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Old 06-07-2009, 01:39 PM   #1
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Do you feel this way about socks?
I've been knitting socks from the toe up for a few years and I love how they turn out. I have used ALL different brands of sock yarns. Opal, Lorna's Lace, and Regia just to name a few. But after I wear them for a short while they seem to GROW on my feet. They get loose. One brand I noticed felt slippery on my hard wood floors!! I am reluctant to wear them again for fear of slipping on the floor. I don't wear my knit socks with shoes since they make my shoes too tight so I am happy just to wear them around the house.
I've been knitting socks mostly with Cascade Fixation sock yarn that has elastic in it and I LOVE how they come out. They are soft, sturdy and stretchy but they do NOT grow on my feet and they wash well and dry fine too. I literally wear them all day long around the house.
I love the other yarns for their colors and self striping effects etc..but does anyone else experience their socks "growing" with each step? Any way I can end up loving those other fancy sock yarns and enjoy wearing them? Thanks so much for any insight you can give me.
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Old 06-07-2009, 02:19 PM   #2
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You know the non-skid stuff for the bottoms of the sock? I've heard if you put those on, they work. Besides, you said that you don't wear your socks with shoes, so....

http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/pro...AA11DBBCD896D2

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/jifgripbrnon.html

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Old 06-07-2009, 11:03 PM   #3
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I knit my socks about 1/2 inch shorter than my foot...because I found I was getting a loose heel after the second or third wash...so even though my foot measures at a 9.5 inch...I make my foot 9" and stretch them out a bit...they may be a bit snug after the first or second round, but then they are perfect..for me....
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:02 AM   #4
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I wear my socks with my shoes. I usually stop knitting the pattern after I turn the heel. I tried it with the pattern all the way and it was too tight to wear with shoes. I haven't had a problem with stretching yet but I will watch them. Thanks for the heads up as I us all kinds of yarn to make socks. I usually go top to toe. Know any good toe up pattern links?
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:15 AM   #5
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Lots of toe UP patterns here...
Originally Posted by mathwizard View Post
I wear my socks with my shoes. I usually stop knitting the pattern after I turn the heel. I tried it with the pattern all the way and it was too tight to wear with shoes. I haven't had a problem with stretching yet but I will watch them. Thanks for the heads up as I us all kinds of yarn to make socks. I usually go top to toe. Know any good toe up pattern links?
Yes, I just found this site yesterday. She has lots of pretty toe UP sock patterns. She also just put out a book on the subject too...but nice these are all FREE patterns...enjoy...
http://wendyknits.net/finished-work-...-tips/sub-page
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:07 AM   #6
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I've bought the dpn's, looked longingly at sock yarn, but am too chicken to try to make them. Maybe I'll go back to JoAnn's and look again.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:51 AM   #7
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I have socks that my aunt has made me that do this and I think it's because she knits more loosely than I do. The socks that I have knit don't seem to "grow" because I knit at a pretty tight gauge and, just like Crycket, I don't knit my socks at exactly the right length, but just a bit shorter.

The Cascade fixation has some elastic in it, which is probably helping to prevent growth in your socks. There are a few other sock yarns that have elastic in them that you could use- or perhaps try knitting elastic into the sock?
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:26 AM   #8
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Wow...this is a real bummer for me. I am relatively new to knitting and I have been looking forward to knitting socks. But I want to wear mine with shoes. It's disappointing to hear about the tightness and the creeping issues.

Does it depend on the size needles? I would prefer a smaller knit stitch sock (if that makes sense).
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Originally Posted by JudiToots View Post
Wow...this is a real bummer for me. I am relatively new to knitting and I have been looking forward to knitting socks. But I want to wear mine with shoes. It's disappointing to hear about the tightness and the creeping issues.

Does it depend on the size needles? I would prefer a smaller knit stitch sock (if that makes sense).
I wear mine with shoes...of course a thicker yarn with larger needles will give a thicker sock.... (you could always go up half a size with your shoe, too. )
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:16 AM   #10
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I'm fairly new to socks, have made a couple pairs using Bernat SOX yarn.
They don't stay really tight to my foot, but aren't overly loose either. I wear them in shoes no problem.
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