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« on: October 27, 2016 08:07:14 AM »

Is that common? I used a basic sock pattern, just a vanilla sock, and the foot fits perfectly, but the leg part is very loose fitting. I used Patons stretchy sock yarn. Anyone have any words of wisdom? 😊
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2016 06:04:59 PM »

I find I tweak every pattern. And every yarn has a different flavor.

If it was only a smidge slouchy, I would advise a different cuff and/or thread in elastic. Or even swap to smaller DPN's from ankle up.

But these are really slouchy, and I would say you just need to frog it back and modify it to fit your leg. Pros/cons. At least it will truly fit your foot!

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017 06:09:01 AM »

Make sure you knit with some negative ease when making socks. If the sock is exactly as big as the foot it will slip down, so it needs to be a tad smaller and stretch to fit.

I try to use 10% negative ease. Measure around the ball of the foot and around the leg. They're often about the same size, but not always. Take that number times 0,9 for the measurement with negative ease.

Then calculate your gauge. For example, I found out that my gauge meant that one stitch was 0,4 cm long and I wanted the sock to be 20,5 cm around. 20,5/0,4 = 51,25. I rounded that up to 52 stitches to fit my pattern better.

If a sock pattern just gives the size in shoe size or "medium" "small" etc and doesn't say what the finished size should be around the foot I tend to avoid that pattern... It's so easy to be disappointed even if knitted fabric is fairly forgiving...
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