Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fitting Top Down Socks: Fitting the Toe

One of the benefits of a top down sock is that you can get a good foot fit. I like my socks to have a snug fit on my foot. I don't want them to slip around in my shoes. I fit my toe as follows:

About half way through my foot, I check my stockinette row gauge. I use this gauge to determine when to stop my foot and start my toe. I count the rows required to knit the toe for pattern that I'm knitting. Lets say my toe has 21 rows and my row gauge is 12 stitches to the inch. This means my toe will be 21 / 12 or 1 3/4" long. I need to stop my foot 1 3/4" before the end of my foot.

To determine if my foot is long enough, I try on my sock and stretch the foot about 1/4" and measure from this point. I want a little negative ease to get a snug fit.

If you aren't sure about your toe fit, thread a lifeline before starting the toe. This way you can easily rip back and start again. (Another top down benefit, not so much to rip out to get a good fit.)

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry