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I was about to answer a question on this thread, and I wanted to refer to the inner upper part of a sock. Something like this:

Put a small label inside the inner upper part of your socks.

But this seems very vague. Is there any single word or a good phrase for it?

This will make it clear:

this part of the sock

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I can't really make out which part you are referring to based on the provided image. –  coleopterist Jan 25 '13 at 6:56
    
@coleopterist the part where exactly the arrow is,which is little thick –  joey rohan Jan 25 '13 at 6:58
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The thicker (often elasticated) part of the sock is called the cuff of the sock. Knitting socks

If that's too specialised, then you could simply call it the open end.

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Hmm..so we can refer to it as: inner part of the cuff? –  joey rohan Jan 25 '13 at 7:11
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@joeyrohan, Or simply the inner cuff. –  JLG Jan 25 '13 at 7:27
    
Or inside the cuff or inside the open end. –  Andrew Leach Jan 25 '13 at 7:28
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Call it the inside rim. That's plain English.

inside adjective [attributive] situated on or in, or derived from, the inside: an inside pocket
rim noun the upper or outer edge of an object, typically something circular or approximately circular: a china egg cup with a gold rim

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+1,this is more understandable –  joey rohan Jan 25 '13 at 8:10
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When talking about socks, I believe cuff is a better word to use than rim – but maybe there's a regional difference I'm unaware of. –  J.R. Jan 25 '13 at 10:45
    
I have to agree, if you spoke to me about "the rim of a sock", I'm not at all sure I'd figure out that you meant the cuff. –  Jon Hanna Jan 25 '13 at 14:50
    
I agree, a rim is something hard like a china egg cup, a cuff is specifically the edge of soft clothing, usually sleeves. –  Mynamite Jan 26 '13 at 1:13
    
@Mynamite What tells you rim is something hard? (a thick rim of suds) Apart from a china egg cup, anything can have a rim. Cuff is the default term. However, note the answer from Andrew Leach where he thoughtfully qualifies it with If that's too specialised -- same logic holds in my avoiding that word. –  Kris Jan 26 '13 at 7:04
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