I am a bit late with this post as socktober is over!! Well officially anyway, I think it should be socktober all year round.
Many of you have probably noticed I have been crochet socks obsessed and designed few of them recently.
I also made a little video to accompany this blog, you will find it below. I recorded it last week after my live chat with the lovely Merion from LoveCrafts. We chatted all about socks, how to crochet the perfect fit for your foot and a lot about construction. The video and the blog is a little summarisation of what we talked about for those who missed it and for those who want to crochet a pair of socks.
Lots of people stay away from crochet socks as they are unsure whether they will fit well. Crochet fabric has the tendency to stretch lengthways but not much widthways. Unlike its knitted cousin which has lots of stretch both ways, therefore it is so much easier to fit on your foot. Fear not!! There are ways to make your crochet socks fit comfortably and beautifully on your foot.
First of all, you need to find the right fit for your foot. My sock patters come in three sizes: UK shoe sizes 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8. You can customise the sizes to suite you. For example: I wear shoe size 6 but have a chubby foot, I always make size 7/8 in width, but 5/6 in length. Another example is: if you have a narrow foot and wear shoe size 7, I would make the smallest size in width but the longest in length. Of course, if you are making them as a gift, just stick with the sizing of the lucky person’s shoe size, if you are worried that they will be a bit too small you can always block them aggressively.
Now onto construction
One of my favourite construction of crochet socks is toe-up with an afterthought heel. This is how I learned to crochet socks and for a long time it was my go-to way. They are fantastic! You can try them on as you work and the heel is so fuss free, super easy. My Latchmore and Cupid are toe-up socks. Cupid is brand new design for West Yorkshire Spinners, great starter sock with nice rib texture. The pattern is free on WYS website. Latchmore are beautiful socks with a gorgeous pattern worked in two colours.
However, some might find that the afterthought heel can create a bit of tightness around the heel and top of the foot area. The easiest way to avoid this is to when separating for heel crochet the chains loosely. I also crochet additional stitches on each side of the heel opening when picking up for the heel and decrease every other row to make the heel a bit deeper therefore giving the wearer a bit more room. All those tips are included in my patters for toe-up socks.
The other construction is the cuff down with heel flap, as in my Basic Crochet Socks that I designed for LoveCrafts. This is a fantastic heel construction that is created just as in a knitted sock. The heel flap is worked in rows, then heel turn is created, after that you pick up stitches on either side of the heel flap and finally decrease the gusset. This construction gives you more room around the heel and top of the foot area.
I always include increases in the leg area, usually one. However if you find the leg a bit too tight you can always make the increase sooner or add more, just be careful not to make too many as the sock will not hold up and fall down.
Hope you you try crochet sock and fall in love with them as much as I have. They are so comfortable to wear and quick to make.
Happy sock making,