Big Foot Knits Giveaway: An Interview With Andi Smith

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Knitting | Comments


Andi Smith, the author of the new book Big Foot Knits, has taken a few moments to share with us more about her knitting, her book, how all knitters can benefit from custom making socks, and some helpful tips for measuring.

Better yet, she’s offering an exclusive giveaway of her book to Craftsy readers!

One lucky winner will win a FREE PDF copy of Andi’s book. To enter, just head here by September 3, 2013. Then, comment on this blog post and let Andi know what part of your vanilla sock pattern you would most like to change and why. We’ll randomly select the winner on September 4, 2013.

But first, let’s learn more about Andi and her new book.

Three Pairs of Feet Wearing Colorful Knit Socks and Heels

Photos via Kristen Caldwell Photography for Big Foot Knits ©Cooperative Press 2013

Hi Andi! Can you start by telling us about your knitting background. How did you learn to knit, how long have you been doing it, and how did you come into designing?

I grew up in a small mining village in Yorkshire. All the women in the family knitted, crocheted and sewed, and I honestly think I picked it up through osmosis. From knitting a few stitches on my mum’s row, to working my own swatches. I’m not quite sure when I progressed from swatches and squares to clothing, but we always knitted school sweaters each year. I loved taking the uniform blue raglan cardigan and sneaking in a subtle stitch pattern, a cabled welt or pockets – anything to make it a little different from everyone else’s.

About 10 years ago, I met Shannon Okey (knitgrrl) and did some sample knitting for her, then worked on some collaborative designs before starting to release my own.

How is Big Foot Knits different from other sock knitting books out there?

Unlike most other knitting books, this one’s sole purpose is to encourage you to become the designer! Much like working through a tutorial or knitting class, the first half of this book takes you through everything you need to first create a good, plain vanilla sock that fits your individual shape. Using worksheets and tutorials, and making step-by-step decisions on your shape and fit, by the end of the first half of the book, you have all the tools you need to knit comfortable, well-fitting socks.

The second half of the book gives you a dozen patterns that were specifically designed for you to manipulate and easily customize to create the best fitting sock possible. From custom toe and heel boxes to shaping cuffs, legs and feet, the book covers it all!

What kind of knitter would benefit from the information in Big Foot Knits?

It’s funny, even though the book is called Big Foot Knits, it’s a great resource for “small foots” too. Pretty much anyone who wants to create a sock that fits their actual shape rather than a generic tube will benefit from the book.

My hope is that once you’ve worked through the chapters, you’ll have the know-how and confidence to make those socks you’ve always longed for.

View of Feet Wearing Blue Knit Socks and Heels

What is your advice to knitters who may be intimidated by sock knitting?

My advice is to dive in and do it — don’t worry about it being perfect, don’t worry about making mistakes — it’s only knitting! Find a local knitting guild or SnB, or local LYS that has a class. Oftentimes, knitting with others gives you the confidence you need to be successful.

But really, my best advice is to dive in and see what happens! Your first sock may not be perfect, nor your second, but that’s OK! Just keep practicing, and pretty soon, your confidence level will grow.

Do you have a favorite pattern in the book?

I love Marama. I’m knitting my third pair right now, and just love working this sock. Not only are the cables seriously pretty, but the swath of stockinette that surrounds them is the perfect place to make those shaping changes I need to get a great fitting sock.

Close up on White and Green Knit Garment
Photo via ©Andi Smith 2013

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Tough question! It’s difficult to pin down one specific thing, so I’ll answer in two parts.

1. Yarn. I’m crazy about the way different yarns lend themselves to a stitch pattern. I’ve been known to completely change a pattern design once I’ve started working with a yarn because the fiber or color works better with a different stitch.

When I was designing the Queen Street Cardigan, seen below, I changed the lace pattern about four times until I hit upon the perfect combination that flowed into each other in a seamless and visually pleasing way.

Yello Knit Garment

2. Stitch patterns. I thoroughly enjoy working a stitch pattern and then seeing where I can take it, how it can be manipulated and taken one step further, or added to. As I design, I find that the right stitch pattern can not only add visual interest to a garment, but also define how it is shaped, where it is shaped and what comes next.

