Sock Knitting

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A rainbow of socks from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd

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A Short History of the Knitted Sock. The history of the knitted sock is a long and interesting one. Knitted Islamic stockings and other knitted fragments date from the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries. Many were worked upward in colored patterns that often incorporated the name "Allah" in Kufic (an early Arabic script).

As the craft of knitting spread through Europe, the logic of making knitted hose rather than woven, cut, and sewn hose certainly became evident. Although this old style of hose were still worn, knitted stockings became increasingly popular. Knitted fabric was superior to woven cloth because it retained its shape, it fit better, and it offered new options in design and color.

   
Arabic stocking from Folk Socks by Nancy Bush
Early knitted stockings were wool or linen, coarsely made with large needles. As skill in metalwork advanced, finer needles allowed finer knit work, and knitted silk stockings appeared on royalty and the aristocracy of Europe.

Due to their popularity and usefulness, the knitting of stockings, socks, caps, and other articles of clothing offered a source of livelihood for many people, thereby becoming an industry in its own right. The knitting of stockings gave many peasant laborers an independence they could not have had otherwise.

In spite of the great strides of technology, the making of stockings by hand still holds an interest for knitters. There's an attraction to making a useful item with one's own hands. A hand-knit pair of socks requires techniques that have been developed through history and talents that have been passed on from one knitter to the next. The knitting of stockings or socks provides a connection to history and each pair is, perhaps, a small honor to all the knitters who have had the great pleasure of creating a well-turned heel.

Source: Folk Socks by Nancy Bush, Interweave Press, 1994.


How to Knit a Sock

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Knit the cuff. Begin by casting on the required number of stitches and knitting the cuff, usually in a K1, P1 rib or a K2, P2 rib. The rib hugs the leg and helps keep the sock up.

Knit the leg. There are so many sock patterns to choose from, and this is usually where you begin working a stitch pattern if there is one. Knit the leg until it is the desired height.

Knit the heel flap. The heel flap is the extra bit of knitting that extends along the back of the heel from the ankle bone to the base of the foot. The heel flap is usually knit in a slip-stitch pattern, which adds durability to your sock.

Turn the heel. This is one of the parts of the sock (the other is the gusset) that transitions the leg of the sock to the foot of the sock. The heel turn is usually worked with short-rows, which are nothing more than partial rows worked on just the center stitches.

Knit the gusset. The gusset connects the heel with the instep so that you can work the foot in rounds to the tip of the toe. To form the gusset, you'll pick up stitches along the sides of the heel flap that will connect the newly turned heel stitches with the waiting instep stitches. Once all of the stitches are picked up, you'll work several sets of decreases on every other round until you get back to the number of stitches you have in the leg portion of the sock.

Knit the foot. Now you knit in the round until you reach the desired foot length, not including the toe.

Knit the toe. This involves decreasing on each side of the sock every other row. You'll form a wedge shape, similar to the shape of your toes. If your toes are pointy, you can decrease more; if they're flat, decrease less.

Finish the toe. Work the Kitchener stitch across the toe stitches to form a seamless toe. The Kitchener stitch is worked by using a length of yarn to weave in and out of stitches in a specific pattern that mimics a knit stitch.

Source: Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd, Interweave Press, 2007.

Join Eunny Jang as she takes you through the steps of knitting a sock!



Working Socks From The Toe Up by Ann Budd

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In general, I like to knit socks from the top down, beginning with a cast-on at the top of the leg and ending with the Kitchener stitch at the tip of the toe. But sometimes it's practical (and preferable) to work in the opposite direction—from the tip of the toe to the top of the leg. With this method, you cast on stitches at the tip of the toe, work the foot to the desired length, work short-rows to shape the heel, then work the leg to the desired length, finishing with a flexible bind-off at the top of the leg. One advantage of the toe-up method is that you can try on the socks at any point along the way to make sure that they fit just right.

Another advantage of toe-up sock knitting is that the heel is shaped in short-rows without a heel flap or gussets. You won't have to count rows in the heel flap or pick up stitches for the gussets, which can be particularly helpful if you're working with a highly textured yarn that obscures individual stitches or you tend to have trouble seeing the stitches. And best of all for many knitters, when you work from the toe up, you don't have to work the Kitchener stitch.

Working socks from the toe up is also a good idea if you're worried about running out of yarn. Begin with two balls of equal size, one for each sock. Work the foot to the desired length while you have lots of yarn, then continue up the leg as far as you can before the ball runs out. This is a great way to economize with expensive yarn--buy a single ball for each sock and use every precious yard.

