View Full Version : How do (did) you learn knitting socks?

08-14-2007, 06:32 PM
I think i need socks...my feet got cold everyday...but i don't know what books or pattern to buy...

so, i would like to hear your learning about socks and the sources you use...books or patterns...what books that provide the easiest project, tutorial with quite a lot easy and fun variation...ah, too much to ask...i saw a lot in amazon.com...but too 'lot'...so i'm confused...:think:

i think i can make socks with worsted yarn...is it possible?...:think:


08-14-2007, 06:42 PM
20 people are probably simultaneously writing to say to go to Silver's (http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass_Intro.htm) Sock class. OK, it's not how I learned, but then I learned years ago by just being stubborn and wanting to learn so found a simple looking pattern and did it! Since then I found Silver's website and her class and it's where I send anyone who wants to learn. The most difficult parts for most people are knitting on DPN's if they never have before and their fear of the heel. For some reason people think it is a really difficult part, but it is my most favorite part because the rest of the sock is just going around and around in circles even if there is a pattern to it. After a while even a pattern can get boring. :) Have fun!

08-14-2007, 06:43 PM
I used Nenah Galati's Sock I dvd and Charlene Schurch's Sensational Knitted Socks book to learn to knit socks.

08-14-2007, 06:59 PM
My first sock experience was at a local yarn store. This resulted in a sock that I later frogged so I could re-use the yarn.

Then I learned toe-up from Knitty.com and made my first 2 actual pairs of socks on dpns.

Next was Silver's and her awesome 2 at a time Magic Loop socks.

I'm glad I tried the regular cuff down one at a time sock pattern first to get the idea of sock construction. I also thought that if I had someone in front of me showing me how to kitchener, it would be easier than trying to slog through myself. Funny enough, I left my first sock class just as puzzled about kitchener and grafting as I started and it didn't become clear to me until I watched the videos on this site.

Socks are ok to make but I'm not as into them as many others on this site. The needles are just too darn tiny and the yarn too fine for my tastes :shrug:


08-14-2007, 07:02 PM
Mine was Silver. Silver silver silver silver!:woohoo:
I have been obsessed with knitting socks ever since my first knit stitch, so i had to. I am currently working on a pair of complicated boot socks from Favorite Socks, and since the directions are a bit hard to follow, I find myself going back to silver's instructions to compare and figure out. So even if you move on to more complicated socks, Silver and her tutorial is an invaluable resourse!:clink:

08-14-2007, 07:11 PM
I used Silver tutorial. :cheering:
I also referred to the sock chapter in my copy of Yarn Harlot's Knitting Rules. It takes sock knitting down to the basics as well.
I am getting ready to kitchener stitch my toe together on my second sock of my first pair!! :woohoo:
No SSS for me!
So grab some dpn's and go for it.
There's also a sock knitalong in progress and there are some very nice, talented sock knitters available to encourge you along.

08-14-2007, 07:22 PM
I didn't really use Silver's tutorial AS I knit my first pair of socks, but I read through it several times being all jealous and wishing I could knit socks long before. When I eventually did knit my first pair, I just used a pattern. The only time I had any trouble was the phrase "pick up and knit" but other than that, I was fine.

I think if I didn't hear "Short rows may seem wrong at first. Just trust the pattern. No matter what, trust the pattern. It will seem wrong, but it's right" about a billion times before I turned my first heel, I would have had lots of trouble with it. But since everyone made such a big deal of that, I just did it when it came up in the pattern, and everything came out all right.

Anyhow, I'll always recommend Silver's tutorial. It kind of helped me understand the "why" of sock knitting - proportions and whatnot. Definitely the best way to learn in my opinion. It may be helpful to watch Amy's video of turning a heel, as well, if you need that kind of video visual.

But I learned from a basic sock pattern. And now I'm addicted. Shamelessly so. :shrug:

08-14-2007, 07:28 PM
Silver's tutorials! Go Silver! You rock! :cheering::cheering:

08-14-2007, 08:29 PM
All good advice here...........silver's tutorial is so very helpful. I didn't discover it until a yarn seller on Etsy sent me a very basic sock pattern and talked me through my questions. But I visited that tutorial everytime I grafted the toes on socks for months afterwards. Finally I printed out the instructions to keep in my knitting file. But the visuals ARE invaluable. Like someone said, though, you need to go through the process of knitting a sock, I think from the top down, just to 'get it'......you know,.....to understand the process and all the parts. Then you'll see that it is a blank canvas on which you can do practically anything.

And, yes, you can definitely make socks from worsted weight yarn. My very SECOND pair of socks (the ones in my avatar) were made from this booklet, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5131854 (http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5131854)
which has instructions and numbers needed for making each sock from a choice of three different weights of yarn.

