The Agony of Da Feet !

After all my joy and celebration of completing my short row heel turn and picking up and concealing all my wrapped stitches without any assistance... I tried on my sock!

It doesn't fit my Size 13 feet.

At all.

Too small.

My knitting guru had advised that she usually drops two needle sizes when knitting socks (even with specified sock yarn) and just adjusts for the new guage so that she gets a very dense, long lasting sock fabric. I think I took her advise a bit too far as in addition to the smaller needle size, I knitted the fabric very tightly. Clearly, much tighter than I had for the guage swatch!

Fortunately, it fits my Most Beloved's Size 9-1/2 like it was custom fit to his foot and not mine!

He just said to me, "See? There is sunshine behind the cloud!!"



chipsir's picture

lol.....knit and learn, but I like you find a place for my misfortunes lol.

scottly's picture

Socks know who they are meant for.

NonStopAndrew's picture

I completely agree. The camo socks that I made for my brother barely fit him, while they are the perfect size for me...he may never get them.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sorry to bust out laughing when I read the post. Still, we've all been there. I had to gift a couple of pairs that just weren't big enough to coworkers at my last job. Talk about squeals of delight...they didn't even care that I'd worn them several times! (Once the tension leveled out after several washings, they just couldn't fit anymore.) At least you know they'll be greatly appreciated by the Beloved. It just reaffirms the saying of Elizabeth Zimmermann, "It's bound to fit somebody." Holds true for socks as well as sweaters. Better luck on the next pair. Besides, more practice for the Sock Summit. --- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

I can't tell you how many times a project I intended to give someone specific ended up on someone else! I guess it goes with the territory and, for me anyway, it always turns out to be a huge learning experience! Sorry your socks didn't fit. I got really lucky with my first pair for Tracy, but it was more of a fluke than anything. Good luck with your next pair!


“Now, let us all take a deep breath and
forge on into the future;
knitting at the ready.” -- E. Zimmerman

ManMadeKnits's picture

Oh my god! 9-1/2!? Does he BIND?!

"The only sin is mediocrity." --Martha Graham

mrossnyc's picture

OMG that's hysterical. I'll have the image in my head for quite some time. Thanks!

Nashrunner's picture

I have given so many pairs of sock which were intended for me, to other people, it's no longer funny. I can feel your pain! My only suggestion is that during the process you put your work on needles of sufficient length you can actually try the puppy on. Somehow just holding the sock beside the foot doesn't seem to be foolproof. Even if your next pair turns out to be a little too big, you can still wear them. Good luck!

Bill's picture

I transfer the sock to a one-eight wide piece of satin ribbon...available at craft stores...try it on...then pick up the stitches from the ribbon...which slides out easily...much better tan yarn or string.
I keep the yarn needle and ribbon in my knitting bag...

scottly's picture

Once I turn the heel I try them on still on the needles. If the foot reaches the bottom of my little toe it's time to start decreasing for the toe. If I'm making them for someone else I just guess how much more or less length the foot should have.

daveballarat's picture

Well ... I nearly started my first pair of socks, I have the yarn, I have the needles but ... I got scared and ran away. So I've started a Spring Sweater. At my speed... 2 rows of 107 stitches 20 minutes in bed... and then I'm snoring ... I think I'll be finished next Spring and the socks... I'll get to them in my old age.
I am not, NOT looking forward to making socks and having to give them away cos I didn't get the instructions right... I'm always not getting the instructions right...

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