You might be surprised to learn that knitting socks looks much harder than it actually is. I was a knitter for well over a decade before I attempted them, thinking (incorrectly) that socks were some kind of mystical knitting magic that only the bravest, best, most daring of knitters could possible execute.
It turns out I was just being really, really dumb (HUGE surprise to anyone who knows me!). Granted, my first pair were a lumpy, sad disaster with a heel that somehow ended up in the arch of my foot, BUT my second pair was entirely wearable! And then I found myself knitting nothing but socks, and here I am, aged 40 (almost), surrounded by piles of socks, piles of sock yarn, and heaps of sock knitting needles. Beware, dear reader, for sock knitting is a highly addictive activity to engage in.
I’ve drafted a free pattern for beginners looking to get started, which I’ll embed below. This will teach you everything you need to know to knit a pair of basic socks using my preferred method, Magic Loop. Yes, theoretically you can knit socks on double-pointed needles, but frankly I hate those fussy little sticks. If DPNs make you happy however, then by all means knit with them! But I find Magic Loop free of fuss, and thus I will be a Magic Loop loyalist until the day I die.
Along with the pattern, I’ve also filmed tutorial videos for each step of the sock-making process!
Knitting the Cuff and Leg
Heel Flap and Gusset
Shaping the Toes
Grafting the Toes Closed with Kitchener Stitch
And in case you are unfamiliar with the technique, here’s a handy tutorial on knitting Magic Loop!
Learn how to get more rounded toes on your knit socks!
The Amberwing Socks: A knitting pattern that uses traditional Estonian Inlay (Roosimine) techniques!
Sometimes, I just want to sit down and knit a regular old sock – no fuss, frills, embellishments, textures, lace, cabling, bells, whistles, accoutrement, etc.,. I just want miles of stockinette from the cuffs to the toes so my brain can take off on pleasant adventures (of course more often than not, my brain eschews
Hint: There is very little actual knitting involved.
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