Okay, so I ordered a kit from Knitpicks that had Cat Bordhi's Book in it with 2 circs, and a hank of sock yarn. Now the first question is, in the book she refers to the sizes of the first sock as a "medium child, medium women, medium mens" sock. However, nowhere in the book is any reference made as to what defines a childs medium or a womens medium. I am thinking my size 10 feet are probably not in the "medium" definition. So how much do I cast on to make size socks for my size 10 feet? What about DHs size 13 feet?
I am in a quandry! Can anybody help?
I would like to make DD socks as her little foot would be much better to learn this new method with. She is 2.5yo, and wears a size 8 in toddler shoes. What do I cast on for that with typical fingering wt sock yarn?
There's some math - how many inches (or cm) around does the sock need to be (A) and how many stitches per inch or cm (B) do you knit? Then it's just A times B minus a few (5% or 10% depending how snug-fitting you want the sock)
And are you doing toe-up (so you need to figure the 'around the ball of foot' measurement first) or are doing cuff-down (so you need to figure the 'wherever the top of the sock will be' measurement first)
The A times B might match her medium size (I don't know her patterns or her sizing) - iif so, then the only difference is the length taht's just doing more or less rows than her pattern says.
If you're doing cuff-down, cast on the A times B number and do the ribbing, etc (I don't know her pattern). If you're doing toe-up, cast-on for the toe (how many depends on the toe style, it might be 8 or 30 or something else) and increase until you get the A times B number.
Personally, I think if you're doing a sock pattern for the first time, it'll be less frustrating to do one at a time and take good notes re stitch counts, number of rows,etc. Otherwise, you'll get 4-5" finished on both socks, realize it's not exactly the fit you want and have to frog both socks. If it's just one, it's not as painful to frog one sock. And imo, the 2nd sock is easier because you already know you need 35 rows with 60 stitches and go.