Custom Sock Design – Guideline

This is actually a guidelines of custom sock design, make sure you follow the suggestions before you work on your custom sock design.

Repeating patterns

In repeating patterns, it’s important to pay attention to the size of individual assets in the design. Keep in mind that designs on a sock stretch when worn. Too big, and the image will become very big as it stretches around the wearer’s ankle or foot. Too small, and the design will not render legibly on the sock.

Colors

Complex linework, color overlays, and gradients are very difficult to achieve and are generally best applied to custom packaging. Because of the fixed number of stitches in a sock, bold and simple shapes are typically best for sock designs.

Logos

The number of colors used in a design will affect the execution of the sock. The general rule is to use no more than 8 colors in a single design (including the background, heel, toe and top colors), and of those, no more than 5 colors can change through one horizontal line of the sock. Generally speaking, the more complex designs execute better when fewer colors are used.

Every time color changes, the yarn of that color is cut and tied off inside the sock. The fewer cuts, the better – designs that have frequent color changes are bulkier, don’t stretch as easily, and run a higher risk of knitting errors. Color accuracy is one of the most important things combining design and production,

Transferring a design to
a production file

Creating knit-ready file typically involves transferring a vector design or otherwise into a production sized bitmap image, which will be done by our skilled programming team. Our knitting technicians use this file to program a knitting machine to transpose each individual pixel in the file to a stitch on the sock.

Once your design is finished, we will review it to ensure it meets the required technical specifications. Please send us your native files and PDF mockup, and we will suggest any changes to make sure it will be the best sock it can be.

HOW DOES SOCKS MANUFACTURING WORK?

In short, custom socks manufacturing can be easy: You have a sock design, and we will make it into real socks.

However, in the sock production end, we as a socks manufacturing factory have to consider lots of things such as: 1.Yarn choice, yarn color accuracy, knitting machine needles, 2.Sock sizes, weight, production lead time, sock quality inspection, 3.Sock packaging and private labeling, 4.Import tax and VAT, international delivery, … etc.

  • DESIGN
  • CONFIRM ORDER DETAILS
  • SAMPLING & APPROVAL
  • 30-50% UPFRONT
  • SOCKS MANUFACTURING
    BULK PRODUCTION
  • PAY THE BALANCE
  • SHIPMENT

Step1DESIGN

Prepare your sock designs and packaging (hangtags or labels or box) designs.

SOCK DESIGN

The on-line sock business is mostly design-driven and your creative design matters a lot. Prepare a series of unique sock designs using our design template.

HANGTAG AND LABEL

A special packaging helps build trust and awareness of your brand. It is recommended to present your logo and slogan on the hangtags or band labels.

PANTONE COLOR

In industry perspective, we use pantone color reference to ensure color accuracy.

Step2CONFIRM ORDER DETAILS

Confirm your order details of yarn composition, size and quantity.

QUANTITY

Quantity influences price a lot. Confirm your ordering quantity for different sock designs and sizes. MOQ(minimum order quantity) varies with different yarn composition.

COMPOSITION

Our default composition is 80%cotton/ 18%polyester/ 2%spandex, proven to have a good performance for daily wear. Combed cotton, bamboo fiber are all available too.

SIZE REFERENCE

We take size reference seriously to ensure our custom-made socks fit customers perfectly.

Step3SAMPLING & APPROVAL

Samples will be made according to your design and sent to you for approval For custom sock manufacturing, sampling fee will be charged to cover our cost of knitting-machine setting and yarn preparation, but quality samples are always free of charge and only delivery fee will be charged.

3.1 Pay for the sampling fee, Paypal and wire transfer accepted;

3.2 we will start sampling and it takes 12-15 days;

3.3 Sample socks will be sent to you via FedEx, UPS or TNT and we will wait for your approval;

3.4 Revisions will be made if you are not satisfied with the sample;

Step4 30-50% UPFRONT

Pay 30-50% upfront

Towards a satisfying business

We will send over a Proforma Invoice for your purchase.

– For existing customers, we have flexible payment terms

– For new customers, an deposit of 30-50% of total value should be paid upfront so that we can start preparing for bulk sock production.

L/C at sight available for big custom socks manufacturing orders.

We understand that you may feel at risk at this stage, actually we have concerns, too. Factory visit is always welcomed so that we can build mutual trust towards satisfying business.

Step5SOCKS MANUFACTURING | BULK PRODUCTION

PATTERN CODING

A professional coding team will translate your design into machine codes so that the knitting machine can read and knit out your design using jacquard technology.

YARN PREPARATION

A professional coding team will translate your design into machine codes so that the knitting machine can read and knit out your design using jacquard technology.

KNITTING

Socks knitting machine will run the program to knit the yarn threads into designed patterns. Our machines range from 120N, 144N, 168N to 200N.

SOCKS MANUFACTURING

LINKING/SEWING

Sock tubes are knitted out with toes open and we need to link the toes. An automatic linking machine will do the sewing work.

LABELLING

Socks will be private labelled according to your requirements, hangtag or band label will be attached for each pair of socks, and you can also choose various packaging.

PAIRING

After naturally dry, your custom socks are paired by experienced workers and FINAL inspection are performed to check the length, weight, elasticity, color accuracy…etc

BOARDING

In order to keep good shape while getting away from bacterial, the socks will then be sent into a boarding machine at proper pressure and temperature.

Step6PAY THE BALANCE

Pay the balance. Custom socks manufacturing is completed and your socks are ready for lading!

Step7SHIPMENT

01SEA SHIPPING

Sea shipping is the most economical way for international delivery, especially for bulk socks manufacturing.

02LOGISTICS LINE

Special logistics line (by air) to UK and USA while taking care of import tax and VAT; 8-12 days of delivery time. $5.5-$6/Kg.

03RAILWAY

Railway dleivery to Europe and Middle-Asia. 1/3 delivery time of sea shipping, 1/4 delivery fee of air shipping.

04EXPRESS DELIVERY

Fastest & Costly, we use express delivery to send samples and small amount of socks to clients for review or pre-marketing.

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