—Ann Budd

A Perfect Sock Cast-On from Nancy Bush

Here's a lesson from Nancy Bush about an Estonian cast-on that's perfect to use for socks because it's so stretchy. I like this cast-on because the space from my heel to where the top of my foot meets my leg is a little bigger than average, and if I'm going to have trouble with a sock fitting, it's going to be there. I always cast-on loosely, but I don't like the look of a really loose cast-on because it can be messy and "loopy." This cast-on is naturally stretchy without looking loose. Try it on your next pair of socks!

Speaking of your next pair, Nancy has written several classic sock knitting books, including  Knitting on the Road and Folk Socks. If you don't have at least one of these sock books, you are missing out on some amazing sock-knitting opportunities!

10 Tips for Longer-Lasting Socks

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Fun striped socks from Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd

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1. Don't wind your yarn into a cake until you're ready to knit. Winding a skein into a cake pulls fibers taut and over months the yarn could lose its ability to spring back into shape.

2. Choose the right yarn for the project; 100% cotton yarn isn't necessarily appropriate for socks because they will quickly bag and lose their shape when worn. Wool and wool/nylon blends are popular for socks because of their innate elasticity.

3. Choose high-quality sock yarn-inexpensive sock yarn tends have short fibers, which pill and wear out more quickly than longer fibers. If your budget is tight, you can find great deals in sale sections.

4. Go down one needle size (or more) when knitting the feet. If a label calls for a US 2 needle, knit the foot of the sock on a US 1, or even a US 0 so you get a dense fabric that holds up to wear.

5. Knit the right size socks. Too-big socks slip around more on the foot and cause more wear as they move around in your shoes.

6. Rinse socks separately before washing with other items. While dye shouldn't run, super-saturated colors might and you don't want your other socks to be affected.

7. Turn socks inside-out when washing. That way the inside of the sock gets a fuzzy halo over time, and not the outside.

8. Consider washing your finished socks in a small mesh bag in the machine so they don't catch on zippers.

9. Don't wash socks in hot water. Even socks labeled "superwash" could felt or shrink a bit.

10. Lay socks flat to dry. Over time, machine drying will lessen stitch definition and make socks look worn. The intense heat of drying might also break down fibers.

—Allison Van Zandt, Simply Socks Yarn Company

 

