How about if we have a little chat about sock knitting? I have been receiving a few questions lately about the socks I knit, my favorite needles and all that jazz. I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favorite things as well as hear about yours.
Starting off with my go-to sock book. The first book that I bought when I was really learning to knit socks was , Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd. This book I recommend to any and all because I think it is perfection.
The knitting needles. You may notice from my pics that I am all about the DPNs. I have tried magic loop as well as two circs, but I love DPNs. How about the brand? Knitting needles are all about the individuals preference and yarn. Here are some of my favorites:
- Hiya Hiya Steel
- Knitter's Pride Karbonz
Getting to the actual sock knitting techniques. I begin with cuff down. Not a fan of toe up. I like the long tail cast on as the stretchiness is spot on for me.
On to the heel. After knitting many pairs of socks I have begun inserting my own favorite heel flap, a simple slip stitch rib.
Heel turn for me equals Dutch heel:
Row 1 (RS) K21, SKK, turn
Row 2 (WS) Sl 1, P10, p2tog, turn.
Row 3 (RS) Sl 1, k10, SSK, turn.
Row 4 (WS) Sl 1, p10, p2tog,turn.
Repeat rows 3-4 until 12 stitches remain.
We knit and knit and end with a toe, I like a classic round toe. Here is a great video tutorial from Knitting Blooms ( she has many great tutorials).
There are many great posts for us sock knitting addicts from the community.
- Glenna is one of my sock knitting heroes. It is not hard to find a brilliant post about socks when visiting her. Here is an wonderful post for beginning sock knitting.
- Staci is another sock knitter that inspires me to no end. Her sock drawer is a thing of beauty and her instagram page make me want to knit all the socks.
- Then we have Mina, of the Knitting Expat podcast. In the month of January she had a knit-off with Fairy Little (also a podcaster) seeing who can knit the most socks. Gotta love this trailer that Fairy Little created for their competition.
Now to you...are you a sock knitting addict? What are some of your favorite techniques, patterns and general loves about sock knitting?
Have the best day today!