Socking along

Now that summer (all three days of it … yes, I’m STILL griping about the weather) appears to be over, it seems a good idea to focus again on my sock making endeavors.

For several months now, it has been my goal to produce a spreadsheet into which I enter three basic foot measurements (lengths, width around the ball, heel-instep height) with my gauge, and it would automagically pop out a sock pattern.

This has been a mixed bag so far. The fit in width and length has been achieved, but I’m still struggling with the heel. If I could just bring myself to like the short row heel, or even the sweet tomato heel, it would all be easy.

But no – it has to be a gusset heel. What can I say – it fits me best, and I don’t see the point of knitting socks if I can’t make them fit my foot. Perfectly. Like a glove. You know?

This *points below* is NOT a great heel.

Unsatisfying heel

Can you see the loops? Those, of course, have nothing to do with fit … just my inability to properly wrap and turn. But this sock had the same issue I have been fighting with before …  according to my math, I need more increases in the turn that I have width in the flap, resulting in the decreases to go up the sides of the flaps instead of being neatly tucked under my heel (I hope that made sense).

Theses socks have been ripped and are now waiting to be cast on again after another round of algebra. And maybe some internet research. I did like the lace pattern, tho:

Hearts and flowers

You can’t see it very well in this photo, but it’s a heart and flowers motif.

Does anybody have any tips for books or websites I should look at that teach you how to determine the numbers for your perfect fit?


Author: kokorimbaud

Love all things vintage, especially knitting from the victorian era through to the swinging twenties.

6 thoughts on “Socking along”

  1. You worry about fitting sick, I can’t even knit socks! Not only can you knit socks… you knit socks with patterns!!!

    1. You could always learn … never too late 😉
      And I do! It’s just as sewing … in the beginning, all you care about is something that looks remotely like the garment you were trying to make. And then, the longer you’re at it, the more details you notice … and once they’ve been seen, they can’t be unseen. One day, you realize you turned into that obnoxious perfectionist you never wanted to be 😀

  2. i love the lace pattern, and not being experienced with knitting or knitting socks, I got lost in the algebra thing. But i hope it works soon! 😀

    1. Thank you! It’s not as complicated as it looks, I swear 😀 And the more I think about it, the more I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not totally overthinking this whole process …

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