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Old 04-18-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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Another sock question: Big feet, tiny legs
I asked this in another thread, but I should've separated it so here we go! I've been working on socks lately and I absolutely love it -- it's made me more addicted to knitting since it's such a challenge for me. After I'm done my pair of socks, I'm making a pair for my boyfriend.

He has about size 10 feet, but his legs are tiny. I was trying to think of the best way to make the cuff cling to his leg and not suffocate his feet. I thought maybe a tighter rib or maybe smaller needles?

What do you guys suggest?
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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Last night one thread had a couple of links to places where you filled in measurements and it gave you a custom sock pattern.
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You can definitely use a smaller needle and then switch when you get to the heel. Also, try making the whole leg ribbed- a 2x2 rib is probably fine. You can also use an elastic thread for the leg too. I think you would just carry it throughout the leg, but I'm not positive.
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I agree with the idea of a full ribbed leg. I have a pair of socks that I made for mom who has tiny feet (size 5) and legs. That same pair of socks fits my regular feet(size 8) and wide legs. They even my boyfriends big feet/ chicken legs combo... although admittedly a bit snuggly! Not sure I can explain what we were doing trying on each other's socks.
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You might just try casting on fewer sts for the cuff/leg, then add them back after you've finished that part by increasing evenly around the entire sock. For example, instead of casting on 60 sts, I would try casting on 54. When I finished the cuff/leg, I would increase 6 sts evenly around the ankle to bring the st count back to 60. And if I were dealing with MUCH bigger feet in relation to the leg, I might even add MORE sts!

Or you might try a sock calculator which you can find on line. A sock calculator will use your st gauge and various measurements, such as width around the calf, width around the foot, etc. to estimate how many sts you need to work with for each section. Then you can increase/decrease to whatever st count suggested by the calculator.

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Originally Posted by Spokaloo View Post
You might just try casting on fewer sts for the cuff/leg, then add them back after you've finished that part by increasing evenly around the entire sock. For example, instead of casting on 60 sts, I would try casting on 54. When I finished the cuff/leg, I would increase 6 sts evenly around the ankle to bring the st count back to 60. And if I were dealing with MUCH bigger feet in relation to the leg, I might even add MORE sts!
I agree!
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Originally Posted by Spokaloo View Post
You might just try casting on fewer sts for the cuff/leg, then add them back after you've finished that part by increasing evenly around the entire sock. For example, instead of casting on 60 sts, I would try casting on 54. When I finished the cuff/leg, I would increase 6 sts evenly around the ankle to bring the st count back to 60. And if I were dealing with MUCH bigger feet in relation to the leg, I might even add MORE sts!
This is a really great idea. My DB (darling boyfriend -- can I use that? ^^) is definitely chicken-legged so the circumference of his ankle/lower calf concerned me.

You guys are amazing help!
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