View Full Version : how do you knit socks of circular needles?
07-23-2008, 06:33 PM
I have tried and I can't seem to do it :hair:I want to learn how. I have made socks on DPN'S ,now I want to be able to say ' I have made socks on circular needles'
Anyone have a link to a video that will show me how to do it. I've read a pattern on knitting socks in the round ,but I am not getting it:shrug:
Jan in CA
07-23-2008, 06:43 PM
Are you trying to use two circulars or use Magic Loop which is one long circular?
07-24-2008, 04:34 AM
I don't knit socks myself, but when my youngest sister started using magic loop instead of dpns she placed stitch markers were the junction between 2 dpns would have been and just followed the patern
07-24-2008, 12:53 PM
Here are the 2 sites I used to learn socks on 2 circs:
07-25-2008, 01:41 PM
I haven't tried socks yet, but it's on my list of things to do. :) I did learn how to do magic loop and used it for baby booties, pantlegs, and even the top of a baby hat, so I know it will do the job. It's easy once you get the hang of it, and it's really nice to only need one circular needle.
There's a video on circular needles right on this site.
Go to: http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques and then it's on the list of circular techniques. There's both two needles and magic loop.
Here's a pattern for socks on two circular needles: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter02/PATTstraightlaced.html
And here's a link to do two at once Magic Loop socks.
(The link to download the pattern is at the bottom of the page, so you have to scroll down to it.)
I got this book from the library - http://www.knitpicks.com/2-at-a-time+Socks_BD31045.html and it has a really good tutorial and the patterns looked easy to follow. Of course the book is due back before I get a chance to try it out, but it had a lot of pictures and detailed directions and I was able to learn a lot just by reading the tutorial.
07-26-2008, 01:02 AM
One more thing...I followed the directions in the socks book (the link I gave you above) on how to put two loops on one needle, and it's not too hard...the trickiest part was keeping the yarn and cables untangled, but I can see how it could be efficient in the long run. Anyway, just wanted to give you a head's up that if you want to try two socks on one needle, I think it's easier to learn basic magic loop first, like make one sock on one needle to start, and then when you feel like you have that down, then work with two things on the same needle. Less confusing that way. :)
07-26-2008, 07:21 PM
Thank you all for the information you all have givin. I have tried to do both two circulars and Magic Loop. But I haven't got past the first row.
I will look into some of the links from Rachel and Mirl56.
Thank you all. I may be back asking more questions later on.
07-27-2008, 01:14 PM
cat bordhi has a ton of videos on you tube, too.
personally, i think 2 circs is much easier than magic loop... just my opinion tho!
07-28-2008, 01:12 PM
:) I still have hard time with the first three rows or so on magic loop, but after that the tube quits twisting as much so it's easier to keep track of where you're at. Just remember that the working yarn is on the back cord and the outside of your project is facing you on the front needle, if that makes sense. On my first magic loop project I got confused and ended up knitting part of it inside out, so now I just always remember...working yarn on the cord, front facing me on the needle!
Whatever you figure out, have fun! :)
there is a magic loop online class i think starting in august at fuzzylamb.com, i finished a class with christina and she's brilliant. the class was great. i have made 2 pairs so far and will be making loads more its such fun and quick too bout.
07-30-2008, 02:59 PM
It is really much easier than using dpn. You just take the number of cast on stitches and divide in half. Join at the beginning. And begin. The best instructions (written) I have found are Cat Bordhi's. I learned from her book and she is WONDERFUL about answering questions. You can find a tutorial (hers) on youtube.com on knitting socks on circs. Any questions, feel free to email me.
07-30-2008, 08:40 PM
I just learned socks on 2 circs and love it. Getting started can be trying, but once the first few rounds are done its easy peasy. Here's what I do...cast all your stitches onto one circular and then split them btwn needles evenly adn then you knit half the stitches and then the other half. You knit with the circular your stitches are on so the stitches never really change needles
It makes a lot more sense in my head than it does in words...
07-31-2008, 04:01 AM
I'm actually knitting my next pair of socks on one very short circular needle. It's approximately 9 inches long and will accommodate a sock. :) I've practiced with it, but I haven't made a full sock yet.
05-17-2010, 12:15 PM
I have just started knitting socks on one circular needle. I am using a size 1 US 29" circular. I found some great tutotials on Knit Picks web site. It takes you from cast on to weaving the toe. When I started my first one the sides were really loose. But, as I went along they tightened up and I did not get the laddering on the sides.
Have faith and don't give up. I love doing socks this way. I've looked at doing them on two circulars, but looks to confusing. I have done them on dpn but this is easier.