June 03, 2004

Child's foot wanted

I need a child’s foot for size testing. Sadly, I have no current access to a child’s foot — or, for that matter, any part of a child. See, to finish up the remainders of the balls of sock yarn I decided to make some children’s socks; the pattern I was using had a child’s size, so I started happily working on the first sock in the self-striping yarn. However, I soon hit a bit of a snag. After the toe shaping the instructions tell me to work evenly for 1 3/4” less than the desired length of the foot. Which would be fine if I knew what the desired length was. But I don’t — and I have no child available to check. In fact, I don’t even know what age of child this sock pattern is designed for, so I have no idea how long a foot would be that is this diameter.

Now, the sensible thing to do would have been to post a query about this to my blog, since I know there are lots of sock knitters out there who know much more about this than I do, and who probably even have (or have had) small children, and could tell me useful things about their pedal proportions. But I was impatient and wanted to work on the sock right now, so I didn’t. I just looked at a couple of sock patterns online (most of which also said “work to desired length”, or gave an approximate length but no age information, or were worked in different yarn weights so I couldn’t determine the diameters easily) and winged it. Which produced this:


To my eye the foot looks too long for its width, but I really don’t know. And, as I said, I have no one to try it out on right now. In fact, though I intend these socks as a gift at some point, I have no idea what age of child they would fit, and so have no actual recipient in mind at the moment.

So I need help. The diameter of the foot is approximately 6” (measured flat it’s 3” across). How long do you think the foot should be? And what age of child would such a sock fit? Any and all advice would be much appreciated!

Posted by Aven at June 3, 2004 11:44 AM

I have a 5 year old with a foot 6” long. When I made socks for her I didnt measure the diameter, just the length. My 2 year old has a 5.5” long foot. Hope that helps in the length department.

BTW - my older kid loves wool socks. hint, hint!!

Posted by: Lisa at June 3, 2004 02:18 PM

Well, here’s one chart, for babies: http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/head-sizes.html ..And here’s another, for children: http://www.europeanchildrensshoes.com/sizingchart.html . And here are children’s sizes with widths (there are two pdfs for download from this page): http://www.badorfshoe.com/INDEX.cfm?CFID=3377408&CFTOKEN=71814156&cmd=fitchart .

I hope this helps.

Posted by: Lydia at June 4, 2004 08:06 AM

Just a thought, but there are probably standard-sized socks at a children’s clothing store for comparison purposes.

Posted by: janice at June 5, 2004 11:05 AM

I’ve got a girl here who just had her 6th birthday. She’s extremely tall for her age, taller than most first graders, in fact. Her foot measures 7.5 inches from heel to toe, and around 7 inches around at the widest point. She wears a size US 1 shoe. (Most Kindergarteners wear around a size US 12-13.)

Socks do stretch though, and depending on how tightly it’s knit 6-inch diameter sock might still fit her, providing it was long enough. Not the ones I knit though, as I favor teeny needles and tight gauges (9+ spi). As a result my socks are somewhat less stretchy than most. -K.

Posted by: kbsalazar at June 5, 2004 11:07 AM