required slipped stitches along the heel flap, yay! I find I need to collect another one or two stitches in that heel flap/gusset join. It will make the gusset decrease a couple of rounds longer until you get the correct stitch count for each needle/section, but that doesn’t affect the function of the sock. Just be mindful that when you do hit the right stitch count for one needle and need to continue decreasing on another, that you don’t automatically decrease the completed needle also…I hope that makes sense! xx