My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Big Foot Knits

I have in my possession a review copy of the e-book Big Foot Knits by Andi Smith. It is available in both e-book and hard copy — the link up there is to the book on Ravelry. You can also order either version from the publisher, Cooperative Press.


The book contains twelve sock patterns for larger feet, but it is so much more for the knitter who has larger than “average” feet. It is a mathematical masterpiece of how to properly measure your feet and legs, figure out the toe and heel shapes that fit you the best, and then adapt patterns to fit your individual feet.

The book starts with a “plain vanilla” sock pattern in both top-down and toe-up versions.

Next, you are taught how to measure your feet. There are many different points where you should take a measurement, and these are all shown with illustrations.

There is a very cool chart that show different shaped feet and legs so you can choose the configuration that best matches each of your feet.


Then you are presented with a “personal measurements chart” that you can print out or photocopy depending on whether your book is electronic or hardcopy. Enter all your measurements and variables on this chart.

There is a chapter on gauge and why it is important for socks. More charts here — “cheat sheets” on negative ease and a chart where you can enter your gauge after knitting a swatch as directed.

The next chapter is about shaping your sock and includes details on many different increases and decreases, with a lot of excellent information on the rate of increase and decrease you need to use, along with detailed charts.

There’s a chapter on cuffs, one on heels, and one on toes. The toe chapter is particularly interesting as it explains how to create sock toes to fit a variety of toe-shapes.


The next chapter contains a complete, detailed worksheet for you to create your own custom sock pattern. And there is a chapter on incorporating different stitch patterns into your sock.

Then come the original patterns. As I said, twelve of them. You can take a look at the pattern photos on Ravelry — they are all lovely, and they are beautifully photographed with really cool shoes!

Each pattern is written in three different sizes (generally around 10, 11.5, and 13″ circumference but there are some variations), and if that weren’t enough, each one has charts and worksheets to help you further customize the fit. The sample socks are all made from popular easy-to-find sock yarns.

All in all, a very impressive treatise on the sock for the larger foot!

I have been authorized to give away a copy of the e-book. Who’d like it?

To be entered in the drawing to win a copy of this fantastic book, leave a comment on this blog post by 11:00am eastern time on Sunday, July 20, 2014. A winner will be chosen at random at that time.

Meanwhile . . .

I am working along on my Mighty Mini scarf. At this point I am on the 18th repeat. The pattern directs you to knit a total of 21 repeats, but it looks like I’ll still have some yarn left over. I’m betting I can get a few more repeats out of it.


The yarn (Blue Moon Fiber Arts Worthy fingering weight) is just gorgeous. While it is listed as fingering weight, but I think it is at the finer end of fingering. In fact, at first I wondered how well it would look knitted up in this pattern, but the more I knit, the more I liked it.

Loki sez:


“All that loud knitting is keeping me awake!”




  1. It sounds interesting! Please include me in the drawing.
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  2. That book sounds wonderful! I have big feet and come from a big-footed family. I am very interested in the chapter on toes shapes. I’ve never seen that information explained before.

  3. Phyllis G says:

    Oh wow, would I love that book. Please pick me!

  4. This sounds like a great book!

  5. I’d love a copy – my husband has size 14 feet and loves handknitted socks. Please include me in the draw!

  6. I’d love a copy of this. As a woman with size 11 feet, it’s always a challenge

  7. Jennifer B says:

    Wow, great resource! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. I’ve got woefully average feet, but there seems to be a lot of sock-customizing knowledge to be found in that book.

  9. Rhoda Besecker says:

    My housemate/closest friend is a six foot woman, feet proportional, and I often knit for her. This would be a great addition to my library.

  10. I first learned to knit because I wanted to knit socks because I have unusually sized feet – and then with one thing and another I have still not even really attempted a sock! It’s only been 4 or 5 years, that’s not bad is it?!

    So this book is on my list even if I don’t win it!

  11. I’d love a copy, and the women and girls in our family would all be delighted! 🙂

  12. Oh, I would love a chance to win this! As a woman with size 10, normal sock patterns always have to be modified.
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  13. It sounds like SUCH an amazing resource, I’d be thrilled to have it at hand.

  14. PurlingPanda says:

    I’m a woman who wears a size eleven wide (really wide) shoe and love the idea of a book that is written for my feet instead of the cutesy size size 7-8 narrow feet that I sometimes feel like every other woman has. I’d get to makes the smallest size for a change!

  15. Leslie in MA says:

    That looks interesting. Since my feet have gotten even wider (I never imagined that would be possible but it seems to happen with age) I could use something like this.

    Regards to Mr. Loki!

