Sock sizing

Me again. LOL. I am trying to knit my first pair of socks now. LOL. But I wear a size 9.5 and I am not sure how to size my project to go with my narrow foot.

Please help. Thanks


Typically you need to know the stitch gauge of the yarn you’re going to use, and the circumference of your ankle to work out how many stitches to cast on.

So… yarn states 30 st per 4 inches. Divide by 4 to get the number of stitches per inch (7.5). Measure round your ankle, not too tightly, let’s say it’s 8 inches. Multiple the stitch per inch by the ankle circumference… so 8x7.5 = 60. So you cast on 60 stitches for your sock. Also bear in mind your needles size will make a difference too.

Welcome to the sock addiction!

PS. Also meant to add that these instructions are for top down socks.

Size 9 1/2 shoes? That’s what I wear. Narrow feet? Mine aren’t all that narrow except for my AAAA heel. My toes are long in proportion to the rest of my foot. I knit Lifestyle Toe Up Socks - No Swatch Needed socks. If you make some toe up socks that you fit as you go but want to make them another way next time, you’d have something to gauge the fit of your next pair by.

when I started knitting socks I just followed the pattern for a couple of pair and then started tweeking the guage to my foot. I wear an 11 and also have a narrow foot so the socks that are too baggy for in a shoe I wear around the house or take to wear when I know we are going to a friends house were shoes are “not allowed”

I downloaded the sock pattern you talked about and it took me to a generic pattern that may help me learn to knit a sock. My problem is the opposite of all you narrow width people, mine are EEE width! So you can imagine how hard it is just to find shoes, let alone socks. I’m a diabetic so they can’t be tight on my ankle and that’s why I wanted to knit my own. Your advice on doing the math to get the right size should help, I hope!

Wide feet, narrow feet, medium wide, long or short or somewhere in between…I find that the best way to have socks fit the way I want them to is to do them toe up and try them on as I go. I can adjust by adding more stitches and I start the heel when the foot is the right length for me. You might try the Lifestyle socks or look at Silver’s Sock Class which covers toe up and cuff down socks. I think Silver’s also tells how to make them fit your feet the way you want them too. I started with worsted weight yarn and made thick socks to keep my feet warm inside or to go inside my boots - which I had to buy on the big side because I can’t ever find them to fit right - and that’s a great way to learn the techniques used in socks before you start with the skinny fingering yarn and sharp skewer needles. Liat Gat also teaches sock knitting (and you don’t have to buy her DVD course for it). This is her KNITFreedom -Toe-Up Socks Pattern Overview and I learned how to know when to start the heel from her.

Math and I do not get along. I can do some basic even/odd number stuff, multiples I can usually handle, figuring gauge is pretty darned iffy. The only solution for me with socks was the no-gauge way. However you decide to do it, best of luck and I’m confident that you can!

ETA: I’ve not yet used an actual sock pattern and have made them for me and for kids.

My best friend has very swollen feet, read quite wide, and can’t wear anything tight on her ankles or feet. I made her a pair of toe up sport socks (ankle highs) with superwash wool sock yarn, knitted on size 3 needles to a gauge of 7 sts per inch, and didn’t change to a smaller needle for the 1.5" cuff ribbing. She absolutely loves them - no pain, no cutting at the ankle.

I also made myself a pair just like hers - just like you diabetes foot care is important to me too. I wear a ladies size 9 and making them toe up with Magic Loop, cast 12 sts (needing a broad toe), and increased up to 56 sts. I used the lifestyle sock heel, and knit a few rounds (about 1") before working the cuff.

Finding a well fit sock has been heaven - I wish you the same luck that I had finding mine! :slight_smile:

Thanks so much! One day it will happen! So glad I found this forum. :slight_smile: