Sock Week: Instep

So, I’m kind of running out of funny ideas for sock post titles.  Also, I now realize that this has taken WAAAY more than a week.  So perhaps I should have called it Sock Month.

But, I suppose it’s too late for all that.

Anyway.  Today’s step is stupid easy.  We’re going to make this “instep” of the sock.  The folks that write books about knitting call this the instep.  But I think it should more accurately be called the “foot-part.”  Basically, it’s the part of the sock between the gusset and the toe decreases.  And it’s really simple to do.

You knit.   That’s all.  No fancy decreases or increases, no picking up stitches, no dropping stitches, no short rows, no ribbing (unless you really want to for decorative reasons) or anything else.  Just knit a tube until your sock is 1 1/2 inches shorter than you want your finished sock to be.

How long do you want your sock to be?  As long as your foot (see, I told you this step was easy).  Measure your foot from the back of your heel to the tip of your big toe (or whatever toe is longest).  Subtract 1 1/2 inches.  Knit your sock instep until the sock measures that length from the back of the heel to the needles.  For example, my bare foot is 10 1/2 inches long.  So I knit my instep until the sock measured 9 inches long from needles to the back of the heel when laid out flat.  In my opinion, it’s better to err on the side of making your sock a smidge too big.  No one wants socks that are too small.


See?  I realize I forgot to include a ruler in this photo, so you’ll have to take my word on the length of my sock.

If you don’t have a ruler hanging around, just keep trying on your sock until only 1 1/2 inches of toe poke out the end.  If you’re knitting socks for someone whose feet you don’t have access to, this website has some good sizing charts.

And, because I feel like this is a rather short post today, and because I’m getting a little sock-crazy, here’s a weird video I found on the internet today.  You’re welcome.

(Warning.  He swears a tiny bit, so don’t watch if you’re not into that.)

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