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« on: June 09, 2009 05:36:34 PM »

Hi!! I just knit a pair of very nice... very LONG woolen socks. They turned out about a half inch too long on a mans size 10 foot, they are huge on me!  I was wondering if there was a safe way to shrink them and NOT felt them... I know you can't avoid a little bit of felting, but I would still like the stitches visible... They're for a gift and I would love  to not have to rip and start again, which is basically why I'm asking. I've already pulled them out three times... Cheesy

Thanks in advance!!
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2009 09:43:31 AM »

I think that knitting shrinks more width-wise than length wise, so if you were able to shrink them enough to be short enough, they might be too narrow.  If you used superwash wool, which a lot of sock yarn is made of, you won't be able to shrink them at all.

Did you knit them cuff down or toe up?  If you did cuff down, you could undo the toe and frog back a few inches to the base of your toes and reknit the toe. 

If they are toe up, I'm not sure what to do, short of frogging and starting over.  The only thing I can think of is to steek the toe off, pick the stitches up and reknit the toe.  I don't know if that would leave an uncomfortable seam though.  Maybe try it on a swatch before cutting up your socks. 

Good luck and let us know if you have any luck.
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