August 3rd, 2013

Ready, Set, Knit! 321: Kathy talks with Andi Smith

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Guest: Kathy talks with first-time guest Andi Smith, designer and author of  Big Foot Knits. Originally from Yorkshire England, Andi has been knitting and crocheting for as long as she can remember. 10 years ago she met Shannon Oakey of Cooperative Press and on a drive back from Rhinebeck they talked about socks,how they didn’t fit, what Andi had been doing to alter sock patterns so they would fit and the book idea was born.

The first section of the book is all about helping you to make socks that really fit you. There is some math involved with figuring out your specific measurements and your gauge but then you are ready to make all kinds of socks that fit you well!

Copies of the book are available through Cooperative Press and Ravelry. Comment on this post and tell us why you need Big Foot Knits to win your own copy! Comments must be posted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, August 5, 2013. 2 Winners will be chosen and will be announced on the show next week. Please make sure to include your e-mail address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re one of our winners!

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Sara learned to knit and crochet as a child and added spinning and weaving to her skills after being hired at WEBS in 2006. While crochet is her #1 love, she is also very fond of her husband and their 2 daughters.

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179 Responses to “Ready, Set, Knit! 321: Kathy talks with Andi Smith”

  1. fairknit Says:

    because my calf is 50% bigger than my foot so I have to look for patterns that will let me inc or dec to compensate

  2. UK Knitter Says:

    I’ve knit many pairs of socks for gifts, except for my daughter. She would like a pair of knee high socks and even chose the yarn for them. I started a pair for her 4 years ago, but they are not finished since she has large calves and I was not able to adapt a pattern. I would love to be able to finish the socks for her.

  3. hiramteach Says:

    I wear a size 11M, my daughter wears a 12WW, and during the 35 years that I taught, I invited many of my female students and their mothers to join my “Big Footed Women’s Club”! Not really a club at all, just a way to let other big gals whether younger or older, that having large feet was not a problem! Most sock patterns only come in one size, which makes for a lot of modification; it would be lovely to just choose a yarn and a pattern and knit. I’d love a copy of your book…

  4. Hala Says:

    I have never managed to knit socks because all of the designs are made for skinny narrow calves ….so this one would be great for me ….:)

  5. Judy11 Says:

    I have wide feet, narrow ankles, and a hefty calf. Socks I have made fall down because they are too large in calf or scrunch down because they don’t make fit over the calf. So I gave up knitting socks (and I l-o-v-e knitting socks.) i now just admire my rather large collection of sock yarn ;( I love math and would love to see Andi’s math to resolve my sock fit issue. Needles and yarn are ready!!!!!!!!

  6. Jodi Keller Says:

    I’ve never tried knitting socks before, and this book looks like it has super cute patterns! I love the cover & why not start to learn with a awesome new book!

  7. Emmiere Says:

    I would absolutely love a copy of Big Foot Knits. I wear a size 11 in women’s, as does my sister-in-law. I also prefer long cuffs on my socks and I can never manage to modify a sock pattern to fit me well. It would be nice to finally be able to make socks that actually fit my feet, as well as others in my family.

  8. Cindy Antonuk Says:

    I have know idea how to get socks to fit me right, be as long as I want them, and then figure out how much yarn to buy. I NEED this book!

  9. Kasia Wilson Says:

    My size 11 feet and not small calves just don’t fit into the many beautiful socks in other pattern books. I would love to have a book that could help me adapt patterns to really fit!

  10. Iris Says:

    I need this book because it would be great to knit such great patterns for my big feet.

  11. Ember Says:

    Because I have honking size 11 feet!!

    They have to be big feet, to keep allll of this awesomeness stable 😉

  12. Sarah Says:

    I’ve always been afraid to make socks for myself because i want them to fit!

  13. Frankie Says:

    I’m the only one in my family with small feet, but they all want hand-knit socks! I need all the help I can get 🙂

  14. Pam S. Says:

    I need this book because the only socks I’ve ever made that fit were for my 2 year old. The ones I’ve tried making for myself have been ill fitting disasters. And I want to drool at the shoes on the models!

  15. Marybeth P Says:

    I have a very high instep so knitting socks is the best way for me to get the best fitting socks. This book looks intriguing!

  16. Kim Barron Says:

    I need this book because my legs are very full, and at size 9, my feet are on the larger end of the spectrum.

  17. Pat Tahan Says:

    I have yet to make a perfect pair of socks for me!! Perhaps I will be able to with the instructions in this great book!!..

  18. Jennifer Donna Landry Says:

    I need this book because everyone in my family has markedly different sized feet and I need help figuring out how to make sure that their socks will fit them!

  19. Andrea Says:

    My shoe size is 10 1/2 double wide, I think that says it all!

  20. Kim Says:

    Two daughters who where 10 wides. It’s hard enough to find pretty shoes let alone gorgeous socks!

  21. NatalieKnits Says:

    I have been asked by a friend to knit her some fun socks. I didn’t realize she was a sock fanatic. So your book would be outstanding help for me.! I hope i win!

  22. Theresa DiBlanca Says:

    I have 9 brothers and sisters asking me to make socks for them. We are the 10 King Kids and most have “King-sized feet”! Maybe with this book I can figure how to make socks for size 12 women and size 16 men that truly fit well.

