Customizing knitted goods, most especially socks, is a very special process that is entirely different from designing on printed materials. This article contains necessary guides for you to have the knowledge of how socks are being customized starting from the awesome design on the computer screen to the stitch of the yarn used on the machine.
The process involved in setting up the machine for knitting just a sock design is the same as setting up an offset printer to create just one design for a printed material. A great deal of planning and setting up is always involved before knitting starts.
Customizing your Socks: steps to follow
Designing and customizing socks on your own is always awesome! Nevertheless, how can you carry this out? There are few steps that are followed by most experts in order to achieve this. We will be discussing such handy steps in this section.
STEP 1: Create your design
Brilliant patterns such as stripes, polka spots, and argyles are designs that reliably execute well. Begin by creating the design of the socks using your graphics software application. You can either create your design from the scratch or begin with existing templates that have various styles of socks. A particular area is isolated on the socks while other areas are completely colored.
You can decide to knit socks using either a pattern or image. A design can be woven if it is not complex. Tiny figures or lines may prove difficult. It is advisable to get in touch with an expert to confirm if it is possible to weave your design or not. To make sure that design such as this comes out looking great, we have the following tips for you.
If you decide to repeat a design, it is important to consider the size of the wearer’s leg in the design. Always remember that designs on socks tend to stretch when socks are worn. If the size of the wearer’s leg is big, the image also turns out big as it stretches. While the design won’t be legible enough if the size of the wearer’s leg is small,
The amount of hues that is used to create a design will influence the final output. The basic rule is to make use of at most 8 colors for the background, top colors, and heels. More so, use at least 5 colors for just one horizontal line. According to the general rule, complex designs tends to execute better, when low amount of hues are used.
Each time that the hues changes, the particular yarn that holds the hues is usually cut and tied-off inside the sock. The lesser the cuts, the better the design. A socks design that possess frequent hues changes are always bulkier, prone to knitting errors and do not stretch easily. Once you complete your designs, print the heat transfers using your sublimation printer.
STEP 2: Typography on Socks
It is highly recommended that designs on socks be done at minimum level. A design file for knitting is set up as a 168-pixel wide bitmap image, in case you are using a 168 needle machines. At this set size, as the size gets smaller, the legibility gets poorer. If you like to include a byline or a logotype, it is highly advisable that you place it on the footbed of the sock. This prevent any distortion caused by the stretching of the socks. More so, it ensures that the main patterns are not interrupted.
Some logos do come out great more than others do when the knitting is completed. Gradients, shading overlays, and complex line works are exceptionally hard to achieve and are commonly used for custom packaging. Due to a set number of stitches used for socks customization, simple and bold shapes are commonly best for designing socks.
STEP 3: Making use of Jig
For the socks to maintain its straightness during pressing and for it to stretch slightly at the uppermost part in order to sublimate the ribbing, always make use of a reusable jig. If you are able to stretch the sock over the jig, the leg of the sock gets expanded as a result and that is a good thing. This allow more fabrics of the sock to get exposed to the ink application. This basic step presents what is known as Grin Through, a term when untreated white fabrics are revealed whenever the sock is worn around the wearer’s calf. A straight jig will give you the ability to sublimate both the front and back of the socks, while a hockey stick-formed jig will give you the ability to sublimate both the left and right area of the socks. After the sock is pulled slowly over the foot area of the jig, set aside some time to make adjustment to the sock to make sure that there are no bundled regions. This will decrease any folds of press in the printed plan.
STEP 4: Pressing
After putting your sock on a suitable jig, heat up your press to at least 370 degrees. Also, set your timer to around 50-60 seconds. Always make sure you use tacky paper in a situation whereby you are making use of a large printer, in order to keep socks in shape. If you are making use of a sheet paper, its better you use what is called a repositionable spray adhesive. Softly mist the image region with the spray after printing the image. If possible, the sock can be taped to the transfer paper by making use of a clear heat tape. If you flip the socks over after pressing the first side and then press the second side, a slight white edge will be formed on the sock. To prevent that from happening, you just have to pull around the colored edge slightly from the first side of the sock to the opposite side, thereby covering a large white area.
STEP 5: Remove the jig
After completely pressing each side of the sock, the next thing to do is to make use of a protective glove to handle the jigs. Remove the sock from the jig when it is finished, and you will get an exceptionally glowing and sublimated sock.
Based on the style you have chosen, you will be able to create fully customized and standard socks which can be of any sock category. Such categories are sport socks, cozy socks, short socks and long socks. With the steps discussed above, you can make your own customized sock for every season.
Customized socks having either a pattern or design are usually designed by sock manufacturers. It is smarter to get in touch with experts who works with good and efficient machines. Always select woven socks if you love good quality socks. Trust me, everybody’s feet will be grateful if the socks are created by weaving. Likewise, the best result is always gotten if your design is completely woven in the sock.