For example, on the Chartres Jacket, seen below, that I worked in Lorna’s Laces Haymarket, the stitch pattern on the bodice created a zigzag pattern, rather than try and constrain that within a straight edge by working a half diamond, I chose to keep the zigzag and created a wonderful bodice treatment.

Woman Against Tree in Snow, Wearing Blue Sweater

What other designers inspire you?

I’m in awe of Brooke Nico and Anna Dalvi. The way they manipulate stitch patterns seems so incredibly effortless and intuitive. They are each masters at their game. I don’t think either of them have published a design I haven’t coveted.

Some knitting tips from Andi Smith

Before you embark on custom sock knitting adventures, it’s vital that you have a measure of your foot and leg. I talk about this at length in the book, but here’s a quick guide to the best way to measure.

Why measure?

Did you know that your feet grow an average of a half size every 10 years? Pregnancy aging, weight gain or loss, and health issues in general can also have an impact on the size and shape of your feet. However, most of us just keep knitting away at the same vanilla sock with 64/72 sts.

If you know what your measurements are, and what your gauge is, then you’re a big step forward in creating a custom sock that fits, skims your curves, is more visually pleasing and generally awesome!

What you’ll need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Flexible tape measure
  • A measuring partner

When to measure:

Get your feet at their grandest — late in the day, when you’ve been standing for a while. This way, you won’t end up knitting socks that are too tight for you.

Stand in bare feet with your feet about a shoulders’ width apart. Relax your calf muscles, and take your measure.

Why work in pairs?

Firstly, everything is more fun with friends, right? But more importantly, you really do need someone else to do the measuring to get an accurate reading while standing upright.

And reciprocate! Don’t forget to measure your friend! I’m sure you’ll both be surprised at how many variances there are!

Now you have your measurements, you’re one step closer to creating that well-fitting sock!

You can learn more about Andi on her blog, knitbrit, and view her pattern store on Craftsy! Beyond that, she has generously offered a PDF copy of her book to one lucky Craftsy reader.

Update: We’ve randomly selected a winner. Congrats to Mags Murray from Hertfordshire, England!

Click here to enter the giveaway and then answer Andi’s question below in the comments for a chance to win!

What part of your vanilla sock pattern would you like to change and why?

Ready to master traditional sock knitting? Craftsy’s here to help! Check out the classes Knit Original Toe-Up Socks and Knit Original Cuff-Down Socks today.

Comments

  1. Jay says:

    I would, as I suspect would most people, really like to shake up the heel of my vanilla sock and get to grips with how to personalise it and make it fit my skinny heel and ankle better.

  2. Karen Watkins says:

    I would most like to know how to change the size of the foot portion. I have short wide feet. I also like to knit socks for others. I would like to be able to do this more confidently from just foot measurements.

  3. Becky says:

    I haven’t attempted sock knitting yet (both for newbie and trouble finding non-wool yarn reasons), but this sounds like it would be right up my alley. I have extra-wide feet, and finding shoes that fit is often difficult. And since I don’t have the knowledge to alter knitting patterns for fitting yet, this would be perfect!

  4. Treetracker says:

    It’s tempting to shout “everything” and leave it at that. :) But if I pick one thing that I always need to change it’s the leg portion of the sock. My calf expands pretty fast above the ankle, but I like my socks to be long enough to go at least 5″ above the ankle. I see a gorgeous pattern, but I can’t figure out the best way to get the extra stitches in that my calf needs.

  5. Glana Ricci says:

    I am newbie in knitting socks, I would like to learn how to change the default action.

  6. Accacia says:

    I have made lots of socks for myself and others – I would like to improve on the toe for my own socks. I have bunions and have a feeling I could do a better job fitting my toes.

  7. Sue says:

    I wear a size ten but haven’t had any issues with the foot. I do however have large ankles and calves. I’d like to know how to increase the top of the sock without messing up the foot.

  8. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book, very useful as well as beautiful.

