Hey, Guys!!! I need your help!!

I am about to start my first pair of socks! I know!! I have been knitting for almost 4 years and have yet to attempt socks, much less a hat or sweater! Anyhoo... What are some resources for instructions and patterns for a basic sock? I already have some but I thought you guys could help me out with your experience and expertise.
Thanks, Shawn


V's picture

Hi Shawn,
I could recommend a book, if you'd like. Nancy Bush's "Folk Socks" is the way I started with knitting socks. It's got a wealth of information on how to start knitting socks, tips and all kinds of ways you can make heels and toes. Most of the patterns are sized for women but there are a couple of good men's socks as well. The book starts off with a basic sock pattern in many sizes done in fingering weight yarn and it takes you through it step by step. Hope that helps and good luck! Make sure you keep us posted with your progress.

I agree that Folk Socks by Nancy Bush is a great resource for sock knitters, beginners and advanced alike. There's an entire chapter on the basic formula for knitting socks with virtually any yarn at any gauge!

It's the best basic resource for sock knitters, in my opinion, and I own 12+ books on socks!


scottly's picture

Oh man, another book I have to buy.

beardnpipe's picture

Don't have any resources but I have knit socks and I have to say don't be intimidated by dpns or circular needles. They're NOT as hard to knit with as you might think. For me the hardest part of knitting socks was the heel and then pickup stitches afterwards -- and that was not difficult at all -- it's just taking that step into the unknown. Go for and knit on!

MasonM's picture

Silver's Sock Class is a good tutorial for learning to do socks.



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YarnGuy716's picture

I would recommend Basic Sock Recipe from "Knitting Rules" by Stephanie Pearl-MacPhee or Basic Sock from Ann Budd's "Handy Book of Knitting Patterns." Both give the basic sock instructions, although the Ann Budd book gavies you the numbers for different gauges. It is a great resource for knitting.

Aranlover_989's picture

I have the book, "Folk Socks," and it is wonderful; however, in the many years that I have been knitting, I have yet to try my hand at socks, although I know that knitpicks.com has fairly large selection of materials for socks i.e., dpns, cd's, dvds and the like. I look forward to reading about your sock adventure and who knows perhaps you'll inspire me to give it a try.

There is a video tutorial on Knitting help.com under the advanced techniques section. On this video, she demonstrates turning the heel and picking up gusset stitches. In my opinion, these are the areas that you will probably need the most help with. She also does a kitchner stitch demo commonly used for closing the toe. Good luck...I think you'll enjoy socks.


NeoYankee's picture

Having not yet *finished* a full pair of socks, I may not be one to give advice - however I have Charlene Schurch's "Sensational Knitted Socks" and I've found it really useful. She does a "class sock" in worsted weight - basically a baby sock - that takes you step by step through all the stages, ribbing, cuff, heel flap, turning the heel, gusset, etc. I felt much more confident when starting my first pair with sock yarn on #1 dpns. Now, if I can just get over how freakin' tiny #1s actually are...

eyedoc's picture

Thanks for all the great advice!! You guys are the greatest! I will keep you posted on my progress. It may be a few more days before I actually start them.

JerryO's picture

Well? How did your socks come out?!