Are You Ready to Knit Socks?

Knitting socks can be addictive fun and provide warm happy feet for everyone in your world who will appreciate your hand-knit love. Here’s a self-assessment to help you determine if you are ready to knit socks and some helpful advice if you need to brush up on some skills.

1. Can make the knit stitch and purl stitch? Both are required for making socks.

If the answer is yes, move on to the next question.

If the answer is no, it sounds like you need to brush up your skills before taking on sock knitting. A good and inexpensive way to practice and to try out new stitch patterns is to make dishcloths.

Here are some patterns to try. You can find appropriate cotton yarn to make these at most any hobby store that carries yarn.

Once you can make the knit and purl stitch you can learn to knit in the round. (See the answer to question 3 for resources for learning to knit in the round.)

2. Is your knitting gauge consistent and your stitches uniform in shape?

If the answer is yes, move on to the next question.

If the answer is no, it sounds like you need to brush up your skills before taking on sock knitting. Check out the recommendations in the answer to question 1 for tips on improving your skills.

3. Can you knit in the round? Have you practiced and are comfortable knitting in the round using double-point needles, 2 circular needles, one long circular needle (Magic Loop), or one short circular needle (applies only to top-down socks)?

If the answer is yes, move on to the next question.

If the answer is no, check out these videos for different methods of knitting in the round then try some simple patterns with a little shaping to get the hang of working with your chosen method.

4. Do you have the right materials and tools?

  • Yarn – enough yardage and appropriate type for socks?
  • Needles – to get gauge for your pattern and to knit using your chosen method
  • Pattern – toe-up sock pattern with gauge to match what you get with the selected needles and yarn
  • Tools – ruler, measuring tape, stitch markers, scissors

Having what you need before you start means you get to focus on the knitting, not stopping to search for a tool or run to the store or having to order something online. Once you’ve got everything together, you are ready to knit socks.

Let’s get knitting!

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