Sock it to me baby!

OK I've been putting it off. I've bought sock yarn, a new set of DPNs AND I've now bought a small circular suitable for sock knitting.... so now I've no excuse not to start my first pair of socks.

I've looked at loads of different patterns and tutorials and they ALL look so complicated -- surely its just a tube with a corner in it -- and I've been put off.

I set off once on the DPNs and got them all tied up (I used to use them for making legwarmers in the 80s -- when I a FAME-aholic, so how come its all so confusing now?!). Can I knit a DPN type instruction on a circular needle? Can't see why not...

Any advice gentlemen? Should I just dive in the deep end? The weekend is coming and I can't be at home without some knitting on the go...


canie's picture

hey bob here you can knit anything on dpn s i even do regular sewaters on the at the same time i just cast on say 60 place marker cast on another 60 say for the back place marker and work front and back at the same time using the instructions as they say for front and back fun and fast best of luck to you bobby

scottly's picture

Oops, now you need to go buy a second set of dpns the same size - it's much better to work on both socks at the same time. In other words work the cuff on the first one then the cuff on the second one, then the leg on one then the other and on . It's much easeir to get symetrical socks that way and you won't run into second sock sydrome - total lack of enhtusiasm for knitting the second sock once your first sock is done.

Socks are easy - really. Good luck!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Sure, Adrian, you can knit a sock on a circular. There's the "Magic Loop" method that works really well with Addi Turbo needles or the 2 circulars style that Cat Biordhi has developed. I can do either, but am so used to using DPNs that it's my method of choice. There are some good videos on the knitting help sites that can guide you. I find the easiest sock is just like you said: a tube with the heel making a corner. If you have access to children's knitting books, I find that the instructions are much simpler and more clearly written. Also, some of Elizabeth Zimmermann's pointers/directions are helpful. Using DPNs can be a bit fiddly if you haven't knit with them for awhile but remember that you can always rip and start again. Lots of luck and I hope you have lots of fun with them. Oh, you could also do like I did: Knit a pair of socks on size 7 DPNs using a worsted (or double knitting) weight yarn. It gives you the chance to get used to how socks are constructed and knit up fast enough that you can use them for house socks, etc. Then you can graduate to the fine yarns smaller needles. Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Thor's picture

I took the plunge today, as well. I have committed to going to the Sock Summit 2009 in Portland, OR later this year so I figured that I had better SUCCESSFULLY knit a pair this time! I am using "David's Toe-Up Sock Cookbook" that I found online and using two circular needles. I got myself a couple hanks of beautiful "Socks That Rock" yarn in medium weight and am doing the obligatory swatch this evening! Best of luck to you on this shared journey into Sock Nirvana!

chipsir's picture

This is great news.....I am sure you will really love it and doing both socks at once is the absolutely finest way to go....the second sock can be a killer lol. I have used all of the above or I guess will be below methods but prefer dpn's and I use a set of 5 rather than 4 as you do not need to move any stitches...2 for the top and 2 for the bottom lol.
Good luck, I look forward to seeing your results.