Nike+ Athletic Sock




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First there was the iPod meet the Athletic Sock. The new-fangled Athletic Sock meets all your high-tech running needs and allows you to use your favorite, stylin' pair of running shoes at the same time. The Nike+ does not require pressure for an accurate reading. It measures accurately while securely mounted on the front of your laces.

Another bonus: this is an ultra-quick knit project that will use up some of that yarn scrap you can't bear to toss.

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Step 1: Materials

3 double pointed needles
Worsted Weight Yarn
place marker or small washer
crochet hook or large-eyed embroidery needle
embellishments if desired

Step 2: Cast On!

Cast on 10 stitches, divided evenly between two double pointed needles. Leave a tail about three inches long.

Add a marker at start of knit--this way you can tell where a row starts and ends. has some great videos to get you started with your knitting adventures.

Step 3: Knit

Begin knitting in the round. Knit 11 rows total, moving your marker up each time you knit a new row. Your marker will not be knit permanently in the piece, but instead will follow your rows up and, eventually, out as your cast off.

Cast off. (Told you this is quick!) Leave another three inch tail.

Step 4: Create the Drawstrings

Use a crochet hook or embroidery needle to weave the tails between stitches on both ends. The tails create a drawstring to cinch the ends closed.

Step 5: Finish!

Add any embellishments you desire. I used embroidery floss to add the stripe and added a key ring to enhance the functionality and grenade-like appearance.

Weave your shoe laces through the back and tie your shoe as normal.


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    11 Discussions


    13 years ago

    it's not a pressure sensor, but it is calibrated to the CENTER of your foot, where you have a higher amount of gravity on each stride then at the top of your foot near your shin, you'll just get false readings.... but enjoy

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    Reply 12 years ago

    I've done a significant amount of testing that compares in-shoe placement to on-shoe placement. I found the difference to be negligible and within the general margin of error.


    13 years ago

    Cant you just slip the disk into your shoe and affix it with a little duck tape? Or take out the pad (are you gelling? Im not) and put it under it. If your feet are really sensitive, just cut a hole into the pad (unless perhaphs if your gelling or have those reallllly expensive pads that are adjusted specificly to your foot design) and put the disk in. Keep the cut out to put back in the hole when you dont use the disk.


    Reply 13 years ago

    Normally, that little, oblong disk would go into a specially made hole in the bottom of Nike shoes. Nike want people to believe that the disk is a pressure sensor, in which case users would have to buy Nike shoes. This is not the case. Instead, the disk can be worn atop the foot. Only catch is, its a slipper little bugger. Therefore, a case that latches to the laces is optimal.


    13 years ago

    Why does this have to be knit? Wouldn't any small, snug-fitting bag work?

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    13 years ago

    someone please post an instructable on how to knit