View Full Version : Decreasing needle size for sock fit?

11-13-2007, 02:36 PM
I'm using Getting Started Knitting Socks, and I've seen the suggestion several places to use a larger size needle for the upper leg and a smaller size for the lower leg and foot.
So how do you know when to change needle sizes? :??

of troy
11-13-2007, 04:54 PM
are you making the socks for your self?

if so, try them on!

you have to be gentle, but its not hard to slip on socks --while still on the needles and see how they fit!

(if making for someone else (kids/spouse/partner.) do the same thing (only you hold the knitting!)

if they are pleasently snug.. you are fine.. if they are a little loose, go down a needle size (socks should fit like wet t-shirts.. clingy, but not uncomfortably tight!)

11-13-2007, 08:01 PM
In this pattern it has you to change to the smaller needles 4" from the top of the cuff. this pattern is in the Favorite Socks Book from Interweave.