Pattern Roundup: Ren

Easy and lovely to knit. And pretty. May want to do this many more times.- Annu, Test Knitter Pattern Roundup: Ren – This sock pattern kicks off our Night at the Movies sock club! Ren is inspired by the movie Footloose. When I think of movies that make me start tapping my toes, Footloose is the first to come to mind. Kevin Bacon has ALL the moves! Things I learned from Footloose when I was a kid: Speak your mind. Challenge the system – they don’t always know what’s best. Stand up for what you believe in. Nothing fires me READ MORE

Rolled Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up. Rolls occur when you work in stockinette. Stockinette has a natural tendency to draw in on itself, like how if you’ve ever knit a scarf that’s all stockinette, the edges all curl in. The same effect happens to the edge READ MORE

Picot Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up. A Picot Cuff is an adorable addition to any sock. They’re created by working a few rounds of stockinette, followed by a row of (K2tog, yo) across the round, then a few more stockinette rounds. Once you’ve completed your sock, READ MORE

Short Row Heel

Notes Measurements – based on a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1″/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks. Directions – based on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches, having knit the leg or foot 0.5 [0.75, 1, 1.25, 1.5, 1.75, 2]” / 1.3 [1.9, 2.5, 3.2, 3.8, 4.4, 5] cm less than your desired length. Directions for toe-up and cuff-down remain the same regardless of the sock construction (either toe-up or cuff-down). General Foot information READ MORE

Achieving Proper Fit: Socks

Understanding your foot Low Calf Circumference: The circumference of the leg measured 6″ / 15 cm up from the ground. Ankle Circumference: The circumference around the narrowest part of the ankle. Heel Diagonal: The diagonal’s circumference, measured from the top of the foot in front of the ankle to the very back of the heel, on the floor. Gusset Circumference: The circumference around the arch of the foot, just in front of the heel. Foot Circumference: The circumference around the ball of the foot. This is the widest part, just after the toes. Note: This is the measurement used for READ MORE

Sock Yarn

Setting your sock’s intention The first step to a great pair of socks is determining what the purpose of your socks are. Will you be wearing them hiking? Around the office? Bed socks? Depending on your intended use for the socks (aside from wearing them on your feet), it will have an impact on the weight of yarn you’re choosing to use. You’re not going to want to knit DK weight socks and try to squish them into your shoes to wear them to the office – you’ll have very squished toes as you lose a shoe size from the READ MORE

Ribbed Cuff

Cuffs don’t have to be dull and are a great way to change up a sock’s look without disrupting the pattern! Your sock cuff can be anything you dream; the only real rule to ensure you follow is that it stays stretchy enough to get on comfortably and off your foot and hold well enough to keep your sock up. Ribbed cuffs are quite common and incredibly functional. They’re also a great way to make the cuff a little more snuggly on your leg. Frequently used sock ribbing includes: 2×2 (K2, P2) Ribbing 1×1 (K1, P1) Ribbing 1×1 (K1-tbl, P1) READ MORE

Heel Flap & Gusset (Cuff-Down Version)

Notes Measurements – based on a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1″/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in size difference for your finished socks. Directions – based on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches. Directions refer to the first needle and second needle, assuming you’re using magic loop. If you’re using double-pointed needles instead, the first needle would be needle one, divide the stitches of the second needle evenly between 2 double-pointed needles. General Foot information – can be found here. Sample READ MORE

Heel Flap & Gusset (Toe-Up Version)

Notes Measurements – based on a gauge of 9 stitches by 11 rounds in stockinette = 1″/2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in size difference for your finished socks. Directions – based on 48 [52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72] stitches, having knit the foot 3 [3, 3.5, 4, 4, 4.5, 4.5]” / 8 [8, 9, 10.5, 10.5, 11.5, 13] cm less than your desired foot (measured from your cast on), you’re ready for your gusset to begin. Directions refer to the first needle and second needle, assuming you’re READ MORE