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This is my <a href="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/tranquilmama/detail?.dir=/362are2&.dnm=ed06re2.jpg&.src=ph" target="_blank">first pair of socks.</a> I got a skein of LB self striping yarn on sale because I wanted to try my hand at knitting socks. I think I pretty much suck at it. I used the easy toddler socks pattern off the free links posted on the sticky here. I followed directions and for some reason the foot is turning out huge. It would stretch to fit my foot if I knit it long enough. The heel is way too big for my ds' toddler size 8 foot. Is it fixable? Or should I just frog it and make leg warmers???
 

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Either<br>
a) you bought DK weight yarn<br>
b) your gauge is totally, totally off or<br>
c) something else (pattern?) is wrong.<br><br>
I say use it as a swatch to get gauge and knit again with one of the universal patterns, unless you think you have enough yarn to do socks for yourself/dh. The heel looks really, really good though.
 

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Is it the free toddler pattern <a href="http://needlesandwool.com/" target="_blank">here</a>? Assuming that's the right pattern, the gauge for that pattern is 8st/in on US 1 needles. Did you check your gauge with the Magic Stripes yarn and what size needles are you using? This pattern as written, using the recommended gauge and needles on the MS label, will give you a much bigger sock.
 

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Yes, that's the pattern. I have 8st/inch with size 2's.<br><br>
I think I'm going to frog it back and make the heel shorter which will make the circumference of the foot smaller too. He might still have roomy socks but at least mommy made them!!<br><br>
I'm not crazy about the yarn but I really like the striping pattern!
 

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I'm not sure making a shorter heel is going to change the circumference of the foot as the body of the foot will still be done on the same number of stitches.<br><br>
Have you tried what you've got so far on your toddler? The picture of the sock at the end of the pattern looks really fat but it looks perfect in the picture where the socks are being worn.<br><br>
If you're going to frog it back to the heel, maybe changing to a smaller needle to redo the foot would alter your gauge enough to make it work.
 

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Looking at that pattern, I think I've got the solution. I reckon you probably knit much tighter than you purl, so you need to either knit the whole piece on size 1's, or else switch to a size 1 for the heel in order to get consistent gauge all over.
 

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I really have no idea Helen but I'll try. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Well, it's an easy thing to check. Swatch twice- once on straights, once in the round. If your swatch on straights is bigger or, particularly, longer, than your swatch in the round then you know what the problem is <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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