How do I knit a sock?

by Dorothy on March 12, 2011

I’m a relatively new knitter (about a year now) and I’ve always wanted to learn how to make socks. The trouble is, I just can’t seem to get the hang of it. I’ve read step by step instructions, watched countless videos on YouTube, but I just seem to have this sock-block.

Can anyone explain how to make socks very easily for me? Thank you!

There are several patterns and several different ways to knit socks. basically, you are going to knit a tube. In order to knit a tube without seams, you knit the tube in the round, either using 4 double pointed needles, or circular needles. I find the 4 needles way easier than you expect, because you are only ever working on 2 needles at a time.
To practice, try making the Lion brand cottage socks, they use the basic sock design but on large needles, so they go pretty fast.
you cast on your stitches, and divide them on to 3 needles. The first row is the hardest, this is where you create the circle. Take your 4th needle, and insert the point into the first stitch you cast on, and knit it. put a little marker on the stitch, so you will remember where you started. keep knitting all the stitches on that needle, you are now knitting in the round. When you come to the end of the needle, just insert the point of your now empty needle into the first stitch on the next needle and knit it. Give the stitch an extra tug to tighten it, then continue knitting.
Once you have completed the top of the sock, you need to knit the heel. The heel flap is knit back and forth, and you decrease it to make it curve, so that it curves around your heel.
Now you have to pick up some additional stitches so you can make room for the top of your foot, the largest part of your foot is from the bend in the top of your foot to the bottom of the heel, so you will need to add some stitches by picking up extra stitches. you will go back to knitting all the stitches again, in the round. continue til you get to the toe, bind off,and you are done.
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