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  • When I was a kid, I always had holes in the heels of my socks. My mother would stitch them up (not proper darning, because it was a lost cause), and then later I tried dealing with it myself. I tried darning, but on the thin cotton socks of childhood
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  • On Your Toes Socks by Ann Budd. Get your free sock knitting pattern now! I'm going to Sock Summit at the end of July, and I can't wait! I just started a new pair of socks with Knitpicks Stroll, and I love them. The design is a simple lace yarnover
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  • Toys are a wonderful gift, but hand knitted toys make a truly special heirloom. Five Free Knitted Toy Patterns! 1: Nordic Striped Ball; 2. Connemara Pony; 3. Little Lamb Sock Critter; 4. Knitted Cuddlies; 5. Father Christmas We've collected five free
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  • Settle in for our longest Weekend ever! With more than 30 projects for you, all the ones you love, and your home, Interweave Knits Weekend is all about casual, simple knitting for every day.
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  • Join us in celebrating the launch of the Sockupied Spring 2011 eMag with a week of sock yarn giveaways! Do you have a favorite among the five sock patterns in the new issue of Sockupied ? Leave a comment and let us know which sock you would like to cast
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  • Wyeast Socks by Chrissy Gardiner, from the new issue of Sockupied. These socks take their name from the Multnomah word for Oregon’s Mount Hood, home of a historic lodge and ski area. The cable patterns, which are reminiscent of ski tracks, were
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  • A Kathryn Alexander jacket design using energized yarn. What a beauty! There are all kinds of yarns: single ply, novelty, variegated, worsted-weight, hand-dyed, and so on. But until I got the eMag SpinKnit , I'd never heard of "energized yarn
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  • Lisa and I are hard at work, racing to our deadline on Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011, but I thought I'd take a quick break to see what some of our designers from Knitscene Fall 2010 are up to. Our featured designer, Hannah Fettig , has been hard at
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  • Do you ever feel like your hopes and dreams begin with a cast-on? I know, that's a little bit over the top, but I do get really excited when I'm about to cast on a new project. I can't wait to feel how the yarn will knit up, try different
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  • Far Eastern Flair from Around the World in Knitted Socks by Stephanie Van Der Linden I've been leading a sock club at my LYS for a little more than a year now. We started with a pair a month, but there were only a couple of clubbers that finished
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  • We all have our go-to resources, right? And if you're like me, you have several! This post is dedicated to my favorites, and because we're having a super sale on hurt books (most are really just like new, though), this is your chance to get some
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  • I was amazed to see how many folks wrote in to say that they, too, were "pattern fiddlers" –folks like me who use knitting patterns as a creative jumping-off place for making their own unique garment. I love this about knitters, I really
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  • I met Cookie A at Sock Summit and a gracious stranger took our picture. We're so thrilled to be able to offer you a brand new sock pattern by Cookie A, brilliant sock designer and the author of the book Sock Innovation ! Her new design, Cubist Socks
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  • Party Socks by Nancy Bush, from Knitting Traditions . Ever since I got my issue of Knitting Traditions , I've been thinking a lot about knitting socks. I'm planning to knit the Party Socks by Nancy Bush (photo at left) and I'm in the swatching
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  • A note from Kathleen: Raise your hand if you've bound off too tightly, bound off on the wrong side, or bound off too loosely. My hand is WAY up; how 'bout yours? I was recently looking through my back issues of Interweave Knits (which I can now
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  • Monkey Socks: Wrap-Up Our first knit-a-long was a great success! When I started this knit-a-long back on July 1, I wasn't sure how it would go. I'm thrilled that Monkey Socks by Cookie A. were knit by about 20 people and to date there are 241
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  • A few years back, I shared an office with Ann Budd, and she brought in a piece of childhood knitting to share...except that this wasn't a misshapen scarf, or a lumpy set of mittens. This was a hobby horse, complete with I-cord reins and matching ears
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  • I might become a video nut. I bought a teensy weensy video camera recently, and suddenly, I'm realizing how much fun it is to send video emails to my family and friends, and take little videos of my new kitten...so when I went to the Knit-Out &
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  • One of the best entrelac tutorials I've ever seen is the Beyond the Basics article written by Eunny Jang in the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Since entrelac can be a bit tough to explain, here's an excerpt from that article: Entrelac
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  • Note from Sandi: When I asked you how you were a Fearless Knitter in 2008, hundreds of you described not only what you had accomplished last year, but what you hoped to accomplish in 2009 . And surprisingly, one of the top four knitting challenges you
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  • Note from Sandi: Ever met a knitter who just made you want to stare at her hands as her needles flew along? That's how I felt the first time I saw Lisa Shroyer, the editor of Knitscene magazine, knit. She's a thrower, she does amazing colorwork
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  • I just finished reading the 406 comments that you left on the last post of 2008 , in which you answered the question "How were you a fearless knitter in 2008?" I love you people. I love you because your comments were so amazing that even though
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  • I don't have any magic words to help you get all your holiday knitting done on time. (Sorry about that.) However, I do have a nifty little grafting tip for those of you who love knitting socks but, like me, utterly despise the Kitchener Stitch. I
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  • Introducing Knitting Socks with Knitting Daily: 5 Free Sock Knitting Patterns I don't have any magic words to help you get all your holiday knitting done on time. (Sorry about that.) But it's Friday, and since everyone around here is busy handing
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  • Note from Sandi: I'm glad so many of you enjoyed our Dancing Knitted Socks video ! (Some of you said it was fuzzy on your computer... here's a link for the high-res version .) So today, I thought it would be fun to hear from the person responsible
