The previous two posts talk about my journey to making a sock that fits me well. Click below to read them, if you wish:
The latest version of my crocheted socks begins with my template. I made it from an old cardboard box I had in the house. It’s getting a little ragged these days, and I’m thinking of making my next one with a couple of placemats glued together, like GimmeYarn418’s Sock Blocker tutorial–you can find that on YouTube, and it’s called Tutorial–$5 Sock Blocker.
As you can see, there are several lines on it that I’ve made over the last couple of years. These were drawn after I repeatedly–and I do mean repeatedly–crocheted, ripped out, and crocheted again to find what is comfortable for my foot. They also tell me, for example, where to stop my toe and begin the main part of the foot if I want to use a contrasting color for my sock.
My foot is a women’s (American) size 11, and it’s narrow. Being able to slip my sock-in-progress over this template and still have it fit my foot is something I just sort of lucked into–if your foot is taller in the instep, or shorter or wider than mine, it may not work in exactly the same way. Hopefully this will give crafters a place to start from in making their own socks.
I begin by chaining 10 if I’m using sock yarn or DK yarn, and 8 if I’m using worsted. I single crochet in the second chain from the hook and all the way down the row until the last stitch.
(I have seen many socks that begin with simply a magic circle. While it looks nice for many applications, I don’t like it for my foot because I don’t like that little knotted place near my toes–the yarn is kind of dense there.)
In the last stitch of the row, I place 3 single crochet. This allows my work to turn so I can go back and stitch on the bottom part of the chain. One single crochet goes in each chain until the last stitch, which gets two single crochets.
In the first stitch of the first row are two more single crochets. At this point, I may actually change to half-double crochet or even double crochet if I’m impatient and want my socks/slippers done quickly, as I’m a product crocheter rather than a process crocheter. Whatever the stitches are, I place two of them in the first stitch in that row and one thereafter.
At the end of that row go two stitches. This again allows the work to naturally turn and provides some increase to accommodate my toes. From here on, one stitch goes into each stitch of my work until I get to the “short” sides, which show themselves pretty quickly, and I place two stitches here. It doesn’t have to be exact, but I basically increase twice in every round. You’ll notice that I’m working in spiral–most of my work, especially my socks, is done in spiral to avoid the messy line that chaining up creates and is virtually unnoticeable.
I stop increasing when my work is about 3 1/2 inches wide–on my template, that’s also about 2 inches long, which makes for a nice-sized toe if I want a contrasting color there. If I want to change color, I will do it on one of the ‘short’ sides where it won’t be noticed as much. Regardless of whether I change color, I have to decide here whether I want to stay with the same stitch or use another.
In the next post, I’ll share my experiences with the main part of the foot and the increase for the instep.
Keep crafting, Dear Reader!