    I assume the question is general (?) as I couldn’t find the vanilla sock pattern I thought you were referring to. I prefer my socks (vanilla or spicy) to accommodate my wide feet, and for the cuff to fit comfortably wherever it sits (above the ankle, mid-calf, below the knee — I haven’t done above the knee yet!). I’ve done cuff-down but I prefer toe-up so I can get maximum length out of whatever yardage I have. One thing I want to try is fortifying the toes and balls of the feet so they don’t wear out.

  9. Kellie says:

    The calves! I have small feet, but big calves. I usually end up knitting to fit my calves and then end up with too much sock around my feet.

  10. Megan says:

    I am a fan of anything pretty to switch up the cuff section. Actually, my ideal would be a pair of low rise ankle socks with a pretty edge!

  11. Margo Lynn says:

    Since other people have already spoken about width (I am 6EE in adult shoes, or 4EW in children’s) and the leg, I’ll add the toe – I would love to figure out a good way to get a fitted toe on a foot that doesn’t come to a neat point in the middle and has a definite slant from big toe to smallest. Since my foot is short and wide, a straight-scross sock toe doesn’t fit as snugly as I’d like.

  12. Anne Bean says:

    I like to add different stitch patterns, I’m also interested in learning different kinds of heels.

  13. Kathy says:

    I would love a copy of the book! I haven’t knit any socks yet for myself. I would love custom fit socks. I have wide feet and a narrow ankle, so I would love to know how to change vanilla socks. I also love lacey patterns, so I would love to know how to fit patterns with a lace stitch pattern. Thank you!

  14. Kat says:

    I’ve got larger than average calves, so I’d love to be able to adjust that part so it’s not too tight without having to knit an all over larger size so that the foot is then too big.

  15. GerryART says:

    I’d like to see an unusual stitch design incorporated into an uncommon heel

    Love every sock in Big Foot Knits
    pure genius

    Hugs

  16. Michele says:

    I have wide feet and large calves so that is what I am looking forward to the most!

  17. andrea says:

    i’d probably change up the toe, since i’m a bit bored by my normal toe. also, learning more about incorporating sizing into patterns for calf increases is something i’m interested in learning more about!

  18. April says:

    Toe shaping has always been a pet peeve of mine. I think it’s my own fault, the toes always have a boxy look.

  19. Buzzy says:

    The heal

  20. Sara Lawson says:

    I would change the gusset and the heel to better fit my heel. feels like that part is always just a little snug. I am super interested to learn about calf increases as well!!

  21. Amy says:

    These patterns are so cute! I love knitting socks but I need to learn some new knitting techniques like cables so I can make fancier socks. Better cast off and ribbing techniques to help the socks be just stretch enough but still stay up would be great, too. I’d love to check out these patterns. Hope I win! :)

  22. megan says:

    I would love to have an ankle sock, perfect for wearing tennis shoes or slippers.

  23. Sara Miller says:

    I’d love to finish the pair I’ve been working on for over a year now! It’s my first attempt, and I can’t seem to get it right, especially in the heel. I get too frustrated with it and leave it for another project before I get another wild hair to try it again! A book would definitely help!

  24. Kim Cates says:

    I am very new to knitting and would love to learn how to make socks. I have only done a few wash clothes and scarfs. I hope to learn much more this year. :)

  25. Angela Johnson says:

    I like many others here have solid calves, so I too would love to know how to add more stitches to the top without ruining the pattern…

  26. Karla Ricker says:

    I have a great pattern that covers all ranges of sizes of socks and for 3 different weights of yarn. I have adapted different stitch patterns into it to change up the leg design. But I would like to take it further. I like designing my own items but would like some more advise! And look forward to what I could learn from Andi. And as my birthday is this coming weekend, winning this would make it even more special!

  27. Frances says:

    I just need to knit socks! I have yarn and needles-I guess I would change vanilla socks by actually getting them knitted! Change them from a dream to a reality.

  28. Laura says:

    I always enjoy learning new techniques in knitting. To learn to customize socks for my feet would be awesome!

