WIP Wednesday – Lisa’s Gorman Street Cuff-down Socks
I’m the kind of gal who prefers to buy socks rather than crochet them. Fit is a huge issue when it comes to crochet socks because of my bony feet and it wasn’t one I was willing to tackle—that is, until Rohn Strong’s Step Into Crochet hit my desk. His book is meant for people like me who struggle with shaping and fit. So I cracked open the book and picked an adorable pair of basic socks, the Gorman Street Cuff-down Socks. I’m still in the middle of my first sock, but it’s already been quite the adventure.
When I chose my yarn, I went with Rohn’s suggestion, SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in the Pistachio colorway. The yarn is lovely to work with: its blend of merino nylon gives it some play and durability, both of which are important in a crochet sock. Then I filled out Rohn’s suggested measurement chart by measuring my feet to his very exact specifications. I added in a 5 percent negative ease to all numbers to come up with my to-fit measurements. This is what helps the socks fit so well. In Step Into Crochet there are tons of to-fit sizing tricks to ensure that your socks fit you perfectly.
I started with the suggested hook size, a U.S. size C/2.75 mm for the ribbed cuff and part of the leg. Because I like a shorter cuff, I altered the pattern to start with a chain 9 instead of a chain 19. Every few inches I tried the sock on to make sure it fit my leg. Around the ankle I began to notice some bagginess, so I checked the measurements in the chart, and saw that my ankle was quite a bit smaller than my calf. After double checking my gauge matched Rohn’s prescribed gauge, I ripped out a few rows and switched to a smaller hook, which helped me get the gauge and size that I needed around the ankle.
Working the dinky, tight stitches, especially the dense extended single crochet, was slow going and it took me a few rounds to acclimate. But I just kept working along on this cuff-down sock, using the sizing chart to help me choose the correct number of stitches to work in each section. The fit thus far is excellent. Currently, I’m finishing up the gusset that connects the heel turn to the foot. As per Rohn’s suggestions, I’m trying on the sock quite a bit just to be sure it’s feeling good.
It’s been quite a ride working on a crochet sock, but I’m enjoying it. Have you ever crocheted a pair of socks? Let me know what your experience was like in the comments below!
Happy sock stitching,
Editorial Coordinator, Crafts Books
Ready, Set, SOCK!