Thursday, January 15, 2009

Sagging Sock Saga

I bought my first sock yarn on vacation in Newfoundland in 2004. And I'm still finishing that first pair of socks!

I thought they were finished in September 2008 - at last! Tried them on and all seemed well.

But, after wearing them around the house for 3 hours or so, they started to feel saggy around my ankles.

Don't they know that I throw socks away when they get to that sagging point? Did I do all of this knitting just to wear these socks for only 3 hours?

No, No, No!!! Sagging hand knit socks are not OK!

Fortunately, one of my knitting friends let me borrow a book which totally saved my socks, Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch.

In addition to containing many cool sock patterns, this book contains a chart that I used to figure out how big the various parts of my sock should be: cuff, leg, heel flap, foot and toe.

After measuring my foot and measuring the sock, according to this book, the only measurement that was off was that I made the foot 2 inches shorter than it should be. (In my defense, it was the size of my favorite pair of socks - which were not handknit.)

Easy enough to test......unravel the toe, re-knit the end of the foot and the toe and give it a try.

Lo and behold, the sock does not sag now that the length of the foot is longer! Yay!!

Even though the sock looks a little goofy with that long foot portion, I need my socks to stay up!!!

All I have to do is get the second sock to match the first one, and the project really will be done!


Lynnette said...

It's so neat to read about your socks. I just started knitting socks this year and it took me four pair to really understand them. I'm going to try the toe up approach for my next pair.

Sue said...

I feel like I'm practically at the 4 pair count on this same pair of socks - with all the unraveling and reworking I've done!

Although I can't claim to understand socks yet!