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Friday, December 31, 2010

Easy Spiral Tube Sock Pattern

How to Knit Spiral Tube Socks

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  1. I would love to know how much to increase in order to fit a men's size 11 foot. Hubby needs simple big warm socks like these to wear (without shoes) to keep his feet warm at the end of the day when he is sitting and reading. Diabetic feet need all the softness and warmth they can get! Many thanks for any help.

  2. My apologies for not following up on your post, Valerie. I've been trying to remember how I've knitted tube socks without patterns in the past. It was when my children were small and I needed to knit smaller socks for them and larger ones for myself and my husband. I finally googled it and this is the formula I used.
    Measure around the highest part of the leg where you want the sock to be. Subtract one half to one inch from that measurement. If the measurement is 14 inches, subtract an inch to make it 13. Test the gauge by knitting a swatch in the ribbing pattern with the yarn and needles you will be using. Measure the swatch to see how many stitches are in an inch. When you have determined the number of stitches per inch, multiply the stitches per inch by the measurement you took around the leg. For instance, if your gauge is 6 stitches/inch multiply by 13 inches to get 78 stitches. Since the pattern requires that the number of stitches be divisible by 3, check that. The example given is divisible by three and would give 26 stitches per needle. If the number isn't divisible by 3, add or subtract a stitch or two until it works out.
    Measure the bottom of the foot. Measure from the heel to the highest part of the leg you want to sock to come to. Add these together to get the length of the sock.
    It isn't a bad idea to check the fitting once the sock is about 6 inches long and make sure it slips over his foot okay.
    Good luck and make a pair for yourself, too:) We wear them all winter inside our house. Because I walk around in stocking feet all the time, I put an ankle sock or "footie" over mine so they don't wear out so fast.