March 27, 2015 4 min read 0 Comments
Sometimes the world of sock knitting can seem a little overwhelming; there are so many options where on earth do you start? If you want to dip your toe into the world of sock knitting here are my top tips for getting started.
You will need knitting needles for working a small circumference in the round. Typically people start with the method they feel most comfortable with for working in the round and this is usually double pointed needles or a long circular for magic loop. You can also knit socks with two circular needles at once or a tiny circular needle. I wouldn’t recommend your first socks on these but they are excellent once you have the hang of basics.
You can buy needles in a wide range of materials including metal, wool and bamboo. Each knitter has their own preferred needle, if you are just starting out I would recommend trying some bamboo needles as they are light and the surface helps to keep your stitches in check or some lightweight aluminium needles as these are also easy to use. Experiment with different needle sizes and materials until you find the perfect combination for you.
Sock yarn is one of the reasons I love knitting socks as much as I do. There is such a fantastic range of gorgeous yarn that is suitable for socks. You need something reasonably hard wearing, although this doesn’t mean your yarn has to contain nylon. With so much choice it can sometimes be hard to know where to start, follow these easy steps and you should be well on your way to gorgeous socks to keep you feet cosy and warm.
If you want to know more about choosing great yarn for socks I have written two articles that you may enjoy reading, especially if you are keen to experiment with different types of yarn.
Some of my favourite yarns for socks include:
Manos Del Uruguay Alegria
SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock
Socks can be knitted from the top down, starting at the cuff and ending at the toe, or from the toe up. There are pros and cons to both methods and as with all things knitting it really is a matter of personal choice. Some people find top down easiest as their first sock as you don’t have a fiddly toe to contend with straight away but really you could pick either method for your first sock.
These two diagrams give you the basic anatomy of a top down and toe up sock with a heel flap and gusset construction.
Here is a list of great resources to help you on your way.
Sock Anatomy © Clare Devine
I hope you enjoy the journey, knitted socks are wonderful.
Happy sock knitting.
Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.
She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.
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