Help Needed for Too-Short Sock

May 9, 2019

So I’ve got a bit of a sock dilemma. I made the leg of the first Lord Varys sock too short. The most likely reason is that I was sick of checking the pattern chart each round and wanted to get to the heel — my favorite part of any sock.

Don’t misunderstand: I’m pleased with how it looks – nice twists that are still visible with the blue-brown color changes. Yarn is “Missandei” from Bumblebee Acres Farms’ Game of Thrones-inspired collection.

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But it doesn’t go far enough up the leg. I’m not the one who’ll be wearing it, so my comfort level doesn’t matter here.

So I’ve made the leg of the second sock another inch or so longer. This one is progressing much faster since I’ve got the pattern memorized and don’t need to consult the chart.

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I don’t want to end up with socks of two different lengths, so my question is, how do I remedy this without starting over with sock #1?

My proposed solution involves:

  • putting in a lifeline at the end of the cuff
  • separating the cuff from rest of the sock
  • picking up the cuff stitches and knitting an inch or so of leg

And then what? I know grafting will be involved, but I’ve never grafted live stitches together (aside from a sock toe).

How does one graft live stitches in the round together? I’m OK with not doing it in pattern – a row of knit stitches will hardly be noticed.

Any and all advice and tips would be MOST appreciated.

7 Responses to “Help Needed for Too-Short Sock”


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  3. Can you add in the lifeline and just rip back from the top of the cuff to the start of the pattern? I know it means knitting the cuff again in addition to the extra bit of pattern, but it might take less time than trying to graft that many stitches.

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  4. Oh I LOVE socks that length. I just fold the ribbed portion down and make them anklets It is all I ever wear anyhow. I always knit anklets!

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  5. Melissa Says:

    Yikes-grafting, live stitches, lifeline….. Oh me oh my oh…. good luck……. I had a decoupage teacher who used to tell us “only God is perfect”. You get that yarn and tell it what to do! good luck…..

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