Yesterday, when I got up and got ready for work, I popped on my new jelly bean socks as I had planned. I was surprised just how loose the ribbing was. It stretches and lays flush with the ankle, but it really had no strength to it. It wasn’t squeezing around the ankle like a commercial sock would. But then, my ribbing has no elastic woven into it like a commercial sock would either.
By the end of the day, it was just as stretched out as my non-ribbed sock was. And to be honest, I didn’t care for how the ribbing looked once it was on my foot and stretched.
I can see how ribbing could be useful for a smaller ankle. But my ankle is quite large and it doesn’t seem to make any difference unless I decided to start putting elastic in my sock… which I won’t, because I’m allergic to it, hence the reason I’m making my own socks to begin with.
I could also see myself using ribbing if I was making socks for someone else, they do look more polished and commercial if you add ribbing. But for me, the amount of work and time that goes into adding ribbing is not worth it. I think my future socks will just have a plain hung hem (like the bottom sock in the picture).
I may play with adding elastic just to see how well it works out and for any socks I make as gifts.