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« on: December 12, 2007 12:18:18 AM »

So I'm more comfortable with crochet than I am with knitting because I'm still fairly new to knit so I figured I'd try my hand at crocheting some socks for Christmas. I've been using my own foot (sz 9) as a measure to make sure they'd fit but no matter what I do or pattern I use, it's WAAAY too small! I make the largest size it has and even gone up two hook sizes and I just simply can't get it over my foot. I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem. I'm about to just call it quits and try to knit some because I just learned to use dpns and it looks as though it's more stretchy and would fit much better.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2007 07:22:10 AM »

I've crocheted socks, and actually really prefer knit socks so if you can do them I personally would suggest knit over crochet as the finished product not only is stretchy (which crochet socks really aren't) they are softer on the foot.
It sounds like the issue you have is in the bridge portion of the sock possibly? If it's in the leg portion after the cuff you can go to the largest size and a larger hook and then increase the stitches around and just make sure to add those stitches to the top of the foot when you get there. If its after the gusset what I would do is make the sock from ribbing through heal as you are suppose to and then increase the hook size to do the gusset area. On the heal portion pick up extra stitches on each side evenly, about 4-6 stitches increased here will widen that area where the leg meets the foot and help. You will then be able to decrease these stitches as you get further on into the toe of the foot if you like.
I would also avoid 100% cotton. It has much less give and the socks do come out tighter with little to no elasticity in the ribbing portion.
You can do a worsted weight or a sport weight. If you are having issues with it being too tight I would avoid a fingering or sock weight yarn as you'll have to increase the hook size to the point the sock will be to lacey.
The nice thing about a crochet sock is once you get a nice fit they are thicker then a knit sock in the same weight yarn and great house socks, and wear a bit longer if you ware them without slippers. They are not great in shoes though, too thick for most.
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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2007 04:17:15 PM »

I would second what the poster above said about crochet socks being thicker than knitted socks, but I really like mine  That said, I don't try and wear them in shoes (other than clogs) and frequently just wear them around the house.  I also pick up extra stitches on either side of the heel flap, which seemed to help with the sizing issue you mentioned.
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