  29. Joanne M. says:

    I would like to add to the calf size and make the socks higher as well in the process.

  30. sara says:

    Heels….want to learn how to put designs in them. Would love your book

  31. Dixie Feller says:

    I have problems with the amount of yarn I need to buy for a set of socks. Knitting a swatch stretches out the yarn, so when I rewind the yarn to make my socks one sock is different from the others.. Sometimes there is a difference in the amount of yarn on a skein of yarn, I knitted one pair of socks from a suggested yarn, I ran out of yarn on the second sock before finishing the toes. I had to solve the problem by unraveling the first sock and knitting the toes in a solid black color, and repeated the black toes on the second sock.

  32. Mylittlecthulhu says:

    I love different methods of creating the heel. It is one of the most fun parts of the sock.:)

  33. Melanie says:

    I would really love to find The Heel – one that always works and I can remember how to do without my notes! And to in/unvent a stretchy cast on that really is stretchy enough to fit over my high-ish instep and heel without getting stuck or cutting off the circulation in my calf….

  34. Ainsley Morris says:

    Gosh. I’m a new-ish knitter. I haven’t tried socks yet. I can’t think of a better way to kick off learning to knit them than to also learn to design them. Hoping it will give me a better understanding. That and I LOVE knitting from other peoples’ patterns, but I’d LOVE to do something that fully comes from me to give as gifts.

  35. Ann says:

    How I love to make socks! My personal sock pattern (for my own feet) is pretty well evolved but I struggle in making socks to fit others (who are not near enough to measure). Cable socks with “hidden ribbing” help. I love several of the design ideas I see in the pictures in this article and would look forward to giving them a try. Good luck to all who enter!

  36. Linda says:

    I like changing the legs on each of my “vanilla” socks. Sometimes all the bumps inside my shoes bother me so I really like to keep the foot part plain.

  37. Cassy Tomlinson says:

    I’d like to try a different heel instead of my usual heel flap.

  38. Knitting Nana says:

    I would like to know how to convert from cuff down to toe up socks, keeping patterns looking the same.

  39. maak says:

    My vanilla sock pattern is fine.

  40. Debbie H says:

    The heels are always too big for me. I would like to learn how to fix that. Thanks!

  41. Deb says:

    I love socks! Would really like to learn how to make a wider calf and a better fitting toe.

  42. Librada says:

    I would change the foot as I have big feet.

  43. carolynrose says:

    Nice interview. I love knitting socks. My biggest problem is big ankles. It difficult for me to manipulate patterns to accommodate my measurements.

  44. Lisa says:

    I would love to make them knee-highs instead of just ankle socks.

  45. Linda says:

    I knit socks constantly and my girls have very narrow feet and could use help customizing to their feet.

  46. Michelle says:

    I would love to learn different heels and different toes.

  47. Amy says:

    I would like to be able to fit my larger calves better while incorporating cables into the design.

  48. Audrey Martin says:

    I have knit about 14 pairs of socks the only vanilla I have done were the first pair which were unwearable; and my last pair because the yarn called for plain. The first thing I would change is the heel as I am still looking for one that works better for me. I only recently learned there were many variaous heels.

  49. Bobbie Howard says:

    the instep height and width is hard for me. My feet are wide and my instep is high :(
    Boys socks fit well, but I do not want boy socks

  50. Marion, Keeper of the Knitronomicon says:

    Really, just tweaks – like how to accommodate my high instep, better heel shapings, adding stitches at the top of the leg for my fat calves without upsetting any stitch pattern.

  51. Perri Krom says:

    Wow – this book looks great. I love to knit socks and am always looking for great patterns. Hope I win.

  52. Connie says:

    I’d love to do some slinky decreases or maybe ribbing through the arch for a snug fit, socks that fit well through the arch feel soooo good ;)

  53. Sheila says:

    I’m in search of the perfect heel. I like to knit my socks toe-up and have generally done a gusset, heel flap type heel, which fits fairly well, but no perfectly.

  54. Becca Jordan says:

    I so want knee high socks but I have large calf. I don’t know how to increase to make this happen correctly..

