(Sung to the tune of “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bed Post Overnight?”)
An interesting question, and one for the ages: do you have trouble keeping your kneesocks up?
I for one do not have problems with kneesocks staying up. I think this has a lot to do with fit.
Remember when you were a kid and your mom bought you cotton or cotton-blend kneesocks? And after a few washings they would shrink? Then they would never stay up properly because they were a bit too small. Sure, you could tug them into place but as soon as you took 3 steps they were inching down your leg.
When you knit your own kneesocks, you really have to pay close attention to fit. You want the socks’ circumference to be a bit less than the circumference of your leg at all the crucial points for a snug fit, and (very important) you want them tall enough.
To knit ’em tall enough, you really need to try them on several times as you knit. Case in point: my kneesocks.
Lying flat, these socks measure about 21 inches from the bottom of the foot to the top of the cuff. My leg, from just below the knee to the bottom of my foot, measured along the “in-seam,” is 18 inches. Why the extra three inches? Because I have fat shapely calves. Some of that length is taken up in width as I put the socks on.
As I knit these bad boys I kept trying them on to make sure my rate on increase was working, and that they were going to be long enough. They are.
I had not really planned on writing up this pattern, as the lace is very simple and similar to other stuff I’ve done, but now I’m thinking I will, and make it a “how to knit a pair of kneesocks that fit” pattern. What do you think? Are you interested?
Lucy seems thrilled with all this kneesocks talk, no?