Socks That Fit Me

After years of trial and error and several different toe-up patterns I finally figured out what works for me.

I had one skein of Trekking yarn in my stash and cast on for socks to wear with denim slacks. I am working with 68 sts on a size 0 needle.

The best knitting fabric that my feet absolutely love begins with a US size 0/2mm, 40″ circular needle. I prefer sharp points and use Hiya Hiya, ChaioGoo or Addi Turbo Sock Rockets interchangeably. I’ve got a good supply of all three brands. The cables on the ChiaoGoo tend to be a bit stiffer than the others and I have to say the Hiya Hiya needles are my all time favorite. With fingering yarn I get 9 stitches and 12 rows per inch before blocking.

The finer the knitted fabric of your sock the more comfortable your socks will be. More stitches per inch makes a smoother fabric for socks that will wear better. And I don’t mean knitting tightly to get the firmer gauge. I mean a relaxed stitch with smaller needles to give a flexible knitted fabric that doesn’t feel rough on the bottom of your bare foot. After washing it will be closer to 8 stitches per inch and stretchy.

I use the Magic Loop toe-up cast on with a total of 24 stitches, 12 on each needle point. I usually work with 68 to 72 stitches for my socks, depending on the pattern. I have narrow feet and I wear a size 9 shoe. However my left foot is slightly different from my right foot especially my ankle joint which I broke in three places five years ago.

I like a K2, P2 or a K3, P2 rib for the leg of my socks. It allows for more ‘give’ around my repaired ankle which is now larger than the right ankle. After I finish all the toe increases and get back to the 68 or 72 stitches I usually work with, I begin with ribbing on the top of the sock and stick to stocking stitch for the sole of the sock. After making the gusset increases, heel cap and flap and I am back to the same number of stitches, I will continue the ribbing around the top of the sock and bind off in ribbing.

Another UFO lurking in a project bag that I just unearthed…

I found these socks that I had started, and forgotten, just like the pair in Trekking. This is Knit Picks Stroll in “Coffee Shop” colorway. It’s very soft and knits up very well. I’ve just begun the gusset increases for the denim blue socks and set them aside to work on this pair for a little while. Before long I will have two more pair of hand-knit socks to add to my sock drawer.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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