  55. roslyn nielsen says:

    i would love one of your sock books it would help me to change portions as in short or long legs and feet

  56. Christine S. says:

    Like many, calves, calves, calves! Finding a way to incorporate decorative design that isn’t a nightmare to accommodate when it comes to calves. Adding a twist to this problem is one is larger than the other (significantly). The only vanilla thing I know to do for this is a rib stitch which gives me more “stretch” to accommodate and switch of needle size for the other leg *ugh* makes for some very vanilla “same ol same ol” ill fitting socks!

  57. Cyndy says:

    I love working short rows so I’m good with the heels. Id like to change the fit as the pattern goes up the leg. My daughter insists on thigh high socks.

  58. roslyn nielsen says:

    i love vanilla socks and would love and cherish a sock book . thank you

  59. Melissa Vink says:

    My least favourite part is dealing with the calf as a have a wider calf than foot and following the pattern as is usually equals a sock not fitting exactly as I like. It’s had to figure out adjustments with socks that have a lot of patterning in them so this would be awesome to learn some tips on and how to do it. I’d also love the confidence to make friends and family members socks that will fit them nice just off of their measurements and feel sure that they will fit nicely. Sounds like a great book and either way I can’t wait to dig in and learn!! Thank you for the chance!

  60. I’d like to change the toe; wedge toes aren’t the best for my pointy toe section.

  61. SusanH says:

    I need to figure out how to make the socks fit more snugly on my small feet! I also prefer short cuffs on my hand knitted socks…makes them knit up so much faster! I LOVE the cabling in the Marama pattern!

  62. Beth says:

    HiId like to say I have tried lots of different knit items but have never attempted socks or mittens. It should have been my Grandma to teach me but she’s to that age.. I wish I would have took the opportunity sooner. why not you to take her place. Many thanks, Beth

  63. Tracey O'Brien says:

    I fell in love with knitting socks a few years ago, and they are totally my ‘go to’ thing to do. I guess, luckily, the first pattern I came across worked perfectly for my feet… however, the more socks I have knitted for other people, the more I have become aware that feet are different and ‘stretchy’ (so it fits) may mean the socks ends up as slouchy bedsocks… I’ve recently knit for a diabetic and someone on cancer treatment and ensuring the socks stay on and solve problems not create problems is vital!
    Customising to fit makes so much sense and your book sounds a fantastic way to learn! (I’ll be bookmarking this article anyway!)
    For myself, I love changing stitch patterns and design structure and am always on the look out for the ‘perfect’ sock – which is easy to knit and keeps my wits about me!

  64. maze says:

    Why should I change anything?

  65. Mara Livingstone-McPhail says:

    I have a very narrow top of my heel, and pattern changes sometimes are required so a sock does not bunch up here, but I generally can get it to sit right now on my cuff-down socks. Toe-up is a whole different battle.

  66. Alison D says:

    Having never knitted a pair of socks before, my dream would be just to be able to just be able to knit a pair that fit me! A good fit around the toe would be great though. Being a Yorkshire lass myself, I kind of feel inspired to try now :)

  67. Lynn Williams says:

    I love knitting socks! I would love to knit socks for my family that really fit. This sounds like the perfect solution. It would especially help me to knit perfectly-fitting socks for my grandaughter. Due to issues at birth, she has two very differnt sized feet.

    I would also love to knit knee socks, but due to my large calves, have not attempted it. Hope something in the book will help with this.

  68. Connie Tessier says:

    I’d like to make a nice fitting ankle and heel for my feet, with some give for swelling ankles.

  69. Sheila says:

    I have a high instep and very short toes which can be difficult to fit comfortably.

  70. Elise says:

    I would like to see some variations on heels. Would also love this book!

  71. Debby says:

    Would love to learn some new knitting techniques – love knitting socks for my family & friends. They are a year around knitting project as they easily fit in my bag to carry wherever I go.

  72. rebecca says:

    I’ve only knit one pair of socks in the four years I’ve been knitting, but after reading this I may actually be persuaded to give it another go. I have huge feet (US Women’s 13) so of course no “pretty” socks fit me, and although I can purchase men’s socks, unless they’re designed for a drag queen they’re not “pretty”, either!

