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Jul 18, 2019 12:12:26   #
agiejo
 
I have knit a couple pairs of socks many years ago so have basic knowledge. However, I know have swollen legs to the point it is hard to find socks that fit. If doing toe up, I am wondering if I should increase number of stitches as I go up or change to a larger size needle. I would probable have to do this a couple of times. Am sure knitting in ribbing would allow for more flexibility.
 
Jul 18, 2019 12:16:44   #
sockyarn (a regular here)
 
I have the same problem and I knit a little looser and increase as needed.
Jul 18, 2019 12:23:47   #
IndigoSpinner (a regular here)
 
I wouldn't go up in needle size, but would add stitches to get more width.

The looser your stitches, the less durable and comfortable the socks will be.
Jul 18, 2019 13:03:44   #
knitwitgalaxy
 
I too have this problem, I have lymphodema. I taught myself to knit socks cos even bought soft top ex large were too tight after a few hours. I take a size 7 (42) shoe & made them by the pattern toe up 2 at a time but when doing about 1 12" rib at the calf I increased into every stitch on the last 2 rows & cast off with 1 size bigger needle loosely. They work a treat.
I used Drops Fable yarn for all 8 pairs. Sorry I can't load a photo - having probs with my camera & don't know to get hotos from phone to laptop!!!!!
Jul 18, 2019 13:20:17   #
babyrose (a regular here)
 
It's hard to give you an absolute answer with limited information. Which part swells? How sensitive are your feet? Are you willing to experiment and make one or more samples?
If everything swells I would do ribbing for all but the sole. If you would use 64sts for an unswollen foot do 68 or 72 in a 2/2 rib. If the foot section of the sock is fine but the ankle/leg portion is too tight then you can either add stitches or go up a needle size. I have done this myself for a few years. If I am using a circular I go from 1 to 2, if I am using dpns I use 2 of each, alternating, yyou can't tell by looking at them. Using a larger needle for the ankle or leg has no effect on durability at all.
Jul 18, 2019 14:11:47   #
Elation
 
I think you are right in doing toe-up, as you can try it on as you go. I would keep my gauge the same, so increase in sts or choose something that adds ease/stretch, such as a cable and you can increase more, or 2x2 ribbing.

I would start with the measurement around where you want the top of the sock to be so you have a sense of how much to increase in stitch numbers/count, and also at or above the ankle. Having some foresight will help a lot, and then you can just choose to do the planned increase sooner or later than you thought.

HTH, Elation
 
Jul 18, 2019 15:00:27   #
agiejo
 
Like the idea of increasing needle size with only 2 of 4 dp’s on ribbing. Never thought of that....duh. Thanks all for info including yarn to use. See lots of pretty sock yarn but think I want to use a solid until I get pattern perfected.
Jul 18, 2019 17:05:54   #
babyrose (a regular here)
 
agiejo wrote:
Like the idea of increasing needle size with only 2 of 4 dp’s on ribbing. Never thought of that....duh. Thanks all for info including yarn to use. See lots of pretty sock yarn but think I want to use a solid until I get pattern perfected.


A variegated yarn is easier to count rows from.
Jul 18, 2019 20:42:31   #
Stablebummom
 
agiejo wrote:
I have knit a couple pairs of socks many years ago so have basic knowledge. However, I know have swollen legs to the point it is hard to find socks that fit. If doing toe up, I am wondering if I should increase number of stitches as I go up or change to a larger size needle. I would probably have to do this a couple of times. Am sure knitting in ribbing would allow for more flexibility.


With doing toe-up you can try them on as you go, I really don't think you will need to change needle sizes. Work the toe and try on. You can add stitches there if you need them. You can also do a square toe, but I don't remember who did that pattern. Try a web search for square toe socks. You can add stitches evenly as you work the foot, if the foot is big enough the heel shouldn't need increases, however, you might want to build your socks using a high-instep increase. The top of the sock can be increased to suit your leg.
Good luck and make sure to post a pic of the sox!
Jul 19, 2019 07:24:08   #
NRoberts (a regular here)
 
Buy Sox Therapist's 16 page guide on how to fit socks and do the FLK heel. It is money well spent.

https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel

I have knit several pair of socks for friends with swollen feet. The key is measuring and foot and ankle and up the leg as far as you want the sock to go. Work out the gauge and then figure out how many stitches you will need at each part of the sock. It's not hard once you get the idea.
Jul 19, 2019 21:06:09   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
By doing toe up its easy to try on as you go, I'd add more stitches rather than change needle size, socks take a lot of rough treatment they need to be fairly dense to last....I usually use a 1.50mm - 2.00mm needles depending on sock yarn thickness

Good luck with your socks, let us know how you go ☺
 
Jul 19, 2019 22:31:30   #
PauletteB (a regular here)
 
i do top down socks. Not sure how to create the flexibility in toe up.
Jul 19, 2019 22:48:10   #
mellowearth (a regular here)
 
K2P2 ribbing on the leg is most stretchy. Sounds like you may need two measurements-------one for your foot, one for your leg. When you knit the foot, you'll have figured out the gauge. Apply that to the leg measurement, and begin increasing when the foot's done, perhaps doing paired increases running up the back of the leg. Stockings come to mind. Might be helpful to check out what Elizabeth Zimmerman says about sizing for these in Knitting without Tears and in Knitter's Almanac. I wouldn't recommend increasing needle size.
Aug 23, 2019 07:04:51   #
agiejo
 
Thanks to all who posted info on sock knitting for swollen legs and feet. So much helpful info on this website. Have a few other projects in the works now so socks will be a fall/winter project.
 
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