Socks are one of my favorite knitting projects to have on the go. I’ve always got a pair on my needles! They’re incredibly portable, make excellent gifts, and are often a relatively quick knit compared to shawls and sweaters.
Also, with the array of amazingly talented indie dyers in our fabulous knitting community, you’re able to knit them in any color your heart desires.
Hand-knit socks are also highly customizable! Once you understand the shape of your feet, you’ll be able to plunk in the heels and toes that fit you best in any pattern you choose – you’ll never want to go back to store-bought socks again!
Are you looking for patterns? You’ll find our sock patterns here.
GENERAL SOCK INFORMATION
POPULAR TECHNIQUES USED IN SOCK KNITTING
- Judy’s Magic Cast-on (links to YouTube video)
- Magic Loop (links to YouTube video)
- Old-Norwegian Cast-on
- Stretchy Sock Bind-Off
- Kitchener Stitch
- Afterthought Heel (toe-up and cuff-down)
- Heel Flap & Gusset (toe-up)
- Heel Flap & Gusset (cuff-down)
- Peasant Heel (toe-up and cuff-down)
- Short Row Heel (toe-up and cuff-down)
- Picot Cuff (toe-up and cuff-down)
- Ribbed Cuff (toe-up and cuff-down)
- Rolled Cuff (toe-up and cuff-down)
SOCK KNITTING TIPS & TRICKS
- Are you trying to beat the second-sock syndrome blues? Try working them in tandem with a second set of needles or two at a time (TAAT)! Here’s a video tutorial! (links to YouTube).
- New to a W&T and picking up wrapped stitches? You may find this tutorial helpful (links to YouTube).
- SWATCH! Swatching is an incredibly important skill for knitting items that are meant to fit a particular way. Swatching also includes washing and blocking the swatch as you would when you wash the final project — this will help prepare for any whoops that may occur and prevent any sizing issues. Here’s a video tutorial (links to YouTube).
- Some knitters find the easiest way to get two socks that match perfectly is by placing locking stitch markers every 10 or 20 rounds, making it easy to duplicate the second sock with the exact same number of rounds (the number of rounds is far more accurate than simply measuring).