10 Secrets to Sock Success

Crochet socks are fun to make and my personal favorite. I make them and wear them more than any project. In fact, I’ve made over 100 pairs in the last few years. Socks are fun to make, comfortable, and quick to stitch!

Today, I’ve compiled a quick list of ten secrets to sock success that’ll have you crocheting pair after pair.

  1. Row gauge doesn’t really matter a whole lot, to be honest. You can always add and subtract rows as you see fit. You’ll absolutely need to get stitch gauge down, however. Without that, you’ll have a sock ill-fitting and unwearable.
  2. Always choose a yarn that has wool in it. If not, your sock won’t wear well and the stretch will be off. Choose at least a bit of wool and you’ll be setting yourself up for success.
  3. For a nice, dense sock that will last longer, crochet the foot of the sock with a hook one size smaller than the pattern calls for, of course depending on the yarn it may alter fit. This is best done with a small bit of trial and error.
  4. If you’re not getting gauge and having a tough time getting gauge try using a hook made with a different material (wood or plastic or metal) or a hook with a different size shaft. These can affect gauge a great deal.
  5. Cotton yarn will not work. Period.
  6. The cuff of the socks needs to be just right. Too tight and they’ll fall down. Too loose and they’ll fall down. If you’re a tight crocheter try a hook size larger. A loose crocheter, try a hook size smaller. Try working a ribbing of back loop single crochet in rows, it creates the perfect cuff in crochet.
  7. If you love crocheting toe-up socks, learn how to work a star toe. It’s easy and amazing. It looks great and it incredibly comfortable. Not to mention, it works up incredibly fast. A short row heel is also beneficial with toe up socks!
  8. If you tend to wear out the heels and toes of your socks, try using a strand of nylon thread with the yarn working the heel flap, the heel turn, and toe shaping. If your yarn includes nylon, this extra bit will only help the sock last that much longer.
  9. When washing your socks, don’t be afraid to handwash them in a bit of dish detergent and warm water. Soak them for 20 minutes, then squeeze out all extra water. Lay flat to dry, and you’ll be all set.
  10. Try working both socks at the same time. By working a few rows of one and then a few rows of another, it allows you to avoid second sock syndrome and it ensures both socks are exactly the same.
10 Secrets to Sock Success