It was probably 17 years ago when I knitted my first pair of socks. I found a pattern in a magazine and bought some yarn and started on my adventure of knitting socks. Since I'm a self taught knitter, I didn't know that sock knitting can be problematic. I simply followed the written directions and voila! I had a beautiful sock that fit, too!
But, after my first initial success, I found out that there are special yarns to use for socks; sock yarn. And, I soon replaced my archaic steel DPNs (double pointed needles) for bamboo or wood DPNs. So, let's get started......
This tutorial is written using the standard method of knitting socks with double pointed needles (DPNs). They come in various sizes and materials; steel, wood and bamboo. I use wood or bamboo needles since they are lightweight and the yarn doesn't fall off them easily.
Socks can be knit from any smooth twisted type yarn. But there is also a specific range of yarn made specifically for socks. Sock yarn is usually a blend of wool and nylon or another fiber like polyamide to reinforce the sock and extend the wear. It's best to read the label and make sure the yarn you are using is machine washable. Socks can be made from worsted weight yarn (they will produce a thick boot sock), 6 ply yarn (which is similar to sports weight yarn) and 4 ply yarn (fingering or "sock yarn") which will give you the thinnest sock of the three yarns.
Little Knits. I bought it at a bargain price of $7.99!
Like other knitting projects, your pattern will indicate what type of yarn to use and what size of needle to use. Basically, the thicker the yarn, the larger the needle. For a beginner sock knitter, you may want to start with worsted weight yarn or 6 ply sock yarn. (Worsted weight yarn is readily found and inexpensive and machine washable.)
Here is the pattern link for socks using worsted weight yarn. Here is the pattern link for socks using 6 ply sock yarn.
You are going to need the following:
1 skein worsted weight yarn or 6 ply sock yarn (machine washable)
1 set DPNs size 4
Stitch markers (you can use safety pins if you wish)
Each Sunday (if all goes well), I will post a segment of the sock knitting 101 knit along. It will begin on February 8th with:
1. Cast on
Basically, we will be following the sock diagram above. As long as you know how to knit and increase/decrease, you will glide through this tutorial easily. And, along the way, I would love to see the photos of your progress.
So, go get your needles and yarn and to make it easier, sign up to follow this blog via e-mail and that way the tutorial updates can be delivered to your inbox. We are going to have fun!
By Sunday, February 8th, I will have the first segment of the tutorial posted. Please feel free to comment if you have any questions. And, one last thing, I'm linking up today at Happy Friday so stop by and meet some great people.
See you soon!
P.S. I have seen so many lovely wintry pictures on your blogs. But since I don't have snow here where I live in California, I thought I would share these two lovely pictures I received from my friend in Belarus: