Sock Knitting: Tips & Tricks for Stitch Pattern Adjustments

Sock Design for Everybody: Stitch Pattern Adjustments

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.

Sock Design For Everybody: Table of Contents

Welcome to the next part of the tutorial an sock knitting and design: Sock Design for Everybody! Today’s topic is all about adjusting stitch counts for a better overall fit.

Lace and Cable Patterns

If you knit socks in lace or cabled patterns, standard stitch counts (as for Vanilla socks) might be not suitable:

  • Lace patterns will yield a different (smaller) gauge as standard stockinette because they are stretchier.
  • The opposite is the case for cable and twisted stitch patterns: they tend to be tighter in gauge (being knitted at a larger gauge).
  • For ribbed patterns, the numbers also might have to be adjusted.

For cables, twisted stitches and ribbed patterns go up one or two sizes in needle size; for lace patterns, go down one size. An alternative is to adjust your stitch counts: more stitches for cabled, less for lace patterns.

Socks for Kids

Kids, especially babies and toddlers, have thicker legs when compared to adults. If using cabled or twisted stitch patterns, make sure to go up one size or two in circumference to ensure these wee feet and legs fit into their socks. Lacy or otherwise stretchy patterns usually require no adjustments in circumference.

Are You Into Sock Knitting Pattern Adjustments Already?

Which way of adjusting stitch count in sock knitting your number one? I’m curious to hear your story – please leave a comment below!

Happy knitting,


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!

Sock Knitting in Plain English

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