The tension isn't tight though, that is what is boggling me.
This is like my 6th pr of socks I have made, and never had this problem. These will fit my 9 yr old, so they aren't a complete waste. I will have to pay full price for another skein since this was on sale and make a sock for dh.
I'm am putting it away and working on dd's socks instead until I figure this out.