  73. Trish says:

    I really like store socks that have that extra fit around the arch that makes my foot feel like it is cuddled and supported (I have very high arches and any support is welcome!). I would like to ry a method of may double knitting, or making this area double snug on the bottom, while maintaining the regular pattern on the top of the foot.

  74. Mieka Coppinger says:

    I’d like to be able to knit for a short, wide diabetic foot, so my husband doesn’t have to spend $40 a pair of socks that hurt his feet.

  75. Sia says:

    I’d like to add some cables, that would symmetrically mirror each other on each sock! Thanks for the chance of winning this book!

  76. Laura S. says:

    I have never knitted socks so I have no idea how or what to change. I am ready and willing to learn!

  77. Jean says:

    I wear size 10.5 shoes and can never get socks to fit right. So my vanilla sock needs to fit perfect so I could move up to fancy stitches. I can’t seem to manage both at the same time. Your patterns look lovely. Thanks

  78. Christine says:

    I have a long and very narrow foot. I have trouble getting my heels to fit. I do need some help and this book might be the answer!

  79. Pat Cagle says:

    I’d like to change the heel design of my socks. I’m experimenting with Cat Bordi’s Sweet Tomato Heel right now!

  80. kay says:

    ThankYouThankYou for writing this book!!
    I absolutely love to knit socks, in fact, why did I learn to knit! … So I could knit my own socks!!!
    It would totally make my day if I could win a copy of this book so I could learn how to change the heels in my socks for a perfect custom fit. I wear clogs to show off my socks and there is always just a little too much heel fabric ….. HandKnit- SocksRock

  81. Karen says:

    I’d love to have socks that stay up! I’ve solved it by knitting short cuff socks, but that isn’t a great answer. I’d also like heels that fit better, without being so baggy.

  82. Barbara says:

    I knit at a looser gauge than most. I’d like to know how to change the stitch count so I don’t have to rely on patterns calling for 64 stitches on size 0 needles.

  83. Carol Arsenault says:

    I would love to find an easy and convenient bind off that isn’t too tight. This seems to be my biggest problem since I usually knit toe up. Binding off more loosely doesn’t do the trick.

  84. Lisa says:

    I have a very narrow foot and am always having to adjust patterns so they fit my foot. Sometimes it works out perfectly sometimes not so much. Heels are the most difficult followed by the toes.

  85. Kathy says:

    I can never get toes to fit right.

  86. Pascale says:

    I’ve knit only one pair of socks. Knowing now that there is a way to customize them appeal to me, since I never wear the pair I’ve knitted… It doesn’t fit well…
    just to learn how to do the hell in a better way will be for me, a big plus.
    thanks for this opportunity.

  87. Maggie says:

    What part of your vanilla sock pattern would you like to change and why?

    I’d like to add some real stretch to the top cuff, enough room for my calves and some cool cabling!

  88. Renee says:

    I would love to have some different ways to work heels as opposed to the basic slipped stitch heel flap. I would also like to work on the toes so make them a little less boxy.

  89. I would like to be able to, more confidently, make socks from just foot measurements. I am getting better, but still feel concerned about them fitting properly

  90. Belinda says:

    I entered to win the new sock book, but didn’t see a place to comment on the entry, so I’m doing it here. My plain vanilla sock pattern is from the 1940′s and I have had excellent success with it fitting well as long as I stick to the # of stitches that works for me. On Cascade Fixation yarn, which is really stretchy, the socks hug my foot nicely. Here’s my problem with sock knitting – knitting pattern in the socks from a commercially available pattern is hard for me because I’m not sure whether the pattern will make the sock too tight for my “ample ankles”. Nothing worse than knitting a sock and not having it fit. Almost all of my 15 pr. of handknit socks have been plain vanilla for that reason. This book would be so good for me to be able to figure out how to make socks with patterns that will fit.

