Anybody know how to knit socks?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by TerriLaChicks, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Crowing

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    Are there any beginner instructions or you-tube videos or something that could help a beginner learn how to knit socks? just basic socks, nothing fancy. Thanking you in advance for any help/advice!
  2. sebocat

    sebocat Chirping

    Apr 27, 2012
    Sterling, AK
    I ended up buying a book by Patons on sock knitting, it seems pretty clear. Of course, I bought several other books, too!

    I am finishing up a scarf and I'll be knitting a pair of socks next! we should do sock KAL!
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Crowing

    Nov 10, 2010
    My Gram knitted socks for all of us the grandkids - 12 of usin all. Best Christmas presents ever! Even better than the scarves and mittens.
    I still have the last pair that she made for me - there are too many dropped stiches so I can't wear them for fear of them unwraveling. I am hoping to find someone who knits that can pull the pattern off this pair so I can make more.
    She made neat-o socks that twisted up into a tight tube shape when you washed them, then un-twisted and expanded when you put them on. Never had cold feet when I was ice-skating because of Grams thick, knitted socks.
  4. erinszoo

    erinszoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2011
    North Central Oklahoma
    I knit simple socks. I do a k1 p1 for six or seven rows knitting in the round and then straight knit until they are as long as I want, finishing off by decreasing for the toe area and stitching it closed. They are just tube style with no heel pocket on them. I borrowed books from my library on knitting and they had a couple that were nothing but socks. I make heavy wool ones that the kids can wear around the house in winter with no shoes.
  5. CarolineNH

    CarolineNH In the Brooder

    Sep 27, 2010
    Sandown, NH
    I knit socks - always have socks in my purse in case I get stuck waiting somewhere! I use size 1 double points (2.25 mm needles), 72 stitches. I do 20 rows of k1p1 ribbing, then 52 rounds of plain stockinette (totals 72; easy to remember) and I use the little brass coil-less pins to keep track of rows.

    I do the heel on half of the 72 stitches - 36 stitches, 36 rows. Easy to remember. Then I do the heel turn on half of that - 18 stitches. I pick up stitches for the gusset (20 or 21 stitches on each side, as long as both are the same it doesn't matter), and decrease every other round until I'm back to 72 stitches. Then I knit - wait for it! - a total of 72 rounds for the foot until I start the toe. I use the German Round Toe for the toe so that I never have to kitchener. (I also like the way it fits.)

    I count the number of rows for the foot from the pickup row of the gusset, and again use the little brass pins to keep track. I put a little pin every 10 rows, and re-use the pins from the leg when I start counting for the foot length. I do adjust the length of the foot for different people, but so far my generic 72-stitch pattern works for everyone.

    I have been knitting for a very long time (I had a grandmother who taught me when I was a child), and knitting socks for a really long time (since around 1990, when Vogue Knitting had an article on knitting socks). If you have any questions on certain parts of the sock pattern, or need to find a video to show a technique, please feel free to ask. I'd be happy to look for videos that might work for you, or help any way I can.
  6. I like Cat Bordhi on you tube and she has some great books. She is a no fuss, easy to follow sock knitter. I love her sweet tomato heels!
  7. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    try going to they have lots of videos and a forum with lots of helpful folks, there also are a couple ways to do socks, on circular needles, double point and a technique called 'magic loop' - i am a new knitter and have found lots of help there
  8. I have knitted 2 pairs on DPNs and magic loop. Next I am going to do toe up, two at a time magic loop. I hate counting and trying to match the socks when I do them individually.
  9. eggchel

    eggchel Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    I made these ankle socks two-at-a-time using the Magic Loop method. [​IMG] Chel
  10. I have been defeated by socks. How did you learn?


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