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Interactive Sock Calculator

Interactive Sock Calculator

You guys know sock knitting is not my thing, right?  But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to help all you knitters and loom knitters out there who enjoy it.   I salute all of you, sock knitters, who take the time to work the thousands of tiny stitches needed to make a sock.  And then you do it all over again to make it’s mate.  Nobody likes socks that don’t fit.  (Well, except for a few people who REALLY embraced the slouchy sock trend back in the 80’s.)  To help you get the perfect fit I’ve developed the Sock Calculator!

Swatch it!

By entering a few measurements the calculator will tell you the correct number of cast on stitches and help you figure out your short rows for the heel and toe.  Make sure you knit your swatch using the same yarn, needles/loom and stitch pattern you plan to use for your sock!  For more help check out the article Swatching or Making a Gauge Swatch.

Measure it!

You need one basic measurement to figure out sock making: the widest part of the foot.  Typically, this is going to be the ball of your foot.  The easiest way to take this measurement is to wrap a flexible measuring tape around your foot.  If you don’t have one, a non-stretchy piece of yarn, like cotton, works well.  Wrap the yarn around your foot and mark it then measure the length with a ruler.  NOTE: If you’re not able to take exact measurements, that’s okay.  The following charts provide some average foot measurements that you can use.  These are especially useful if you like to make socks for gifts.

Sock Measurement Chart Baby to Adult #goodknitkisses #knitsocks #knitting #loomknitting #knit
Sock Yardage Chart Toddler to Adult #goodknitkisses #knitsocks #knitting #loomknitting #knit

Calculate it using the Sock Calculator!

The sock calculator will give you the number of stitches to cast on, the number of stitches to work for your heel/toe section and even recommend how many stitches to short row on either side of your heel/toe.  NOTE: This calculator is designed to give some recommendations based on basic sock construction and assumes you will knit a short-rowed heel and toe.

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Enjoy your socks!

Pat Perkins

Friday 12th of March 2021

Hello Kristen, I'm a sock newbie and so far can follow a pattern. I remember years ago a German friend of mine who was able to knit a sock without a pattern. At that time I didn't give it much thought. Now I am wondering how did she figure out how many stitches to knit, before decreasing and turning the heel row. Say, I have counted 6 stitches/inch, and 9 inches around the ball of my foot, am a size 9 shoe. I see above that this works out to cast on 49 stitches (on what size needles as I am using 5 mm) heel/toe section says 25 and stitches to short row is 8 on either side of heel toe section. I do not understand what this means. I understand Knit 2 together and ssk determines how it looks on the sock and how the decrease angles. I find that sock knitting is so fulfilling and calms me down so much. I want to be able to knit for any size foot big or small and figure out my own patterns by knitting a swatch. I would be thrilled to know how to do this. BTW are you Norwegian? My son was a peacekeeper for Canada and met and married his Norwegian wife while on duty in Kuwait. He has lived in Norway 28 yrs. I have been learning the language for many years. I love Norway.

Patricia Maska

Monday 19th of July 2021

Pat- Here's what I *think* she is saying. The way this is set up is to knit top down. Although she says to cast on 49 stitches, I would cast on 50 because you will probably want to do a rib for the top part. So knit however much you want for ribbing at the top -- I personally like a nice wide ribbing -- 2 inches of stitches. Rib can be either 1x3 (1 stockinette x 3 purl) or 2x2 (2 stockinette and 2 purl). Then start your stockinette stitch and knit until you get to the ankle. Now imagine your sock has a front and a back - the top and the bottom. The '25' is one half of the 50 stitches you cast on. For the heel, move 25 stitches to a cable (or even just a piece of yarn). Drop those stitches (make sure you put them onto a cable, or you will lose them!) because you won't use them until your heel is done. Now you will work on the heel section, which is 25 stitches. The pattern calls for short row for 8 stitches on each side, so you will have 9 stitches left that are not worked, like this: \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ / / / / / / / /. When you have 9 stitches left, you will start to pick up those 8 stitches (Knit, pick up and knit one from short row, turn, purl, pick up and purl one from the other short row). When you have 25 working stitches, add back the 25 you dropped. Continue in stockinette until you get to the toe. You will work the decreases on both the top and the bottom. (Top:k2tog, knit until you have 3 stitches left, ssk; Bottom: ssk, knit until you have 3 stitches left, k2tog) You are done when you have 9 stitches on both top and bottom.. Kitchener stitch the toe. Hope this helps!

Kendra Fletcher

Monday 30th of November 2020

Thank you for your work on this! I really appreciate it for a pattern I'm deciphering in another language.


Friday 6th of March 2020

I love the calculator, but I'm not understanding "Stitches to short row on either side of heel/toe section". I'm on my 7th pair of socks, so I'm not a total newbie! Just a little guidance on what this pertains to would be wonderful!

Jeanne A. Gritton

Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Looks informative and interesting!


Friday 13th of September 2019

Hi I am confused about whether to calculate the foot mearsurement around the ball inches or centermetres. I don't know how to tell the calculator that I want to work in cm


Friday 10th of January 2020