  23. Mandy McElrath Says:

    I would love to have this book! I have wide feet, and so does everyone else in my family.

  24. freekeygeek Says:

    This book would be extremely handy as I would LOVE to make socks for my mother and sister, however when I’ve tried to make them larger, my calculations are not correct and they don’t turn out right. Plus I LOVE the cover and would enjoy thumbing through the rest of it.

  25. LittleGlinda Says:

    While knitting for almost 10 years, I am just getting into sock knitting. It would be great to have this fantastic book to put all my new sock yarn to use!

  26. Anne Says:

    Because I want to spoil my family and friends for Xmas with gorgeous socks !

  27. Lacy Menchen Says:

    Well the 4th is my birthday, and my hubby just got done his job so I don’t expect a gift. But with this book I can knit gifts for others which would make me one happy girl!! :0)

  28. Chris T Says:

    Since I have large, wide feet, it would be wonderful to have patterns available that I KNOW would fit my feet. Looks like a great book I would sure like to win!

  29. Joanne Says:

    I’m not sure if my previous message actualy posted so i’m posting again…not trying to put in a comment twice for a better chance at winning. 🙁

    I taught myself to knit a few months ago in order to make myself some unmatched socks. But I havent quite caught on to how to knit with 4 dp needles 8-(. Maybe this book would help me? I’m hoping I win.

  30. Shazza Says:

    I need Bigfoot Knits because I wear a size 11 shoe and have, ahem, curvy foot proportions!

  31. jogoer Says:

    I live in Northern Ontario and taught myself to knit socks left handed out of necessity. I now knit them for my whole family and would love to have a new repertoire to work from. The books looks great!!!!

  32. Janet Killips Says:

    I have very long, but narrow feet (12 4A) and a high instep which means some sock patterns work, but many don’t. I love that I can knit socks that actually fit, but I am sick of knitting the same plain vanilla pattern all of the time. I need some variety that doesn’t cut off the circulation at the ankle and stays up over my heels. Thanks for letting me vent. This book idea looks like one I need to investigate!

  33. griffgirls Says:

    My nephew has size 16 feet…enough said!

  34. clembo Says:

    The girls and women in our family are wearing up to size 12 shoes. Just knitting a longer foot doesn’t always work! Would love to learn to make socks that FIT these gals!

  35. Jennifer Ainge Says:

    My husband wears size 14 shoes and I can’t figure out how to make socks to fit him! I’d love to learn how to shape them better.

  36. Renee Says:

    I have very wide and long feet (10 extra, extra wide). Store-bought socks are too short, with the heel angle occurring under the heel instead of the back corner. All the patterns are for medium width feet. Also, I have a very wide calf, so I have been stuck making and buying ankle socks. (rcordrey at earthlink dot com)

  37. Renee Says:

    Oops– .net (not .com)

  38. Andrea Says:

    Because I’ve taken a couple of classes and still can’t seem to get it right….

  39. Cheryl Carlson Says:

    Awesome, what a great theme for a new book Very high in step…

  40. Barb Says:

    I am constantly wearing holes just in the area of my second toe and I need some expert advice on how to get a perfect fit. You see, I am one of those odd persons whose second toes are longer than their big toe. Socks just don’t work well for me! Help me make a pair that will last!

  41. Stephanie Says:

    It would be great to knit socks for myself and others who have feet that are wider (than average), longer or narrower than most sock patterns I read.

  42. hevtumb Says:

    Let me see here, I am a plus sized girl that likes long socks, I have big feet, my father (whom I make socks for) has bigfoot feet & I love the book.

  43. Jenn M. Says:

    I’d like to win this book for a friend of mine; she’s in the ICU right now and so can’t enter to win herself. Terri loves knitting socks but always has to modify patterns to fit her narrow size 11 feet. She has limited knitting time, so having ready-made patterns already geared for larger feet would be a big help. I think she’d also appreciate learning more techniques to achieve better fitting socks.

  44. Veronica Webb Says:

    I have trouble modifying sock patterns to fit my size 11.5 feet!

  45. A. Clark Says:

    I need Big Foots Knits because I have big feet and cannot lie. 🙂 Plus I love knitting awesome socks for my fabulously large feet.

  46. Laura Nixon Says:

    I need this book because my feet are not equal-bunions on one not repaired-and skinny heels. Not to mention I am petite and most patterns don’t fit my calf.

  47. Moniczka Poznanska Says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Not only do I have big feet & ankles, but I have a friend with lymphodemia, and I would love to be able to knit socks for her that really fit.

  48. Terri Hamilton Says:

    Because even commercial socks give me fits! I want to know how to knit perfectly-fitting socks for my size 10 narrow feet.

  49. Bree Driver Says:

    I believe this book would help me hone my sock knitting skills. I’ve actually knitted only one pair and with second sock syndrome and trying to modify a pattern, well, ya know. I believe it would be a ‘big’ 🙂 help!

  50. Susi Says:

    I never knitted socks before because I don’t think I have the confidence to make them, but with this book I think I will get confidence and a pair of knitted socks too!

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