First Sock Complete

What’s the verdict?

I hate it so much and yet I’m so proud of myself. I actually knit a sock! Surprisingly it wasn’t terribly hard either.

Here’s what I learned from this project.

  • The importance of appropriate yarn. This was super soft baby yarn made of acrylic and nylon. It has no structure to it whatsoever so it’s floppy as hell. Completely unsuitable as a sock yarn.
  • How to do short rows using the wrap and turn method. To recap, its a method to make curves, or turn a corner. I believe my short row holes look a bit bigger because of the size of the needle I used.
  • How to knit in the round using the magic loop method. I’m completely surprised how it confuddled me for two days and now I’m a champion. I’m not sure why that hole appeared in the picture below as I followed the pattern instructions exactly, but it looks like a join wasn’t made. I could stitch it up easily if I wanted.

  • How gauge is so very important to a project. Because of my stressing that the sock wouldn’t fit Jason or I due to our big feet, I upped the needle size to make a larger gauge (how many stitches per inch of knitting) which ended up making a sock even too big for Jason. The flopsy stretchy yarn did not help that in the slightest.
  • How not to freak out about “ladders” as discussed in my last post because they just worked themselves out. I learned a few tips to help minimise them.

  • Again, how important gauge is. This ribbing is much too loose to hold the sock up.
  • How bad it is when you put a provisional cast on BACKWARDS. It was hell transitioning from the toe to picking up the stitches so I could start knitting in the round.

Due to its unsuitability, I will not be making a matching sock to this guy. Jason’s a little disappointed but considering it’d last about 5 seconds on his foot in bed before falling off, he’s accepted it. I’ve promised to make him some a little later.

I picked up a sock knitting book on Amazon after finishing the sock and finding a mention of this on a blog I was reading, called Custom Socks: Knit to fit your feet, by Kate Atherley.  The handy thing about Amazon at times is they let you have a sneak peek in the book and in this case it sold me! In 5 seconds I had paid in Aussie dollars due to the Aussie Amazon Kindle site, so that was awesome, and had it delivered to my iPad’s Kindle app. I then devoured most of it immediately.

It’s got a lot of math in it about measuring feet and how to adjust any part of a sock to fit whatever quirks you may have if your feet don’t fit the “standard” or “average”. It’s extremely in depth and you can tell she has had a lot of experience. I also learned about negative ease. I should be knitting a sock pattern an inch smaller than our feet call for width-wise, due the stretch in the knitted fabric. It’s how we make the socks fit better.

And it has super cute patterns in it as well! I must knit all the socks! I was so excited that I knit up a gauge swatch (albeit smaller than I am meant to because patience is not a virtue of mine :P)

Oh how adorable this self-striping yarn that Lona sent me is. I’m unsure if the yellow gradient is purposeful or accidental, because to be honest, the dye job is not the greatest. There are little flecks of paleness on the blue where the dye didn’t touch or absorb well enough that were definitely not purposeful. But despite that, I still love this yarn. It’s strong but soft at the same time and it knit up like a dream. Because it’s made to be sock yarn, the ply of it is very tight, which is a good thing (according to the above book).

I knit the above on 2.5 mm needles and got smack bang on the gauge required for the socks I want to make from this. 8 stitches per inch and 11 rows per inch. I feel like yelling BINGO! right now.

I measured up my feet last night, both left and right according to Custom Socks, and worked out my ratios, such as foot circumference to ankle circumference, and so on, to see if I had a freaky foot or not. I grabbed this pic from which is also in Custom Socks.

Left Foot (cm) Right Foot (cm)
Foot Circumference (A) 23.7 24
Ankle Circumference (B) 26.7 26
Gusset Circumference (C) 25.6 26
Foot Length (D) 27 27
Low Calf Circumference (E) 33 32
Heel Diagonal (F) 33.5 33
Toe Length (G) 5.1 5.1

Basically what I found is my right foot was larger than my left (knew that from trying to find shoes that fit, plus I’m right-handed, so it’s not strange) and that my left ankle was larger than my right. Also not strange as I tore two ligaments in my left ankle a decade or so ago and it has always been a bit fat since.

I also found, that even though I have large feet (size 10 women in Australia shoe sizing which is usually the largest you can buy easily in everyday shoe stores) the ratios are within normal ranges. Only one of them for the left foot ducked under the median range Custom Socks discussed, by 0.01 due to that fat ankle. So, I think, what I’ll do is knit one sock normal, try it on both feet, and if I need to, adjust the stitches at the ankle for my fatter ankle for the second sock.

Easy peasy!

In other news, I am still ploding away at the Epic Pokemon cross-stitch most nights. I’ve devoured the latest season of Fear the Walking Dead and have started The Wire, under hubby’s insistence.

Well, it’s more like “I’m not pressuring you, but you really should” type of insistence. 🙂

Until next time, have fun!

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