sock novice

I am no novice at knitting ive been doing so for little over 17 years now, but, shock horror!, I haven't a clue as to how to knit socks, any handy tips, or perhaps links to a website that explains it as if though I am a complete a total moron???



PhilNmtl's picture

Judging from the quality, complexity and variety of the rest of your work Jason, this is going to be a no brainer. My first project was a pair of old-lady slippers and my second was a pair of socks. First rule...forget the mystique about knitting socks and just do it. I prefer double pointed needles and used bamboo for quite a while to keep stiches form slipping off. I no long find that necessary. Read down a ways in the form and you will also see lots of comments about magic loop. My first suggestion would be to get a basic, well laid out pattern ( I started with Melinda Goodfellow's Classic Socks Ann Norling has a very clear basic pattern as well). It helped me to see how the whole business fit together. When I understand how something is put together I do better. I appreciated having a variety of sizes and wool weights to choose from. It is also important for you to have dp's that are not too long and fit your hands well. The only other thing that I might suggest is to have both socks on the go at the same time adn knit them in alternate sections ie. cuff A, then cuff B, leg A then Leg B etc. Many of us have orphans hanging around when we grew weary after having completed one!

I look forward to seeing your progress. BUT be forewarned, socks are addictive...very addictive Cheers! - Phil

Jason1978's picture

Thanks for the info Phil, I will make a start and keep everyone updated on my progress, I hope it's not as addictive as you say, because a sock addiction next to my scarf addiction would be hell on my social life

'Why are you weeping? Did you imagine that I was immortal?'

Hi Jason
Phil covered a good share of the advice that I would give. I have taught basic sock classes in the past and always suggested my students start with a worsted weight yarn and and larger DPN's. It is much easier than learning on thin fingering weight, but always left it up to them what to use.
And as Phil said stay away from magic loop, once you have the formula down for DPN's the magic loop will make a lot more sense. Same goes for two socks at once on circulars, I make them from time to time but I do love my bamboo DPN's
Here are some helpful sites to check out if you have not already been to them.
Hope this helps...make sure you show your first sock, I love to see sock fledglings work!

Turn back now before socks take over your life. I can't speak for others, but here's how this particular moron got started:

Good luck.


YarnGuy716's picture

No one can resist the call of the socks.... ::grins::

YarnGuy716's picture

I would go with the Basic Sock pattern by Ann Budd or Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (the Yarn Harlot). Unless you are very familiar with Magic Loop, I would start out sock knitting on DPNs because almost every pattern is knit that way. Sock knitting isn't as hard as it looks, it is the best portable project, and when you turn a heel it will make you feel like the smartest knitter on the planet.

You will also be amazed at how quickly you amass a sock yarn stash. Don't listen to PeterMark, there's already no turning back! :-)

grandfatherknits's picture

My name is David and I'm a sock knitter. (Hi David!)
It has been 1 week since I last worked on a sock. (Applause)

Wow. A full week. I can't make it through the day. Maybe I should come along to one of your meetings. I'm powerless. You made it a week? Wow.


JDM511's picture

I have not really knit a pair of socks. I made a sock like object. I bought some really cheap and ugly worsted weight yarn. I cast on a sock not really caring about the size. I had read and reread the pattern several times and my mind could just not figure out what was going on with the turning of the heel. I just followed the instructions row by row and all of a sudden the heel appeared and turned for me. The finished object was way too big and bulky to be wearable, but I was happy with the project. I have been unable to find a fingerling weight yarn that I like, so I have put socks on the back burner while I cast on for a cable sweater for me!! I think I will need a nice warm sweater since it will cost so much to stay warm this winter.


teejtc's picture

I don't have much information to add than has already been given, but I'd simply say (1) start with DPNs, (2) start with a top-down pattern, and (3) don't let anyone fool you, socks aren't as difficult as sweaters. The only thing easier is a scarf. REALLY.

You won't have any trouble with them :-)

Grace and Peace,