How are knitted socks supposed to fit?

How do you make hand knitted socks stay up?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

  1. Susan asked . . . What suggestions can you give for knitting socks that stay up? …
  2. Use a firm gauge. …
  3. Use the right number of stitches around. …
  4. Make the heel depth long enough: …
  5. Don’t skimp on the ribbing. …
  6. Ribbing based stitch patterns are perfect for socks.

What is negative ease in knitting socks?

Negative ease concerning socks means that the finished sock circumference measures smaller than the intended wearer’s foot circumference. … If you knit your sock to your exact measurements, you’ll have ill-fitting socks that won’t stay on and won’t support all the foot contours, leaving floppy glops of fabric.

What do you do if your socks are too big?

Shrinking Socks by Drying. Soak your socks. Getting your socks wet with warm or hot water before putting them in the dryer will help them react to the heat better and shrink more, faster! Set the dryer to the hottest setting for cotton or polyester socks.

Should socks have negative ease?

Socks should be worn with a little bit of negative ease—that is, they should be smaller than the foot (and leg) they’re to cover. You want the sock to have to stretch a bit so that it will stay up on your leg and stay in place on your foot.

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How long should the leg of a sock be?

The length of the leg of a sock for short socks is “F”, and this usually averages around 6 inches. Use a good stretchy pattern stitch for this. If you are using a lace or more flat knit piece, like intarsia or Fair Isle, be sure and work an inch or more of a stretchy ribbing in the cuff to help keep the sock UP.