View Full Version : Am I kidding myself? Can a new knitter knit simple socks?

10-12-2006, 03:36 PM
Hello, my name is Natrasha, and I am obsessed with socks. I had crocheted a couple of pair of socks, but I kept seeing knitted socks, and they just seemed ...well... so much more awesome than crocheted socks.

So I decided that I had to learn to knit, just so I could knit me some socks.

I can knit and purl and am pretty confident with it, but I have never knitted a scarf or a dishcloth or anything at all, because all I can think about doing is knitting socks. I do have many, many swatches of knitting practice.

Am I ready to try knitting a simple sock pattern? My heart says yes, but the frustration factor is there to be reckoned with, I know. Are socks really best left until after I've made myself do a couple of dishcloths or scarves? What say you?

10-12-2006, 03:38 PM
Go for it and if you get stuck, you can post here and get help. You sound ready to me; determination in knitting is a very valuable trait. :muah:

10-12-2006, 03:45 PM
Yeah, go for it! :cheering: If you're worried about getting in over your head with heel shaping and such, I bet tube socks would be an easy way to uh... get you feet wet, as it were. :wink:

10-12-2006, 03:48 PM
You sure can!

I'd suggest you try first with this baby sock pattern, because it goes quickly (instant gratification!) yet has all the principles of larger socks, and has Amy's helpful videos for many of the steps!


10-12-2006, 04:00 PM
You can do whatever you put your mind to, especially with all the support you can expect from this site!

10-12-2006, 04:49 PM
You can absolutely do it!! Kristin (Silver) wrote her sock tutorial especially for new knitters...if you can knit and purl, you can knit socks. The first one might be a little wonky, but you *can* do it! :cheering:

Silver's Sock Class: http://www.cometosilver.com/socks

10-12-2006, 04:53 PM
GO FOR IT!!!!!!! You can do it and like all the other people have already said there is a bunch of great sock knitters to help you out on here. My philosophy is knit what you like and just keep plugging away until you get it the way you want it.

10-12-2006, 05:19 PM
You want to knit socks. You know how to knit and you know how to purl. You've got needles and yarn. . .

You can totally knit socks. ^_^

10-12-2006, 07:21 PM




But be very careful, because it's totally addictive!

10-12-2006, 07:29 PM
Didja cast on yet, huh, didja? :teehee:

10-12-2006, 07:40 PM
Someone blogged that socks were her very first project (I can't remember who), so yes, it most definitely can be done. I, for one, am always impressed by knitters who do "unconventional" first projects.

10-12-2006, 07:43 PM
My first pair of socks was my 3rd project. And it was an "Advanced" pattern. I didn't realize that when I picked it! :blush:

10-12-2006, 08:19 PM
I'm a new knitter myself and I am working on my first pair. Trust me, if I figured it out, anyone can do it! Just keep on knitting!!! xxx

10-12-2006, 08:52 PM
I agree! Go for it! I would make at least one baby size sock first just so that you can learn the techniques. socks are a fairly easy knit, but, if you mess up, it's easier to not get as frustrated if you have less time invested.

Good luck!!!!!

10-12-2006, 11:29 PM
You can absolutely do it!! Kristin (Silver) wrote her sock tutorial especially for new knitters...if you can knit and purl, you can knit socks. The first one might be a little wonky, but you *can* do it! :cheering:

Silver's Sock Class: http://www.cometosilver.com/socks

I had never done any work with any yarn (or anything creative really ever) and after three months of knitting two scarves, i was able to complete silver's sock class. if it can teach me, it can teach anyone

10-12-2006, 11:50 PM
Go girl go! Knit yourself some socks!

10-13-2006, 01:54 AM
Yes you can! :D definitely go for it!! :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

10-13-2006, 02:27 AM
How's this for inspiration....

I recently "taught" a sock knitting class. They all made a simple little baby sock in worsted weight yarn. We had two crocheters that gave knitting socks a try. Neither had knitted before this sock. And OMG....one made a *perfect* sock! The other did an outstanding job and has just finished her first pair of slipper socks. And I must add they referenced this site for any out of "class" help!

So you can definitely do it!

10-13-2006, 08:37 AM
You can do it! A sock was the first thing I ever knitted outside of practice stitches! Silver's sock tutorial is wonderful!

10-13-2006, 09:32 AM
:muah: Wow, thanks one and all! I feel very inspired, especially by those of you who said that your first project was socks. Sweet! And thank you for the references to the tutorials. I hadn't thought about doing a baby sock first, but that may be the way to go, because I am all about instant gratification.

brownishcoat, I have cast on some dpns with ww wool to practice knitting in the round. Amy's video was quite helpful with that. For actual socks, I'm waiting on some smaller size Brittany dpns that I ordered...but when they get here, I'm all over it. :thumbsup:

10-13-2006, 10:53 AM
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10-13-2006, 10:56 AM
Go knit those socks. You can do it. I love the pattern someone posted. I am going to use it myself for grandchildren.


10-13-2006, 11:25 AM
I would say absolutely one hundred percent yes. I'd do a baby sock first on DPNS and then perhaps once you see how the sock is constructed and then maybe consider moving over to two circs. I've moved to two circs and am loving it - have made two pairs with two circs they are fast and easy.

Also go here:


10-13-2006, 01:29 PM
Just as encouragement I am a self-taught knitter since this past June and I am starting on my 3rd pair of socks. I love Wendy Johnson's Toe-up pattern. (http://wendyknits.net/knit/featherandfansock.pdf) The short row shaping is the only tricky part and I was able to figure out a way to do that fairly easily!


10-13-2006, 04:52 PM
Go for it!!! All you really gotta do is do what it says!!! Just because I have trouble with that doesn't mean you have to. :teehee: Socks are fun to do. And truly not hard. Looking forward to seeing the photos!!! samm