With the winters just around the corner, many proficient knitters have already dug out their knitting needles and started on myriad interesting knitting projects, including a zillion patterns and styles of socks.
Take the fast road to learning how to knit socks:
For a bounce in your steps and delightful reviews from friends and family, knit a gorgeous pair of snugly sift socks with our easy-to-follow, detailed guide to knitting socks for beginners.
For the rest of you beginner knitters, knitting socks is not that distressing a task that it seems. Sock knitting is often deemed complex and daunting, and even the somewhat advanced beginner knitters fear from knitting a pair, in case they mess it up beyond salvage!
But, fret not knitting enthusiasts, as with our step-to-step guide on how to knit socks – a basic pair, you will be able to knit yourself a cute home-woven pair of socks, which will look adorable and can even be a perfect holiday gift for someone special.
Why Should You Knit Socks?
1. They give fast results – perfect for instant knitting gratification.
2. They have a high portability factor – carry them around easily, unlike bulky sweaters and baby blankets.
3. Knitting socks is a fun and easy way for beginner knitters to grasp all the basic concepts and master another level of knitting.
4. Costs hardly anything – a skein or two will make you 1-2 pairs easily.
5. Sock knitting is a perfect project for watching TV, traveling, board meetings etc.
The best part about knitting a pair of snugly socks is that once you become familiar with the basic template of a sock knitting pattern, you can knit socks practically on autopilot!
A Step-by-Step Guide to Knitting Socks Super Easily
What Do You Need for Knitting Socks
• A 100-grams ball of fingering yarn (preferably 70% wool & 30% nylon)
• 5 double-pointed needles
Know that you can knit socks on a variety of needles and with a million patterns. Sock knitting is a knitting universe on its own, and once you master the basics, you’ll love exploring the depths of this cool craft.
Understanding the Anatomy of a Sock
A properly knitted sock has 6 parts, namely:
1. The cuff
2. Heel flap
4. Heel turn
The best pair of socks has a well-constructed heel. They are very comfortable, and they look much better than those terrible heel-less tube socks, that experienced knitters usually detest!
Getting Started With Two DPN Needles First
1. To keep it simple, we will go with a basic symmetrical design. Take two needles and wrap the yarn around them in a figure-of-eight. Each circle will turn into a line.
For small to medium-sized socks, cast on eight circles on each of the two needles, and for the socks with a bigger size, cast on ten.
Insert the third needle and start with the overlapping loops.
2. Begin knitting with the third needle and knit each stitch on the first needle, across the row. At this point, take the first needle and sew the lines on the second needle. The sewing should now be on the first and third needles. Do not worry if they seem loose, as you will be tightening them up later.
3. Now using the third needle (the casting needle), knit 1, make 1 increase (use the hoop between the stitches). Knit until you are partially over the needle. Put a marker there to check the core of the sock.
• Take another needle, and knit until there is one stitch left, then make 1 and sew the last join.
• To make one line hold your work at level and bring the yarn from the past column suspended between the needles. Lift it up utilizing the tip of the right-hand needle, then move it over the left-hand needle and knit it as though it were an ordinary line.
• Do the same with the second thrusting needle. The whole pattern should look symmetrical and all the needles should be engaged respectively.
Knit 6 stitches per needle for a big sock and 5 for a small one.
4. Knit the first rows (across all four needles), and add the stitches likewise. Proceed until you have 11 (little), 12 (medium), 13 (substantial) or 14 (expansive) joins on each of your four DPN needles.
5. Knit until the sock is around 4 cm (1.5″) from the back of the joint of the sock heel.
Start knitting the heel with short rows to prevent the structural holes in the heel.
6. Leave the two needles for the front of the sock idle, and start knitting in backward & forward manner simultaneously.
• Sew all lines except from the last, then slip the yarn to the front of the work (between the needles).
Slip the unknitted hoop onto the other needle and slip the yarn to the back of the work once more.
Turn the work around, and slip the unknitted line back onto the empty DPN, then keep on knitting as stated.
It will be “on hold” until you lift it up again later to continue knitting. It will stay on the needle, and there will be the same number of stitches on the needle left.
• Purl whatever remains of the column with the exception of the last row.
• Turn the work around and knit until there are two left stitches left on the needle. Wrap this second-to-last join as earlier, and turn the work. Purl everything except the last two lines, wrap the second-to-last fasten, and turn the work.
• For each one column of the sock, wrap the following joins, until you’ve wrapped seven stitches on each side. The last line of this sock knitting methodology must be purling, concluded with wrapping the seventh stitch.
• To complete the second portion of the heel, start clasping each hoop one at a time. Knit one line, and when you get to the initially wrapped fasten, get the circle in the meantime and sew it. Wrap the following fasten once more. At that point turn the work around and begin purling.
• Toward the end of each one column, sew the circle with a loop. Repeat the procedure with all the columns.
• When you’ve reactivated all the joints, you will have a heel shape. The last column of the heel must be a purl line, and you should clasp and end the wrapping process with the last stitch.
Attaching the joint with the rest of the knitted sock:
7. Now place all 5 double pointed needles in a normal position and knit until you achieve the part where the heel joins the principle piece of the sock.
8. Continue to knit the entire four needles as you were before you began the heel. When you get to the part where the heel rejoins the fundamental sock, get the yarn from between the two needles and make another stitch. On the following pass, knit it with the loop beside it, two together. Do the same thing on the opposite side of the heel.
9. Bind off, considerably looser than what be required, because a tight casting off will mean a tight and uncomfortable fit.
Knitting Tips for Better Socks
1. To better tighten the join that falls between the heel flap of your sock and the gusset, just pick up stitches through the back look of chain edge stitches along your sock’s heel flap. This step would twist the knitted stitches and really tighten them up.
2. For a really snugly, dense comfort-fit sock that will last for much longer, just knit the foot section of the sock on a knitting needle that is a size smaller than what your pattern calls for.
3. If you learn the Magic Loop method of circular needles, knitting socks won’t mean the ladders that form from utilizing DPNs.
4. When learning how to knit socks, you should vary your toe and heel sock designs. From ‘the lazy toe’ to many other intricate sock patterns, you can experiment and try all for gorgeous socks that will wow one and all.
For more amazingly easy knitting lessons, come and join designer and author Lucy Neatby’s Knitting Socks classes, where apart from step-by-step guidance on learning how to knit socks for beginners, you can also learn how to knit fashion socks, different lengths, understanding various sock yarns and their differences, to many different sophisticated sock knitting patterns – from fair isle, ribbing to intarsia – sock knitting could not be cooler or easier.
So, get yourself a pair of sharp DPNs, a skein of yarn in your favorite hues and learn to knit a beautiful pair of socks today.
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