Why Do Custom Socks Rock?

I recently finished a pair of custom socks!

I’ve knit about a dozen or so pairs of socks over the years, and while I’ve always thought I was making the right size for me, this is the first pair that is truly custom to my feet. Fit-wise, they blow all my other socks out of the water!

custom socks

To make them, I started with a lovely sock blank dyed by Witch Candy Yarn in the Sunset Blonde colorway. I knit small swatches using U.S. size 0, 1, and 2 needles. I liked the fabric created with the size 0 needles best, so I used that gauge to determine my stitches per inch. From there, I used the basic toe-up pattern in Kate Atherley’s Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet and, after a few simple foot and ankle measurements, I had everything I needed for my one-of-a-kind socks.

custom socks

I’ll admit the knitting was a bit nerve-racking at first. I felt like I was knitting by the seat of my pants. Even though I swatched and carefully measured, I didn’t trust myself and I kept wondering, “Is this really going to fit?” I flew through knitting the first sock just so I could try it on and, sure enough, thanks to Kate’s expert guidance, the fit was just right. (I’d say it fit like a glove, but I’ll save that phrase for when Kate’s new mitten book comes out this fall.)

custom socks

Have you ever knit custom socks? Have you finished knitting any of the patterns in Custom Socks? We’d love to see! Share your photos in the comments.

-Kerry Bogert
Editorial Director, Books

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