My current work in progress:

Stornoway, designed by Alice Starmore from her book Fishermen’s Sweaters, knit in Frangipani 5-ply guernsey wool in the Aran colorway, on a 3.0mm needle.

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. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    Oh I knit for so many with different size more to larger size I would love. Oh there is my fuzzy boy! Your scarf is gorgeous too I doo like their yarn.

  2. Donna C. says:

    this is a wicked cool idea for a book!!. Will buy if I don’t win!. Would be nice to win though!! 🙂

  3. What a great book, so many wonderful helps for those of us with big legs/feet. Thank you for the chance to win.

  4. I want the book too just like everyone else….pick me!!!

  5. This book looks amazing!

  6. Nancy Thone says:

    Finally a pattern book for larger feet – and directions for foot shaping! A must have for me.

  7. Sharon Duysen says:

    I just love socks and sock patterns. Curious about the toe shapes and other info that one doesn’t usually see in sock books. I’d love to have that book.

    Thanks for bringing this to my (our) attention!

    Slowknit45 (Sharon)

  8. Sharon Duysen says:

    Wendy, any possibility you can find out where they got these shoes???? A name, a site, ANYTHING that would help find these shoes!!!!


  9. Oooh, me, please! I’m a 9.5wide with high arches,my husband is a flat footed 13WW, and if anyone could use some help, it’s this girl!

  10. This book sounds very interesting to me. Sock patterns and purchased socks never truly fit my long, narrow feet. I wear a size 10 AAA or AAAA.

  11. My feet are so large and my 2nd toe so long that I can only wear Birkinstocks….. I’m sure one can imagine how beneficial this book would be. I would finally feel like actually knitting socks

  12. Michelle says:

    I’m in! I have some big feet and a love for perfecting my sock making techinique!

  13. Most definitely a book to have when learning socks. Best to learn the proper way to make a sock before learning bad habits and expecting feet to fit the patterns! Please include me in the drawing!

  14. Oh Wendy, I would l o v e to win that book!! I am a sock knitter and make socks for my Sis and myself. I used to knit socks for everyone, friends, family, all the new babies….but my New Years resolution was that I’m 66 and not knitting any faster, so it’s just for me and Sis now.
    That book looks amazing and I would so love to make some new socks for us with those measurement charts and patterns!
    Your new scarves, shawls and Loki are looking gorgeous!! I’m waiting to get new ink cartridges to print out the start of the Summer KAL!!!
    Hope you all have a wonderful summer.

  15. I just looked at Rivalry and these socks are gorgeous. And you are right the shoes are are good looking too. This said, having large calf and ankles, I always to fort and re-frog my poor socks. This books would be perfect. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you.

  16. The boook looks great. Hope it gets to come live at my house. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Amy Schulze says:

    Sounds like a great book! I have trouble getting knit socks to fit all the time!

  18. My size 13 fat feet are demanding I enter this drawing!

  19. I would love this book! With size 12 feet, it is always a challenge to find stock patterns that for our can be adjusted to fit these big feet of mine.

  20. Circumference of 13″? You mean there exist patterns I don’t have to modify for width as well as length? Most of my socks are my own design because altering a pattern to fit a 13EEEE woman’s foot is just ridiculous in most cases.

  21. I won another sock knitting book from you recently, so please choose someone else if you pick me, but I just had to comment. Because my feet are not large in circumference, I never would have given this book a second glance. I am so happy you reviewed it. I have a high arch and narrow ankles that makes proper fit on anything that doesn’t have a long heel flap and ribbing problematic. I think I might be able to get more of the great looking sock designs that don’t fit that criteria to work for me with the aid of this book. Thanks, Wendy!

    PS: I’m enjoying the leisurely pace of this year’s MKAL. The design is really lovely.

  22. I’d love to win the book, since my DH has large feet and awkard toes 🙂

  23. Debbie H says:

    Looks like a great book. I would love to win it!

  24. auntiemichal says:

    I must win this book for my cat who is also called Big Foot! He got his name because he thumps as if with big feet when he walks.

    BTW, I’m on about repeat 9 of my juniper-colored mystery shawl! Thanks, Wendy and Loki for the fun.

  25. My DH just announced that he wanted knitted socks for this coming winter…but he has the weirdest feet ever recorded in history! I could so use this book…random generator, PLEASE pick me! Thank you. Thank you very much.

  26. Judy J. says:

    Love that foot chart! This book is a big foot bonanza!