Be sure and check out the 'Any Sock KAL', in the knitalongs section of the forum............we'll all be happy to hold your hand and answer questions. Then you'll be ONE OF US...........wahaahhahhhahhhaaaaaaaaaa!

08-15-2007, 07:26 AM
I just sat down one day and said today is the day of making socks. :passedout: That is how I felt no matter what I did it just didn't sink in. I bought the Pure and Simple patterns for socks. I haven't stopped making them. I also kept in my mind what Ingrid says just trust the pattern. I did and my first pair of socks was born.:happydance:
You can't go wrong using Silvers Sock Tutorial either it's great.
just don't give up you will be making socks:flirt:

08-15-2007, 10:24 AM
:waving: http://www.lunaticcafe.com/Patterns/Christmas%20Stocking.pdf (http://www.lunaticcafe.com/Patterns/Christmas%20Stocking.pdf) This is what I used to learn how to make socks. Nice and big and easy to do.

From there I went to Joan's Socks
http://www.cosy-place.com/html/34.html (http://www.cosy-place.com/html/34.html) which make wonderful house or bed socks. That's all it took to learn the mechanics of making socks for me.

After that, cuff down socks are all made pretty much the same way. Yes, you can add fancy stitches and do different toes and heels, but all in all, they are a tube with a heel and a toe. :teehee:

08-15-2007, 10:42 AM
I remember that making socks seemed scary to me, but when I actually did it, it wasn't at all difficult. Silver's tutorials are terrific, and I recommend them to you as others have done. I have a booklet, Patons Pull up Your Socks. The first ones I did were chunky weight Hiking Socks from that book. The patterns are easy to follow, and there are ww patterns and some for thinner yarns. I just purchased the Schurch Sensational Socks book, and it seems very clear. And it gives stitch counts and everything you need for most weights of yarn. Good luck! Can't wait to see your first socks! samm

08-15-2007, 10:43 AM
Silver's tutorial is GOLD!

I made my first pair using it, AND, I made them from worsted acrylic. You can see them on my blog, here (http://houseof9lives.wordpress.com/2007/05/31/sock-it-to-me/). I am currently working on my second pair using actual sock yarn, I'm not real fast, but I'll be posting those too when I get done!

08-15-2007, 11:14 AM
Another Silver groupie here! I thought there was no way I'd ever be able to make a sock, but I read through Silver's class, and then did it while I went along and it just seemed to come together and make sense!

08-15-2007, 11:49 AM
So.....Silver's class is obviously great. LOL!

But I purchased an excellent book called "Knit Socks" by Betsy Lee McCarthy that was also really awesome.

I hear Nancy Bush's tutorials are also amazing.

08-15-2007, 12:15 PM
:heart: Silver! Silver! Silver! :heart:

I'm on my like 10th pair of socks following Silver's basic tutorial instructions! I love it! I was afraid to make them, but her pictures and very clear explanations are easy to follow.

08-15-2007, 12:22 PM
I took a sock knitting class at our local craft store. We were up to the heel flap, then ran out of time. I was so into it, that I made the second cuff and heel flap. So I had two cuffs and heel flaps, but I wanted more. I logged on to knitting help to tell of my new addiction. I was just so in love with knitting in the round. I posted that I still wanted more, and could either knit up a bunch of cuff and heel flaps, or I could try to follow the pattern and complete my pair of socks. Someone advised me to just go for it, and If I get get stuck, to used silver's tutorial.

So I went to silver's tutorial, and I was able to knit my first whole pair of socks. It was so easy to follow, that I couldn't believe I used to fear socks.

So my advice would be, that before you spend the money to take a sock class, you could try the tutorial. Not that I'm sorry I took the sock class. It was really fun to hang out with other knitters, and laugh about our crazy socks.

08-15-2007, 12:47 PM
For my first pair of socks I used the Yarn Harlot's guide to sock-making from Knitting Rules. It's a basic recipe for a top-down sock with a square heel flap. It appealed to me because it really explains how and why the pattern works, and you customize it to fit perfectly.

Lots of sock patterns I saw on the net assumed that most people are a certain size. Although they gave instructions for adjusting sizes, it seemed difficult to customize most of the patterns I saw (especially since I'm a beginner). What can I say - I have big calves and ankles! :pout:

I've since also used various sockulator pattern generators I've seen on the internet - enter your guage and measurements and it spits out a pattern. Very easy.

08-15-2007, 03:14 PM

08-15-2007, 06:57 PM
*Silver is feeling like quite the rockstar* Luv you guys! :inlove:

08-15-2007, 07:25 PM
another silver student here too!
i used her Magic Loop toe up tutorial for my first pair and went from there.

