Are you a sock knitter dying to learn how to design your own knitted socks? If your answer is “Yes!”, these sock design tutorials are the one-stop resource for you.
Welcome to the next part of the tutorial an sock knitting and design: Sock Design for Everybody! Today’s topic is all about sock cuffs: how can sock cuffs be worked both toe-up and top-down?
Cuffs: Designed To Be Stretchy
There’s not many secrets in working sock cuffs – well, in theory. Practically speaking, a lot of things can possibly go wrong: the worst nightmare is a sock cuff that doesn’t let you step into your lovely pair of knitted socks, or socks that keep sliding down your leg.
So first of all: sock cuffs need to be stretchy enough to step in while having a snuggly fit to ensure they stay up at the same time.
The most convenient way of working really stretchy, but snuggly fitting knits is ribbing: if in doubt, go for a k2, p2 rib. Any variants of ribbing work fine, as long as the ribbing stitches fit into your total stitch count: a k1, p1 rib works fine for all even number of stitches.
Personally, I like the feel of ktbl, p1 ribbing best, but that’s just a matter of personal preference.
Toe-Up: The Binding Off Method Makes All The Difference
Working toe-up, the bind off is a hassle sometimes: many knitters complain about their bind-offs to be too tight.
When binding off, I make sure to keep it as stretch as possible. If you keep having problems (and don’t mind a kind of lacy border), the picot bind off method might be a possible solution for you.
Here’s an excellent tutorial about binding off including the picot bind off.
Are You a Sock Knitter?
Which way of knitting sock cuffs is your number one? I’m curious to hear your story – please leave a comment below!
PS. The extended version of this series is available in book form and called Sock Knitting in Plain English – I’m sure you’ll like it!