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Milinda
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Posted - 12/15/2012 :  12:25:58 AM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am making a pair of socks for a friend and I don't want to tip him off. He has mentioned at some point that he wears a 11 1/2 to a 12 shoe. What size sock would that be? Any suggestions? My husband has a narrow foot so what I do for him won't work. I do want this to be a super-duper surprise so I can't ask him to trace his foot for me. What say you, Sock Knitters?

M L

Shalee
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Posted - 12/15/2012 :  07:38:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you were to draw an outline of his foot (which I realize you can't) it would be 11 1/2" long. As to the diameter, you are on your own, sorry. My DS wears a size 14 shoe and as long as he can get the sock on, through the cuff portion and over his instep, he is happy. Your gauge is what determines the diameter of the sock. It needs to have the stretch in the cuff. For DS I cast on at least 4 stitches more, for the K2 P2 cuff, then narrow down the sock portion, in the 1st all K round, by the extra stitches I've put in the cuff. Hope this helps.

Sharon in NW PA
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kbshee
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Posted - 12/15/2012 :  10:37:02 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If you use ribbing on the top part of the foot you'll also have a bit more give for a better fit (but a little bit chunkier sock).

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kkknitter
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Posted - 12/15/2012 :  6:01:36 PM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi there Milinda; If your friend wears a size 12 shoe, figure 10 inches circumference for a medium foot, leg about 8 inches, heel flap 2 5/8 inches, heel to toe 8 7/8 inches for a total foot length of 11 1/4 inches.

Kristina

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ikkivan
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Posted - 12/15/2012 :  7:09:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm with Kim ... I'd make a basic 2x2 ribbbing sock (or beaded rib or twin rib or something similar with lots of give, as well as looking masculine) and continue the plainer ribbing down the top of the foot to the toe. I've done this many times for growing teen grandsons and the socks always fit nicely. That expandable rib over the instep also allows for any swelling.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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Ceil
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Posted - 12/17/2012 :  8:25:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Somewhere you can do a search on the Internet for foot measurements. That should give you a clue.

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Milinda
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Posted - 12/17/2012 :  8:29:45 PM  Show Profile Send Milinda a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My Dears, you have helped me so much! I think I can pull this off now without having to ask for a drawing of his foot. Thanks all so much. I'll let you know how this turns out and what he has to say.

I will be using Cascade Heritage sock yarn in a shade of royal blue, his favorite.

M L
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