Cuff down lovely socks, tight cast on

My very first cuff down socks have a really tight cast on especially since they made it through the washer and dryer. I managed to get them on by folding the cuff down and squeezing my feet into them but I was thinking maybe there is a way to redo the cuff? Has anyone had any experience of removing the cuff and picking up stitches and knitting in the opposite direction or will I just mess up my socks? Thank you.

I’ve done this with sweater hems and sleeves that I wanted to shorten. It works very nicely especially at the join of ribbing to the body of the item.

If you prefer, you can grab the sts on the body of the sock first either on your needles or on waste yarn just to be sure you don’t lose them. The cuff sts won’t matter so much because you may be using them as a source of yarn anyway.
I love this bind off which works on any 1 x 1 rib and is very good and stretchy on socks as shown in the video. There are videos for 2 x 2 ribbing but it doesn’t look quite as perfect.

Thank you so much for the confidence builder. I’m still searching my stash for this yarn.

We’d love to see a photo of the socks after their re-do!

If you have not done the reassignment surgery (the video salmonmac posted) before I recommend knitting up a flat swatch and having a go on that first - or use an old swatch you have no use for. I say this from my own experience as I tend to lose a row or 2 more than I plan on when I cut into knitting. Practising a time or two before cutting into your socks might help you feel more ready for it too, well, it does with me, it’s a bit scary for me cutting knitting.

Good luck.

Yes, good idea! I ended up ordering more of the same yarn but in a different color. I’ll post if I ever get the nerve up!

:blush: thank you

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