  91. Purlia says:

    I have different sized feet and I need to learn how to knit my own socks so that I do not have one loose sock or one tight sock that leave blisters. I look forward to making socks that I can wear comfortably and show off. I am learning cables now and want to learn lace. I have a lot of ideas for pretty socks! :)

  92. Donna Gerber says:

    I’d need to change the calves to make them wide enough and have the tops elastic enough to get over my wide feet while still staying up once they were on. And I don’t want them to be plain vanilla, but pretty!

  93. Rene B says:

    I can knit a pretty good plain vanilla pair of socks with self striping or self patterning yarn. I want to know how to make the heel area fit better…mine are too loose, and I want to know how to change colors so I can choose my own solids to stripe with.

  94. joetta d says:

    DEFINITELY THE TOP PORTION
    I would like it a little more stretchy

  95. Sharonknits says:

    I would like to change the toe shaping on socks to match
    the actual shape of a real foot. Most people do not have
    the center of their toes be the longest length needed.
    Socks need to be longer at the big toe side of the sock.

  96. DeeAnna M says:

    I want to learn better ways to expand sock tops to accommodate calf size.

  97. Ginnie Hayes says:

    The only thing I would like to change on a vanilla sock is the heel, you could make it as jazzy as you like and no-one would ever know……. except you!!!

  98. Bronwyn says:

    I’m newly diabetic, so the thing I would change is roomier toes. My sock hand knit and store bought always feel tight in the toes. I would probably learn how to make slouchy socks too…I’m not sure why I haven’t figured that out yet. lol

  99. Mindy says:

    My boyfriend would LOVE a pair of 100% cotton socks (which are surprisingly difficult to find.) I’ve never tried knitting socks before so I would love to make a pair for him!

  100. Maggie says:

    I want some variety in the heels – heel flaps, short rows, etc. and how they work into the patterns.

  101. susan says:

    I’d love to know when and how to change the instep size. I can’t tell from patterns if the instep will be large enough until I try the sock on. I know by increasing the number of stitches I pick up along the heel flap I will make a larger instep, but I’d like to know how to determine if it needs increasing, and by how much, before I actually knit that area. This book looks like a future well used one in my library and I sure hope I win a copy! Thanks for the chance!

  102. Catherine says:

    Would love to make my mom some socks that would not aggravate her diabetic neuropathy.

  103. Robin stokes says:

    Larger sizes and taller

  104. Christine says:

    I’d love to know how to adjust the calf, no matter what the pattern.

  105. OHSue says:

    I would love to learn some new heel techniques, I seem kind of stuck on the flap and gusset heel.

  106. Doreen says:

    I like working with aran weight and cables, so I guess I like squooshy winter boot socks.

  107. Karen Evans says:

    I would love to knit a perfectly fitting sock for my 83 old mother whose feet are permanently swollen to some degree but also very cold. She finds the ribbed tops of ‘bought’ socks too tight to tolerate. My standard vanilla pattern is too small to accommodate the extra width required and without guidance I am unable to work out exactly how to make the whole sock wider.

  108. Pat C says:

    Would love to make socks that actually fit people!

  109. hc1951 says:

    I knitted my first pair last year for my daughter & it went pretty well, but I still haven’t had the courage to try to knit a pair for my husband’s 16EEE feet; I suspect an instep challenge ;-)

  110. Nancy says:

    I would like to start adding patterns to my socks.

    thanks for the giveaway

  111. Jeanne S says:

    The toe Andi, the toe. I am a direct descendant of Fred Flintstone – they go straight across – and they’re wide. If I’m not lucky enough to win, I will be buying the book!

  112. Joyce H. says:

    I would like to work on changing up the calf portion – my long socks always slide down!

  113. Robyn says:

    I would add a little spice to the leg. Not too much, that I can’t knit on the go, but something to keep it exciting! I may also switch up the heel!

  114. Tanya says:

    My daughter has to wear leg braces (afos). It’s so hard to find socks that are small in the foot but long enough to go almost over her knees so the braces don’t rub on her skin. Would love to try this out.

