Sock Knitting for beginners – 4 online resources to get you started

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  1. My favourite sock DPNs: Karbonz Needles
  2. A finished pair of knitted socks: warm feet!
  3. A heavily cabled sock WIP

So you’ve decided you want to knit socks, perhaps for the reasons I’ve listed in this post.

But how do you get started?

The idea of knitting socks can be intimidating to the uninitiated, though it is really not as complicated as it seems to be. I promise you, if you can knit, you can knit socks.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of resources on the internet to help you get started. Here are four that will provide you will all the information you need:

1. Silver’s Sock Class

By far the best photo tutorial for learning to knit a single top down sock on four double pointed needles. Seriously, I can’t recommend this tutorial highly enough. If you can knit basic stitches, Silver will show you how to knit a sock. It’s how I myself learned to knit socks.

One of the reasons Silver’s Sock Class is so good is because she doesn’t simply provide a pattern. Once you finished the tutorial, you’ll understand sock construction and you’ll be able to knit socks without a pattern.

2. Knitty Socks 101 and Socks 102

Knitty, the online knitting magazine that is always a good source of information, also offers two excellent articles on sock knitting.

Socks 101 offers a very good tutorial on basic sock construction, as well as a basic sock pattern to get you started.

Socks 102 expands on the basic concepts of sock construction and explains different heel options. It also shows how to insert your own stitch variations into your basic pattern and how to adjust to different yarns.

3. Ravelry

No discussion of online knitting resources can be complete without mentioning ravelry.

If you’re learning to knit socks, this website will also be invaluable.

You’ll have to sign up for a free account, but then you’ll have access to many helpful knitters who’ll gladly offer assistance if you run into any difficulties.

Two groups I’d recommend and that I’m personally a member of are Sock Knitters Anonymous and Sock Knitters.

Ravelry is, obviously, also great for finding new and exciting patterns. There’s plenty of free ones to keep you going.

4. YouTube

Photo tutorials are great, but many people prefer to be shown in a live action what they’re supposed to be doing.

I like Kelley’s Sock Class for showing how to do socks on circular needles using the magic loop technique. For DPNs, try this video instead.

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