Hey guys I’ve almost finished the socks mentioned above and I’m quite happy with them actually! I’ll take some pictures when i’m completely done.

But for now they’ll be on hold because I’ve had this idea of knitting some socks for my boyfriends cousin who will celebrate his birthday next week. He mentioned a while ago that he missed the knitted socks his grandmother used to make for him so I picked up a skein of proper sockyarn and I’m going to make him a pair

It’s just for fun really because they normally don’t give gifts for birthdays but just sit around and enjoy the evenings together but for me, going to a birthday without a present is odd. A pair of socks seems like a little something-something which isn’t over the top and is a hint to his grannys socks.

I’m going to take Silvers tutorial again but since I don’t know what type of yarn this is in american terms (like “finger weight” etc) I figure I might as well figure out my own amount of stitches to start with, following this rule of thumb I found on this forum a while ago. (I think maybe Rebecca posted it?)

Okay, here’s what you do…measure the circumference of the foot around the ball of the foot (this is usually the biggest part of the foot); then check your gauge and multiply your gauge by the circumference and subtract 5% for snugness.

For example…if the circumference is 9 in and your gauge is 8.5 in, then multiply 9x8.5=76.5 and if you want your sock to be snug, subtract 5%, - 73 sts…I recommend rounding up or down to the nearest # that is divisible by 4…I say that because I generally use a 2x2 rib…so, the nearest number divisible by 4 is 72…cast on 72 sts (or, whatever # you have when you fill in the blanks for this equation )…you should then have a nice fit.

I understand this part and I think I have it figured out. With a big THANK YOU to IKEA for having those paper throwaway measure thingies which have inches on one side and centimeters on the other :cheering:

I measured 10 1/2 stitches to an inch and the circumference should also be about 10 1/2 inches.

So, 10 1/2 x 10 1/2 =110.25. 5% of 110 stitches is 5.5 stitches so that makes 105 stitches. But since that’s not dividable by 4, I’d cast on 104 sitches instead?

I wanted to check first though because this does seem like a rather high number of stitches to start with?

And my other question is: what do you do when get to the heel? How do you decide how many stitches to use for the flap and how many stitches do you pick up once you’ve finished knitting the flap?

Maybe this will go without saying once I get to that point, but I’d like to be a bit prepared

Oh and I do have pictures of the yarn I picked for this pair of socks:

I’m loving knitting with this yarn!! It took a bit of getting used to because it’s a lot thinner than what I’ve been using the last couple of projects but it’s very smooth and once I got the rhythm going, it knitted up pretty fast