"Since foot length is remarkably unrelated to foot circumference – small feet can be wide, long feet can be narrow – telling me your shoe size tells me very little about how big your socks should be. A lot of the time, when designers are creating socks, we’re guessing about how they should be sized."
-Kate, Editorial Assistant for Knitty.com
So, they've asked us knitters to bust out the measuring tape and send them some numbers. There's a very, very good picture on the site as to what they want (I'll post it below), but here are the basics:
- Your shoe size: US or European size & gender (e.g. US Women’s size 8 )
- Your foot length
- Ankle circumference around the narrowest part of your ankle
- Foot circumference around the ball of your foot
- Circumference around your foot at your ankle
- Diagonal measurement around your heel, from the base of your heel up over the top of your foot
- Circumference of your calf six inches (15cm) up from the ground
Can you measure your feet for me? Not both, necessarily, but at least one?
If you do, that would be totally awesome! If you don't mind, please measure your NAKED (gasp!) foot: not wearing socks. And if your feet tend to swell, I'd suggest measuring at the end of the day, when your feet have been well used.
You could email it directly to knitty if you want, but if you email it to me, then I get to start making notes of sizes for socks. I'm not saying that you'll get a set of pretty little hand-knitted socks from me tomorrow (just ask Colleen, she's been waiting for hers for almost a year), but you might some day.
You'll also be helping me feed my yarny addiction, because designers will use this info to design newer, better patterns, and that's TOTALLY not a bad thing.
For more info and the graphic on where to measure, go here:
Knitty Sock Survey
Then email the results either to Knitty's partners in crime at footsurvey (at) wisehildaknits (dot) com , or to me at SparkyintheSnow (at) gmail (dot) com. You could leave the info in the comments too, if you're cool with that.
THANK YOU! :)