6 Tips You Need to Know for Crocheting Socks
I want to crochet socks. When I first started crocheting fifteen or so years ago, I never even contemplated crocheting socks. You knit socks right? Wrong! I have an incredible queue of crochet socks from Interweave Crochet. Over the years, they have published fabulous articles on how to crochet socks and shared some amazing sock patterns.
In the winter 2011 issue, Karen Ratto-Whooley shared some tips to think about before you begin crocheting your socks.
Tips for Crocheting Socks
There is a wide array of sock yarn available. To help you choose, here are a few considerations.
Fiber: If you or the recipient have fiber allergies, select a nonallergenic fiber. Check the itchiness factor, too. Hold the yarn up to your neck. If it itches this sensitive part of your body, just put it down.
Comfort: Yarns with soft fibers, such as cashmere or alpaca, are most comfortable, but they will call for some extra care to make them last.
Washability: Do you want to handwash the socks or would you prefer superwash? Note that even if a sock is superwash, the fibers will last longer if you air-dry the socks. You can also partially dry them in the dryer, remove them while still damp, and then let them air-dry.
Stretch: Crocheted socks, with their density and construction, really need a yarn with some stretch. Crocheted socks are made slightly smaller than the actual measurements of your foot and leg. This negative ease allows the sock to stay on your foot, but it needs enough stretch to go on the foot in the first place.
5 Crochet Sock Tips
• Need more elasticity in the cuff? Crochet a thin strand of elastic along with the yarn in the cuff or crochet over a loop of elastic that is slightly smaller than the final circumference of the sock.
• If you want your heels and toes to last longer, crochet while holding a reinforcing thread alongside the yarn. Many yarn stores carry threads especially for sock reinforcement, or try serger thread that matches the color of your yarn.
• Don’t tie knots when adding new yarn or changing colors; these can poke you and are very uncomfortable. Instead, weave in ends securely.
• Keep a bit of leftover yarn to fix socks later on. Sock yarn colors cycle out of production rather quickly, so it’s good to save a little to fix any holes that get worn in well-loved socks.
• Put the leftover yarn and label in a zip-top sandwich-size bag. Using permanent marker, write the name of the sock pattern and who the socks were for if you gave them as a gift. You might also give a bit of the yarn to the recipient to have on hand, along with a tag explaining how to care for the socks.
—Karen Ratto-Whooley, Interweave Crochet Winter 2011
Socks are just the tip of the iceberg. Over ten years of Interweave Crochet issues has given me an amazing closet of crochet garments and accessories, an ever growing queue, and a library of crochet stitches and techniques I couldn’t have even dreamed of when I first picked up a hook.
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P.S. Have you crocheted socks? Tell us about your experience and share your own tips in the comments.