For my Tuesday posts, I'd like to start introducing technical terms into the mix. In the beginning, I'll keep things simple, and add some more terminology as we go. Right now, I'd like to briefly review the very basic parts of a manufactured sock. The above image is a side-view illustration of how I like to think of sock anatomy.
The cuff is located at the top of the sock. Most cuffs will have a ribbed texture, and can vary in height. This ribbed texture can be adjusted. Cuffs can be made longer so they can be turned down, otherwise known as a turn cuff sock. The cuff helps to hold up the sock against your leg.
A leg and foot are labeled here to note where, well, the leg and foot would be placed in a sock. The leg height can vary depending on the sock silhouette, or style. For example, a crew sock will have a longer leg height compared to an ankle sock. Additional features can be added to a sock to help add support to the arch of the foot.
The heel is behind where the foot and leg meet, and the toe is the front portion of the sock that covers the toes of your feet. There are different methods of closing the heel and toe; seam technique will allow for different desired effects.
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