Introduction to Sock Knitting (Part 2)

The second part of the socks is very straightforward: it’s the leg, and all you do here is to knit every stitch until the leg is the length you want. That’s it.

So, after you finish your cuff, switch to knitting every stitch. How do you know that your leg is long enough?

Measure from the top of your heel – from that point where your foot becomes your leg. I’m sure there’s an actual anatomical term for it, but I’m afraid I don’t know what that might be.

This bit, here – where, if you move your foot, the leg stays in place and does not move. That’s the spot.

I would generally recommend making your leg longer than what you find on commercially-made women’s socks, which often tend quite short. That’s because they usually sit less tightly and fall down a little over the course of a day, and also because the cuff is more likely to stay up if it has a bit of calf to hold on to. 

But, ultimately, this is just a matter of preference – you can make it as long or as short as you want.

This is the easy part done. The next part is the heel, which though it looks tricky isn’t as complicated as people think. Onwards!

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