  27. Cindy Lynne says:

    I would love this book as my feet are slightly deformed from polio and are 2 different sizes, a 4.5 and a 6. I always end up with a wad of sock by the toes on my smaller foot!

  28. What a great prize. Socks are my favourite thing to knit and this would be a great resource for getting that perfect fit.

  29. Margaret says:

    I am a saskwatch, from a saskwatch family. Please help!

  30. Jules O says:

    This book sounds interesting especially about the different kind of feet there are! I certainly would love to have a look at this, as I don’t have long feet, but have very wide feet!

  31. My, what a response – who knew there were so many knitters with feet like mine? None the less, I NEED this book! Please?
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  32. Midnite Baker says:

    Count me in. Need a contoured pattern for my feet.

  33. I make loads of socks and this would be really useful! It sounds great – please enter me in the draw.

    Penny Peberdy´s last blog post ..WOWW

  34. sounds like a really interesting book, count me in.

  35. Sounds like quite a scholarly approach to socks. Count me in.

  36. Lee Long says:

    You always get the most awesome things to review. Lucky you. And your reviews are always spot on. Thank you.

  37. Robin P. says:

    I love those sloping toes! I have weird toes:) Please include me in the drawing.

  38. Stardancer says:

    What a great book concept! I’d love a copy!

  39. Suzie Grate Picciano says:

    Sounds perfect for knitting socks for the feet in my family!

  40. Looks like a great book for all the sock yarn I just ordered!

  41. Charlotte says:

    I knit two pair of socks a couple of years ago just to see if I could. They were sooooo much easier than even the first turtle that I began my knitting with the year before. If I won, I’d give the book to a member of my knitting group to knit socks to size for friends who go to dialysis. I used to take one friend twice a week until she died. As with everyone else there with legs visible, her legs were way too swollen for any socks except very, very, very expensive prescription ones.

  42. This book looks interesting, I have a high instep so certain heels don’t work for me, I always have to tweak.

  43. Monica Cortada says:

    Oh, dear! If I don’t win, I’m going to have to buy this book. My daughter wears a size 12 woman’s shoe and I’m a avid sock knitter. I started knitting and wearing my own hand knit socks because my ankles get a bit swollen after teaching children all day.

  44. I have big feet, as do both of my sons. Would love to receive this book!

  45. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    I have medium size feet, I think, but I have trouble getting socks to fit right. This sounds like the perfect book for me.

  46. Adrienne Sanders says:

    I would love, love, love that book! I wear a size 11 wide shoe, so… yeah, sounds great!

  47. This book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy 🙂

  48. Certainly a must have book for me! Every female in my family has a big size foot . They ask me to knit sock but I just can’t figure out how to make them size I have just regular sock patterns . I really just don’t know where to begin. This is really a wealth of imformation book for me . Thanks for the imformation Wendy. Loki is really developing into his own.

  49. Sarah Taylor says:

    Ooo I have 3 different styles of toes in my house! The patterns are lovely too.

    Overflo (rav id)

  50. Pat Converse says:

    Pick me, pick me … I would definitely love to have this book.

  51. This sounds like a great book! It makes sense to figure out these fit issues before knitting your socks. The ones I have made so far all have room for improvement!

  52. EditorSusan says:

    Thanks for the review of the “Big Feet” book — and for the picture of the adorable Loki. Please choose me for the book prize!

  53. Janet Arthur says:

    I’d love a copy – finally a book to address my oddly shaped toes – terrific idea!

  54. Thank you for featuring this book! My family has long feet, short feet, wide feet, slim feet and tiny feet and every combination in between. I would love to get my hands on this book.I’m going to hunt a hard copy of it down as well to give to a friend.

  55. This sounds like a great book for us sock knitter. I have just ask the shoe size and go with that. Maybe I need to ask more of the person I knit for.

  56. Alice in Portland says:

    Wow. THat looks like a great book. I’d love to have a copy!

  57. I would love this book for the fitting instructions.

  58. Loki is adorable!

  59. Martina Norelli says:

    I swear by your own Basic sock pattern as my template, but my daughter and I both have longer feet and this sounds just our cup of tea. Would love it.

  60. Jill McKibben says:

    Would love a copy of the book. Am also enjoying the mystery knit-a-long.

