I’ve learnt a lot since becoming a knitter. About all sorts of things I had never thought I’d need to know about. One big topic has been the construction of clothes and – sizing. Yes, sizing is the hot issue in knitting currently. But let’s leave the “main” sizing issues for some other occasions (I do assure you I’ll have a few words to say on the topic eventually), and look at one completely unexpected sizing issue that has sprung up on me recently.
How should I explain it? Well, it’s pretty easy, actually. I’m trying to knit size 42 socks. My foot is size 38.
I have two sock knitting books on hand. And guess what! While they both give useful suggestions for several sizes in terms of foot width, in terms of length they are leaving me completely stranded.
Knit until approximately 7.5 cm shy of the total desired length of the foot. Aha, thanks. And what if I am not knitting for myself? I am really baffled by these instructions. Shoe sizes of all things in the world are fairly standardised, so can’t you at least give me some idea of how long a 42-size foot is? Can’t you assume that if I am knitting socks for someone it is much more likely that I will ask them for their shoe size than order them to tape-measure their foot? Or do you not knit socks for other people, dear author? I don’t get it.
Oh and – help, please! Sock knitters out there, how do you deal with this? I can’t be the first one to have banged my head against this question!