  115. Rani M says:

    I would change most of it. My feet are large and narrow and I have very skinny calves compared to my shoe size. I couldn’t find the pattern so I’m posting based on my normal issues with socks and shoes.

  116. I would really like to customise the pattern and also change the size of my vanilla sock to fit my thin heels.

  117. Jackie says:

    I would change the calf, my feet may be long but the width of a med sock works well. My socks don’t stay up or I cannot pull them up because they are too tight. I have tried knitting with larger needles to no avail. I would love to know what to do to make socks that fit perfectly, my dream.

  118. pj says:

    I have lipedema and because of it I have normal feet but very large area just over the ankle bone…I need help making toe up socks that fit the foot then increase a lot for the leg.

  119. Roz says:

    Firstly, hello to a Yorkshire Lady from a Yorkshire Lady!
    As with many others, how to accommodate a large sized calf and a shallow, narrow but long foot, especially within a stitch pattern. My son works outdoors so wants socks that are mid-calf height, but, he doesn’t want any fancy coloured yarns! Sadly therefore, the socks I knit him must be plain coloured, so to make it more interesting for me to knit, I would love to know how to accommodate decreases within a stitch pattern.

  120. anna says:

    nothing like fabulous yarn into fabulous socks!

  121. Creativekc says:

    I love all the color and diversity of stitch patterns being used in sock patterns now, socks are no longer boring So I am exploring both. My niece is expecting so I now have the opportunity to created a bunch of mini socks, I am really excited about the baby, and kind of excited about mini socks.

  122. Melanie hayes says:

    I think larger calfs and wider feet, I am a big girl and have bunions. So although socks have some give, I would like to make a pair that actually fit me

  123. patrice says:

    I would add some cables for some added texture!

  124. Kaz says:

    I would change the ribbing to a lacy type rib as want it to be extra stretchy at the top as my legs n ankles can swell sitting at my desk at work all day and conventional socks sometimes dig in :(

  125. MelodyJ says:

    I would change the sides of the sock.

  126. MarciaC says:

    I’m still pretty new at knitting socks, but I would like to change the heel so that I don’t end up with holes. So far I haven’t quite figured out how to pick up the stitches after the turn without ending up with holes.

  127. Mary says:

    I’d change the heel.

  128. Jill C. says:

    I’d change my cast off–it is always too loose or too tight.

  129. Sarah-Jayne Windridge-France says:

    Wow – these patterns are FABULOUS … I’d simply make them a little longer at the top and wider … so they’d chunk up and be snuggly in my welly boots. These socks would be just the ticket for my son, Archie who ALWAYS has cold feet. (He’s a wheelchair user) In winter we have real problems keeping his toes warm and these beauties are the way forward. My fingers are firmly crossed! x

  130. Gwen Settle says:

    The way I would like to change my vanilla sock is where you transition between the gussets to working the foot of the sock. On mine they always seem a bit baggy in that area.

  131. Mortson says:

    I’m interested in arch shaping in sock patterns – most of my patterns ignore the underside of the foot, but my daughter has high arches and prefers a snug fit under her foot. As a result she rarely wears the socks I’ve made for her- although she’s a teen, so who knows why, really!

  132. Sasha says:

    I have long admired socks knit by others but I’ve felt too intimidated to try them myself. You make it sound like such fun and have such great ideas for creating beautiful, well-fitting socks that I now see how that could change. With your help, I’m betting I could become a knitter of just wonderful socks!

  133. klhwalker says:

    I very much appreciate custom crafted clothing. It is such a luxury to wear something in a color, style, and size that I like. I would like, as so many others have mentioned, to learn how to do this. Also, I have failed at accomplishing another aspect of customization with socks. I like very fine stiches rather than larger bulkier ones. I have always wondered how this look was achieved. Is it only possible with a machine?
    Thank you for creating this new book!
    K

  134. Anita Cruywagen says:

    I would only change the shoes the socks are worn with – the socks themselves are perfect!

  135. Christine says:

    I’m going to learn to knit socks – mostly because we like the wonderful sock patterns and colours. The one size fits all socks don’t really fit and I would love to be able to make socks that fit…