  61. The book sounds very interesting and informative. Please include me in the draw.

  62. Another wonderful draw.

  63. Well, my feet aren’t really big (size 8’s), but I have short chunky legs and would love some guidance on covering them with handknit knee socks! I keep buying cute long socks, only to have to gve them away to my DD–grrr! Only a cat could look absolutely charming in that position; sweet dreams little Loki.
    AnnBan on Ravelry
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..Twice in one week

  64. I would really love to have that book… My feet (size 11) are the smallest in my home… My poor, darling daughter wears a 13, son a 14 and hubby a mere 12. My problems with fitting socks is that just because their feet are long, doesn’t mean they are particularly huge… Also, there are a few bunions and misshapen arches that are side effects of having long feet.

  65. Oh neat! Maybe my husband would finally get a pair of socks from me. :p
    mesha´s last blog post ..Instant Gratification

  66. SuthernGirl says:

    I have been drooling over that book for some time….it would be lovely to knit my first socks from it!

  67. I love sock books so please enter me.

  68. I’d love to win a copy of the e-book. Thanks!

  69. suzanne shattuck says:

    I have been itching to try it in socks but I do have larger feet and feared that they wouldn’t fit me. this book would be great for me!

  70. What a great concept for a book! I have a very wide foot but a narrow heel so I could definitely use this!

  71. I would love this book – to give as a gift to a friend of mine with very short, high-instepped feet. She would be thrilled and I’d be thrilled to have made her day . . . thanks for the chance to win.

    P.J. Coldren

  72. Annie May says:

    I would love to win this, please!

  73. I would love to win that book. Lots of larger sized feet to fit around here.

  74. I have been waiting for a book like this. I have size ten feet and I never get to make those lovely patterned socks for myself. I also knit for two other girls with larger feet. This book would be a wonder addition to my book case. Please add me to the drawing

  75. Looks like it’s a great resource!

  76. Even though the patterns seem geared mostly toward women, I think the information on sizing, options, etc., will be very useful when knitting for men.

  77. Very cool. I have wide feet and this would be awesome, not to mention for my dad’s huge feet! Thanks for the chance to win! (atiffyfit is my ravelry ID, too)
    Tiffany H. (a_tiffyfit)´s last blog post ..{Book Review} FLEDGE, Book 2 of the Junco series, by JA Huss

  78. I can see myself using this book as a reference to knit my husband some socks. It sounds like a great resource.

  79. kathyann says:

    The book sounds great. I have not such big feet as odd shaped feet and it sounds as if this book would be useful.

  80. Sounds like just what I need to really understand socks! I’m getting ready to take the plunge and try now that I have more time to knit. Thanks for the opportunity!

  81. Donna Naas says:

    I had gigantic blisters on a trip I took from ill fitting socks. I would love to know how to fit them properly.

  82. wow this is going on my list ,I need a big foot book and I didn’t know it.

  83. Francine says:

    Wendy, I’m new to knitting socks and would love to have this resource, it sounds like an excellent book. Thank you for your wonderful blog and for giving away this book.

  84. Andrea F. says:

    Nice. I am just learning socks so this would be nice. The hubs has large feet, so maybe someday I will be able to need him a pair.

  85. Mary Ehlman says:

    I’m putting this book on my wishlist!

  86. Linda M says:

    my size 11 wides would love this book

  87. Charlotte says:

    Sounds like a good book. Put me in!

  88. I love Knitting Socks from the Toe Up – i’ts my go-to book, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a good second reference!

  89. Shirley Gallagher says:

    I have big feet, and struggle to adapt regular sock patterns. I would love this book.

  90. Laura Gallagher says:

    Oh I’d love this book. I’m always having to adapt sock patterns to fit my size 11 wide feet, and searching for men’s patterns that aren’t too boring.

  91. I would love the chance to win this book! I never thought I would knit socks, but two years ago I developed rheumatoid arthritis and decided to do something nice for my sore size 11 feet.

  92. Irene O'Neil says:

    What an absolute treasure to anyone’s library. Thanks for the share.

  93. Lisa Waters says:

    I’d love that book, I have big feet 🙂 Please pick me!

  94. Pam Chamberlain says:

    Looks like a great book! Would love it.

  95. This book sounds like a good one for me.

  96. Now this looks like a great book for my library. Lotsa folks out there with “big” feet.
    A tip of the hat to Fats Waller!

  97. Mary Lee says:

    It makes such good sense!

  98. Tiffanie says:

    Oh, big feet! We have those in our family. 🙂

  99. Jill Banning says:

    Dear Wendy,
    My 2 marmalade cats and I want to get our paws on a copy of this useful and intersting book.

  100. Susan (sjanova) says:

    Wow, that is exactly what I need. I’ve been delaying ripping back a pair of socks for the third time — the second version still didn’t fit my sister. Sigh. I could really use the guidance in this book!!