My day job is taking up a lot of my time right now, so I haven’t actually been able to knit very much. As such, today’s sock progress update would have been sadly short on progress. Instead, I thought I would take the time to sketch out my basic sock recipe I use.
DPNs, Magic Loop, or 2 Circs – I like the Magic Loop method for socks, but I also will sometimes use DPNs, as well.
Toe up v. Top Down – 95% of the time, I am going to choose a toe up sock. I like having the flexibility to use as much or as little yarn as I want, so working toe up gives me the flexibility to use every last bit of yarn without worrying if I am going to run out of yarn in the middle of my cuff. When working toe up, I always start my sock with Judy’s Magic Cast On.
Toe Increases – I typically start with 16 stitches on each needles with the cast on, for a total number of 32. Then I work toe increases up until I have a total of 68 stitches. I know a lot of people do 64 stitches for their total, but I have huge Fred Flintstone feet, so I need 68. I do increases every other round, with just a basic round of knit stitches between them. The pattern I follow is K1, M1L, knit to the last two stitches, M1R, K1, then I do the same on the back needle.
Foot length – How long you knit your foot is dependent on your heel treatment. I always use the same heel, so I knit until I am 1.75″ inches shorter than the length of my foot. My foot is 10 inches (I told you they were Fred Flintstone sized!) so I knit until my foot length is 8.25″
Heel – I love the Fish Lips Kiss Heel. It’s pretty much the only one I ever use.
Leg – This is where I go up a needle size. Otherwise I feel like my sock is just too tight around the ankles. If I am using a US1, then I now switch to a US2 or a US1 1/2 depending on how tight my gauge is with the yarn I am working with. Then I just knit until my leg is almost as long as my foot. This is usually around 8″.
Cuff – I usually do 15 rows of either 1×1 or 2×2 rib.
Bind Off – To give that little extra stretch on the bind off, my preferred bind off is Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretch Bind-off.
And that’s it – my basic sock recipe.