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  • Note from Sandi: Ever wonder if famous designers look back on their early designs and say, "I would do that differently today"? We wondered this, too! Over the years, Nancy Bush , author of Interweave's new book Knitted Lace of Estonia:
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  • BOO! (OK, I just had to get that out of my system.) Happy Halloween, everyone! (The guy in the photo chimes in, "And you think YOU have trouble with socks!" Today, as is fitting and right, I have a few treats for you (but no tricks). And don't
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  • I showed you a really great cast-on for toe-up socks on Monday ...but what do you do when you get to the cuff and need to bind off? Lots of folks, myself included, get a little tight-fisted when it comes to binding off, and it's a bit demoralizing
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  • Eastern Cast On I was flipping through the final proofs of the new Fall Knits with a colleague who is a beginning knitter, and when I got to the chapter on different cast-ons and bind-offs, she looked mildly puzzled and said, "You mean there's
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  • Episode 1704 features: Crewel Work, Knit Socks, and Around the World Sampler: Spain Sponsored by Westminster Fibers, Inc. .
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  • Episode 1601 features Needlepoint Painted Canvas, Chenille Yarn and Entrelac. Sponsored by Lee’s Needle Art, Inc., Muench Yarns , Interweave Knits.
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  • Katie Himmelberg , style editor of Knitscene and assistant editor of Interweave Knits, once again joins us as today's guest poster. Today, she talks about the her design process for Katie's Fountain Hat , our new free pattern, which was inspired
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  • Last winter, to celebrate the publication of our editor's choice collection, The Best of Interweave Knits , we asked you, our readers, to nominate YOUR favorite Knits patterns. We received thousands of nominations, and we are now proud to announce
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  • Dear Knitting Daily Readers: You make me speechless with joy sometimes. Thursday afternoon, after a long and weird day, I sat down to read your comments on Wednesday's New Year post , and...wow. Are you people amazing, or what? You are not just fearless
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  • 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land Every knitter was knitting, quite fast, with both hands. New socks off the needles hung chimney-side there, In hopes that they'd dry—just soon enough to wear. The kitties snuggled purring
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  • Ann Budd's Broken Cable Rib Socks I don't have any magic words to help you get all your holiday knitting done on time. (Sorry about that.) However, I do have a nifty little grafting tip for those of you, who like me, completely and utterly despise
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  • I have already received, and am already wearing, the best holiday present I can imagine: A pair of cabled socks knitted for me by my husband Nicholas. Happy feet! I'd like to point out that Sir Nicholas has only been knitting for a couple of years
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  • Me, at Sunny Rock B&B I am back from Canada, and instead of being a respite from my work, the trip allowed me to re-connect with the joy behind what I do for a living. I am a professional knitter; I am a professional writer-about-knitting; knitting
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  • My elderly, but lovely, lace socks Thirteen years ago, I started the Lacey Arrow Socks from the book Socks . I gleefully ordered itty-bitty size 0 needles, and the finest of creamy, laceweight silk-merino yarn. When the yarn arrived, as I recall, I sat
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  • William Street Socks Many of you have mentioned your frustrations in trying to incorporate stitch patterns into your knitting, only to run up against the issue of gauge. If you are "painting" with stitches against a stockinette stitch "canvas
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  • It's here! Fall 2007 Interweave Crochet There, I said it: Crochet. We're an online community called Knitting Daily, and I've gone and said the word "crochet," right up front for all the world to see. From the beginning, crochet has
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  • When I first came to work at Interweave, I found out that my officemate was to be none other than the one and only Ann Budd , author of one of my most well-loved knitting books: The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns . I was petrified. They might as
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  • Ah, technology. As Mary Chapin Carpenter sang, "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." Our server-hosting company had some technical difficulties this week, which meant that we were unable to do our regular Monday
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  • More than 300 of you wrote in to say why you thought the Comfy Socks were a bit lonely. The two factors mentioned most often were the bulky yarn/large gauge used in the pattern, and—surprisingly—the photograph. The bulky yarn part made sense—most
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  • According to the Sock Survey, your perfect sock pattern would be: Worked from the cuff down (70% of the votes); For a woman (46%); Designed in a textured (but not cabled) stitch pattern (22%); Worked on 5 dpns (37%); and Suitable for a variegated or handpainted
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  • Caspian Sea Socks I'm noticing that the sock patterns on Knitting Daily are wildly popular--well, some of them, anyway. Judging from the download numbers, you loved the Caspian Sea Socks and the Diagonal Rib Socks, but the Comfy Socks are feeling
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  • Major Laura in Iraq I never expected the type of response I got back after sending out the newsletter about Major Laura. Hundreds of emails, emails such as I have never in my life received. Your gratitude towards those who serve, the generosity of your
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  • Major Laura in Iraq In the United States, where I live, this next Monday is Memorial Day, when we pause to remember those who have given their lives in service to their country. I know that over a fifth of Knitting Daily members are not in the U.S. and
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  • Mom and my adorable niece Jackie Someone asked me the other day: "So, Sandi, what are you knitting for your mom for Mother's Day?" A bit of guilty silence ensued. The embarrassing truth is, I've spent hours and hours knitting for babies
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  • Faroese Shawls…the very name sounds exotic, bringing to mind images of delicate, spidery lace worn by fancy society ladies. The truth is that real Faroese Shawls are anything but fancy. Originally designed by hard-working women of the Faroese Isles
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  • Weekend Getaway Satchel My husband Nicholas is the perfect knitter’s husband: adorable, patient, and tolerates both long afternoons spent in yarn shops and large piles of yarn in the linen closet with equal parts humor and grace. However, he was
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