  16. Deb in PA says:

    Pick me! I make socks for my son and myself. I wear a size 12 wide woman’s shoe and Ben wears a size 18 EEEE shoe, so I make all his socks. It’s the only way he get’s socks that fit.

  17. PamelaR says:

    Oh my gosh!!! This is why I picked up knitting needles again after 50 years. I have BIG (as in HUGE) feet. I wear an 11 or 12 shoe. I’ve never in my life had pretty socks because the socks I can buy have the heel stuck in my instep. lol I have 3/4 of my first sock knit. 🙂 This book would be perfectly wonderful.

  18. Sounds like a lovely book! 🙂
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  19. Oh, please include me in the drawing! I have two lovely people in my life for whom I knit socks, and although I have muddled along on my own, it would be soooo nice to be sure that I’m creating something that would fit them well. Pick me, please!!

  20. My husband would thank you!

  21. Margaret M says:

    If I don’t win, I’m going out to buy it!

  22. This book might. Be the answer to my large feet and I’ll fitting hand made socks.
    Would love to have it .

  23. That book looks pretty cool–I’d love a copy.

    Loki leads such a hard life–he’s been talking to my fur family about how to train the human properly, I’m just sure of it. 🙂

  24. This book looks amazing! It makes me want to KNIT ALL THE SOCKS!

    I absolutely love your blog and can’t wait to see what other crazy things Loki will say. LOL

  25. I would love this book – please choose me 🙂

  26. Suzanne says:

    Sounds like a great sock book! Please enter me into the drawing!

  27. Kelly S says:

    That book sounds wonderful…I always feel like I am measuring my feet wrong, and it could be helpful for that! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  28. Ooooh me, even if i never get past the Vogs on the cover!

  29. Jeanette McKinney says:

    I have quite a few people who deserve some great fitting socks.

  30. This sounds like the perfect book for my big feet. Please put my name in the hat. Thanks!

  31. Deborah says:

    I’d love a copy of this book.

  32. Kim Hummel says:

    Sounds like a fabulous book!

  33. Frankie says:

    That sounds like a great book! I love knitting socks, so thanks for the opportunity to win a copy! Happy knitting. 😀

  34. Peggy Laine says:

    This bopk sounds perfect for someone like me who knits lots of socks. Please include me in the drawing.

  35. My oddly-shaped feet could sure benefit from the information in this book! Thanks for sharing the info with us.

  36. Wendy, I was wondering if I could use this book. I don’t have big feet (size 6), but some of the topics you mention are things that I’ve wondered about. Do you think I could use the general info in this book?

  37. How are you feeling?

  38. I think this would be an awesome addition to my library!

  39. Cool book and thanks for the giveaway!

  40. If ever there was a sock book written for me and my feet…this is it.

  41. Please enter me in the drawing for the ebook! I love to knit socks!

  42. Teresa Dorminey says:

    My beautiful daughter wears size 4-5 X and has feet and legs to match. This would be a blessing, to make more than one pattern of socks with pretty “girly” designs that actually fit well.

  43. I love this book! I bought the hard copy from the Cooperative Press booth at Stitches Midwest last year (and had it signed by Miss Andi Smith herself). I love it because I have fat calves and most sock patterns need some adaptation for them to go high enough for me. So, woo-hoo!
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  44. Sandy Officer says:

    Please include me in the drawing. I love socks and would like to be able to knit for different foot configurations.

  45. Abby call says:

    As a sockaholic and one who is now branching out knitting socks for people with some large feet this would be the perfect book. Besides you can always use another sock book, right?

  46. Wow, that book looks awesome!

  47. I would love this book!

  48. That book sounds wonderful!

    It’s always a challenge to get socks to fit right when knitting them myself, and though my feet are probably no bigger than average, I’d probably find this book a great help in getting socks to just fit right.
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  49. Finally, a book for those of us with big, fat feet! I would love to win this book.

  50. I don’t have big feet, but I do have rather large calves. I would love to learn how to adjust sock patterns to fit properly.

  51. How wonderful — a book with choices for those of us with big feet! I know I’d use it often!

  52. Please, please, oh please! I’d love to own this book.

  53. Sign me up…great for making socks for some of my larger men friends and some of my girl friends too! Thank you very much.

  54. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Oh oh oh! I **AM** a bigfoot! (Women’s size 12 feet!) I would love to give this book a happy and loving home. Thanks, Wendy, for the chance to win! Best to you.

  55. I think this book would be a wonderful addition to my library. I have rather large feet at size 10 1/2 and would love to knit up some of these patterns.
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  56. Fascinating! I’d love to spend some time with that.
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  57. Sounds perfect! I am just starting to knit socks and it sounds like this book just might demystify the process. Thanks for the chance to win :-).

