It’s that time again! Sock Sundays! Tonight we tackle the age old question what size sock do I knit? That’s a great question. The first thing you need to do is measure the widest circumference of your foot. This is usually the top of your forefoot at the base of your toes. For me this is a 9″ inch circumference. Then you take that circumference and multiply it by .9 and get your number. So…
Formula: .9x _largest circumference of foot___ = ______ suggested sock size______
.9 x 9= 8.1 inches
Because I like a size that hugs my foot, I usually opt for an 8″ size
We use .9 so that our sock has a bit of negative ease just like a hat, because if it was knitted at the same circumference it would just fall off.
Another measurement that is important is the circumference of where your sock will rest its cuff. Sometimes this is at the ankle (this weeks Sock Sunday special is a sweet ped that is ankle height http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strawberry-picking-socks )
Last weeks, Sock Sunday pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/strawberry-rhubarb-socks was a mid calf, height so that is the measurement that is necessary.
In the case of the ankles, the ribbing in most socks will take care of the negative ease needed here. As far as the mid calf, the circumference of the widest part of your foot should be close to equal. In my case the measurements are within a half an inch. If your measurements are not close to equal it may be necessary to adjust the number cast on and then be adjusted at the foot as well.
This weeks contest includes a prize for comments as well. Tell us how you choose your sock size and one of the comments will be chosen as the winner. Last weeks winner was Diane O’brien! Great job Diane! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the delivery of your prize.
Also in Sock Sunday Tradition, my new sock pattern Strawberry Picking is now available on Ravelry until Tuesday morning at 8:30 ( A couple people missed it last week so I want to give you a bit more time )
Happy Knitting ! Summer is around the corner 🙂