Man Socks

For some reason, knitting socks for men is more complicated than knitting socks for women. Maybe because they are simply bigger...

This post constitutes (most) everything I have learned (so far) about knitting socks for men. It all comes down to this, which I realize is overstating the obvious: men have bigger feet than women. Be warned.

The Cast On

  • Knowing 52 stitches were just about perfect for Lady Socks, decide it is safe to assume a pattern requiring the cast on of 64 stitches will likely be perfect for Man Socks. Notice keyword: likely.
  • Cast on 64 stitches (Madelinetosh Sock in Plaid Blanket) using 9 inch (2.75 mm) circular needles. Immediately decide to switch to the magic loop method.
  • Overcome irritation about slight pooling of the emerald green color (it does improve after the ribbing) and generally try not to think disparaging thoughts about one of my favorite yarn suppliers, which would obviously result in bad Yarn Karma. (Yes, that’s a thing. I promise.)
  • Fret that the subtle stitch detail in the pattern is lost in the busy yarn. Further fret that the color might be too loud. Tell yourself that none of this would be an issue if you were knitting socks for a woman instead.
  • Decide all that fretting was for not. The stitch detail is apparent. The color is perfectly suitable. But yes, knitting socks for a woman would be preferable.

Everything you ever wanted to know about knitting man socks.


  • After several inches, fretting resumes. The socks are HUGE. While the intended future sock recipient (an uncle) is male, he is on the slighter side. Foot size unknown, but there is still time for investigative research to that regard. Insist husband try on the socks. They fit him, but husband surely has wider ankle diameter than uncle. Ponder and plot about best way to assess width of uncle’s calves and ankles. Come up with zilch.
  • Briefly contemplate frogging the project but decide to stick with it. If socks turn out too big for uncle, husband will just have to wear them. Or else.
  • Wonder how to maximize length of each sock without running out of yarn at toe of second socks. It would be just like me to run out of yarn just shy of toe of second sock. That is exactly the kid of luck I have in life. Yes, skein can be weighed and each sock can be weighed, but (a) I cannot remember where I hid my kitchen scale and (b) that won’t tell me when I should start the heal flap.
  • Conclude SCREW IT ALL and forgo weighing. If I run out of yarn, I will just buy another skein. New Year’s Resolution be damned. Confirm, yes, WEBS has more in stock. Just in case. Plus the hypothetical remainder of the hypothetical second skein could hypothetically be used to knit Reed another pair of socks. Hypothetically.
  • Note the socks are so big they could be a woman’s sweater sleeve. I just might need 400 m PER sock! One skein each! Everything you ever wanted to know about knitting man socks.

    The Future

  • Keep knitting. For eternity.
  • Decide future socks for the male specimen should be limited to children. They are cuter. And they have smaller feet. (They may have dirtier faces and hands, however.)

Super cute kid (with a dirty face) holding mom's yarn.

Joining Ginny. Still reading She Should Have Known. 

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