  58. This book is exactly what I need! My daughter and daughter-in-law both wear a larger than
    average sock, and my current patterns are a struggle to work with! Please choose me to receive the book!

  59. Carol77584 says:

    This book sounds perfect for me and my size 12 foot. Would love to have a copy.

  60. SallyBC says:

    Oh lord Wendy, I need this one. My husband wears size 15 Wide shoes and he is always going on about socks. I’d love to knit him a nice pair, but I have no idea in the world how to make them big enough for him.

  61. Barb Hicks says:

    Would love this, always have to adjust sock patterns for my long feet and extra long toes. Thanks for making us aware of it

  62. I love your sock patterns! But would love to have this for my family members with slightly larger fee — DGD wears a size 12 shoe!

  63. CatherineMichelle says:

    I NEED that book!!!! I’ve wanted to knit a pair of socks to my father for years, but never been able to find a chart that fit his large feet and thick legs. I would love to win the giveaway, but if not, I’m sure I’ll buy it!

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  64. Boursin says:

    For someone who wears size 10 shoes, with wide feet, this book sounds awesome!

  65. I would love have this book. I like the math involved! 🙂

  66. Stacey D says:

    Love, love, love sock patterns! And could really use the custom fitting info, as hubby has long narrow feet and wants socks that fit. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  67. I would love to win a copy of this book, both for the reference and the patterns!

  68. Would love to win this

  69. Margaret H. says:

    Please add my name to the drawing for Big Foot Knits.
    I have several “Big Foots” that i knit for.

  70. Linda R says:

    This would be great to win! Thank you!

  71. Linda Broglan says:

    Oh love to have that book, my mom has thick wide feet so hard to find socks that aren’t too tight for her!
    Enter me to win please!
    We’ll try to knit a little quieter Loki<3

  72. Oh man, our family needs this. With 3 women who all wear size 11 shoes we need help!

  73. This book sounds fantastic! Ive been knitting a pair of socks a month this year!

  74. This book sounds fantastic! I’ve been knitting a pair of socks a month this year! What a help this book would be.

  75. Ooooh, ooooh, pick me! I have weirdly shaped feet and thos would be an awesome addition to my collection of sock books!

  76. This sounds like a useful book. The feet run large in my family and I’m forever messing with the math on patterns. It would be a nice change to plug in the numbers one time and knit happily ever after.

  77. I’d love to knit some of these patterns…for myself and others in my family with big feet 🙂

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  78. Sounds like the book that would get me over my fear of spending all that time on socks only to have them not fit- sign me up please!

  79. I’d love to win this ebook. My brother in law has been requesting socks for his size 12 wide feet.

  80. Virginia says:

    Would love this book!

  81. Junglewife says:

    My size 11 feet would love it if I won!

  82. Phyllis says:

    Sounds like a very informative book for measuring your foot. Would like to have it.

  83. Gillian V says:

    It looks super interesting. What a great opportunity!

  84. Lynne in Florida says:

    My next-to-impossible feet will LOVE the information in this book, and save their owner a lot of frustrated hair pulling!

  85. I’d love to have a copy of this book.

  86. My son-in-law is 6′ 5″ and has size 15 feet. Having a guide to help figure out how to knit socks for him would be wonderful! Thanks for an chance to win something useful and fun.

  87. Niki Vogler says:

    Just what I need for my family’s big feet!

  88. MissTam says:

    PICK ME!!!! Both my size 10 and my daughter’s size 10.5 feet would thank you. That looks like a wonderful book.

  89. I am one of those women with very long feet, US size 13AAA. I would love to win this book! Thanks for offering!

  90. Christel says:

    I have short wide feet and sometimes I have trouble fitting socks. This book sounds perfect for me. Thanks, Wendy for sharing with us!

  91. Heather D says:

    My big feet and I would love to win this book!

  92. Denise in Ohio says:

    My flat, narrow, long feet would love the book. Pick me, please!

  93. Kris Peters says:

    Looks like a great book! Pick me please .

  94. Enter me please. I never thought socks could have different toe shapes! Thank you.

  95. I’ll take it, Wendy! Thanks! 🙂 That part about measuring the feet and custom sizing is amazing.

  96. Love the idea of someone else doing the math for me to make a big sock. I usually just work from a formula, but would love to see some custom sized socks. swakins on rav.

  97. Although your sock books have been my bible, this sounds like a handy resource, would love to win.


  98. This new book looks fabulous! My husband has large feet. It would be great to have some guidance on sizing socks for him.

  99. Susan James says:

    Cool book!! I knit socks all the time and have some bigger sizes I’d like to do!!

  100. Alicia Grayson says:

    Awesome book! As an owner of big feet, I can definitely see me using these patterns!
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