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boo1
05-16-2008, 10:35 PM
Okay, I’m making a pair of sock from FdC’s Maxime yarn. It calls for size 4 needles and I’m using 3s, just a basic pattern.

I don't like the way they fit. 48 st. seemed too tight, so i frogged them and now 56 is too stretchy and loose. Maybe I just need to stick with 48.

But do i need to change needle sizes? Smaller needles with 56? Or do I need to increase the number of co sts? My calves are about 13 inches mid-way up.

And I don’t understand gauge when it comes to socks. If I have a 13inch diameter calf, and, say 6 st/in (just making up numbers), then i should cast on 13 x 6 = 78 sts. But that doesn’t take into account the stretch factor. So how many stitches do I take away for that?

I really like making socks but I can’t seem to get them to fit right and look right on my leg. I don't want the ribbing to be stretched out much. I really like the way they look now, when they're on the needles, but not on my legs. :(

And then what happens when I use a smaller yarn, like Tofutsies? Needle size recs and co #s? (scratching head)

PLEASE HELP!

Jan in CA
05-16-2008, 11:43 PM
What pattern are you using? Is the top ribbed? Silver has a sock pattern that can use any weight yarn. She gives you the average cast on for that weight/gauge.

http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Start.htm

Socks need to be sturdy so you don't want to use too large a needle size. For fingering weight I use a size 1. I think it's better to increase the stitches instead of the needle.

tarrentella
05-17-2008, 04:31 AM
this article/pattern/formula on knitty.com is for making toe up socks but describes the sorts of measurements and calculations you need to do to get a realy go fitting sock. you may be able to aply some fo the principles to top down socks if thats what you realy want to make.

http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTuniversalsock.html

i also found this quirky design:
http://www.make1yarns.com/shop/product.php?productid=177&cat=27&page=1

boo1
05-17-2008, 06:48 AM
and thinking that I should consider a K1P1 cuff, since the K2P2 rib seems to be too stretched out (once I add more sts, I guess)

I see that a lot of formulas use the circumference of your foot at the ball of your foot as part of the calculations. But I'm more concerned about the circumference of my calf.

Knitting_Guy
05-17-2008, 08:43 AM
If thee tops on your calves are the problem and the rest fits ok, you can do some increases in the tops to make a custom fit. Or if knitting top down do some decreases as you work down.

Going from size 3 to size 4 needles with the same number of stitches should make them a little looser.

Staarrkatt
05-17-2008, 11:52 PM
Okay, I’m making a pair of sock from FdC’s Maxime yarn. It calls for size 4 needles and I’m using 3s, just a basic pattern.

I don't like the way they fit. 48 st. seemed too tight, so i frogged them and now 56 is too stretchy and loose. Maybe I just need to stick with 48.

But do i need to change needle sizes? Smaller needles with 56? Or do I need to increase the number of co sts? My calves are about 13 inches mid-way up.

And I don’t understand gauge when it comes to socks. If I have a 13inch diameter calf, and, say 6 st/in (just making up numbers), then i should cast on 13 x 6 = 78 sts. But that doesn’t take into account the stretch factor. So how many stitches do I take away for that?

I really like making socks but I can’t seem to get them to fit right and look right on my leg. I don't want the ribbing to be stretched out much. I really like the way they look now, when they're on the needles, but not on my legs. :(

And then what happens when I use a smaller yarn, like Tofutsies? Needle size recs and co #s? (scratching head)

PLEASE HELP!
Check out the following link for help in figuring out how many stitches to use with which yarn and which needles to make a custom fit for your socks:

(this one is a spreadsheet for a standard sock pattern using your guage ... so you'll need to know that before you can use the spreadsheet)
http://www.needletrax.com/mysocks.htm

or try this link for instructions on how to figure it out:

(this is a 2-page instruction sheet that will let you figure out exactly how you can make a custom sock pattern for any size foot with any yarn and needles)
http://www.socknitters.com/PATTERNS/anyweight.htm

And to figure out a pattern for socks knit from the toe-up (which used to scare me silly, but it isn't as hard as I thought it would be!)
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/PATTuniversalsock.html

Katt

Nanaof6
05-19-2008, 04:10 PM
Has anyone used the sock wizard? I am told it will solve all your sock problems.

Sock Wizard is based on the same easy to use interface as Sweater Wizard. Choose a shoe size, enter gauge and in minutes you are ready to start knitting. Knit from cuff to toe, or toe to cuff on the needles of your choice.

Sock Wizard is completely compatible with JAWS, the program for the visually impaired.

Sock Wizard Guide, the program's help system, is not an ordinary software manual. In addition to guiding the user through the software, Sock Wizard Guide is a mini-book on sock knitting. Even if you have never knit a sock, you can do so with the text instructions from a Sock Wizard pattern, and the pictorial renditions in the guide.








Sock Wizard Features

* Any gauge, any yarn
* Size based on shoe size...infants, children, adults and holiday stockings.
* Infants and Toddlers: Shoe Sizes 0 - 13
* Children: Shoe Sizes 1- 5
* Women: Shoe Sizes 4-11
* Men: Shoe Sizes: 6-16
* Half Sizes included
* Cuff to Toe, Toe to Cuff
* Variety of heel edges and stitches
* Repeating pattern options
* Choose 4 or 5 double pointed needles or two circulars
* Mix and match heels and toes
* Accurate yarn estimates
* Easy-to-read schematics and text directions to save and print.
* Export to Microsoft Word™
* Export to .rtf files
* Carry pattern in your PDA
* Help section includes pictures of techniques needed for sock knitting


http://www.software4knitting.com/psockwizard/sockwiz.htm