08-16-2007, 07:05 AM
My first sox were done some years BI (before internet) and I started with flat socks on 2 needles, then progressed to DPN.

08-16-2007, 07:50 AM
I'm a big fan of Silver. She rocks!!! :woohoo::yay:

08-16-2007, 11:29 AM
Just reiterating Silver's Sock Tutorial...I'm not too far along as I just started my first sock last night, but I am getting the feel of working with the DPN's.

I don't think it matters HOW you start, as much as the fact that you actually DO start a sock. Go for it!

08-16-2007, 12:33 PM
I'm currently working on my first pair of socks. I'm making them for my dad for christmas. I'm using silver's tutorial. It's great. She rocks. I haven't messed up once yet.

08-16-2007, 12:38 PM
I signed up for a class at my LYS. The teacher never showed up and was stuck waiting outside in the middle of the winter for my DH to come back and get. I was really mad to say the least.

Then another LYS had a class - 2 socks on 2 circs. I signed up for that. It was terrible - the teacher may be able to knit socks but she certainly did not know how to teach the class.

Then I printed Silver's sock class - it is great. It is so easy to follow.

So another Silver vote here...

09-09-2007, 11:41 PM
I got the Getting started knitting socks book by ann budd, and I look at Silvers tutorial and I'm a little confused. Maybe its just how this is worded. The pattern says to K 13, turn work around and with same needle, p26 which i assume means when i get to the end of my round ( on three double pointed needles) i knit the next 13 turn it and purl that same 13 plus 13 more? If thats so aren't they on like two different rows? so then those 26 are on one needle and the other 26 are on another needle. Does anyone out there have this book and kinda know what i'm talking about?? Thanks if you do!! This is my first pair of socks, and i'm stuck!:wink:

09-10-2007, 12:30 AM
Gotta jump on the Silver bandwagon. I had heard about how great Sensational Knitted Socks was and how it was THE book for learning to knit socks. Well, not for me. I tried it, and couldn't even figure out the little class sock they have you do. I got frustrated and gave up on it for a few months, but then I found Silver's suck tutorial. That made it SOOO much easier.

09-10-2007, 06:34 AM
Nice tutorials. :) I hadn't seen those before.
I started out with the Yarn Harlot's generic top down pattern/formula from Knitting Rules and a little help from another tutorial I found online:
Made a few pairs and then learned toe-up from Knitty's formula.
I plan to use one of the socknitters.com "classes" to give two-circs a try soon.
So far I have little interest in Magic Loop. *shrug*

09-10-2007, 08:39 AM
My first sock was after going into a Yarn shop and hearing ohh you can't make socks without a class...so I went home got a simple pattern and found some Paton's Kroy sock yarn... took some doing but I made the socks without the class :teehee:...

I didn't hear about Silver's tutorial till after that and I agree it's great for first time sock knitters...it would have saved me some very :wall: moments....:teehee:

09-10-2007, 08:43 AM
silver silver silver silver silver silver silver :woot::woot:

09-10-2007, 09:57 AM
I learned watching an episode of Knitty Gritty. Then I learned about the 2 circ method and bought the Socks Soar on 2 Circulars...didn't really like the book. Then I found Silver's tutorial for toe up magic loop and I LOVE it! :)

09-10-2007, 10:26 AM
I picked up "Learn to Knit Socks", 12 designs in sport weight yarn by Edie Eckman, published by American School of Needlework. It was super easy - no problems at all. The hardest part is finishing one sock and wanting to move on to a different pattern but knowing I have to make two of the same sock pattern for it to actually be functional. :)

09-10-2007, 01:58 PM
Well I learned to knit socks on 4 DPN's last year at our sit and knit class...What fun we had that night ...we started with a mini sock on 4 needles and half way through
I had managed to to lose 2 of my needles and finished it on the remaining 2 needles!
I found it a bit hard at first all those needles flapping everywhere but once I could control the needles I was off and I haven't stopped knitting socks ever since...I just love all the new yarns that are now available for socks.

09-10-2007, 02:57 PM
I just wanted to add, Silver's magical sock tutorial got a mention on the Knit-Picks podcast this week, so now she's REALLY famous! :cheering:

09-10-2007, 11:56 PM
Me two, I made my first pair of socks for my second Baby 41 years ago, Those socks are older than Silver, Making them 'Golden'.

09-11-2007, 12:04 PM
Me two, I made my first pair of socks for my second Baby 41 years ago, Those socks are older than Silver, Making them 'Golden'.

LOL! :roflhard: