If you're a knitter, or are just learning how to knit, chances are you already have your eyes set on making your very own original pair of socks. With all of the sock yarns available, in every color imaginable, as well as self-patterning sock yarn.........who wouldn't want a pair of their own?
But what stops some of us from taking the plunge into sock knitting world?????? It may be the dreaded "turning of the heel"...... the "Short Row Shaping"......or what the heck is a Gusset??????
You CAN knit a pair of socks and then sew a seam up the back, you can also knit a pair length wise, back and forth from the cuff to the toe. This knit sock pattern is going to be a simple tube sock in your choice of rib stitch from cuff to toe, or rib cuff, with a simple knit stitch to the toe.
Here's a little secret. You can knit a gorgeous pair of form fitting socks with just a few simple knitting skills:
Note: If you need instruction on any of the skills below, refer to http://www.youtube.com, type in the knitting lesson you wish to watch, sit back and learn!
1) Casting On Double Point Needles
2) Knitting in the round
5) K2, P2 (Rib Stitch)
You will need to have had experience knitting in the round before, on larger knitting needles, maybe a hat project. It can be challenging for some to knit socks in the round on double point needles while managing US1 needles and fingering weight yarn. If the light-weight yarn is a tad intimidating, wait for our next pattern release where you can knit the same kind of sock with thicker yarn, with wider knitting needles.
Solid Color Sock Yarns, Merino/Nylon Content: http://essentialknits.com/Sock-Yarn_c19.htm
There was one other advantage to knitting tube socks that I forgot to mention. It is a HUGE plus for those of us who like to knit gifts!
ONE SIZE FITS ALL......
So knit up some pairs of socks, and stash them for last minute gifts. Take the guess work out of what size feet your recipient has, and give the gift of hand knit socks.
I have started my pair using a variegated lilac, periwinkle and cream color:
Since this is likely your first pair of socks, I would like to say that you can eliminate the step of "knitting a gauge". Which you can......Just realize that you do need some sort of idea of whether you are considered a TIGHT knitter or a LOOSE knitter. I am a loose knitter, therefore all socks knit with fingering weight yarn have be knit with a US Size 1 needle. If you are a tight knitter, and most people are, a US Size 2 knitting needle might be a better match.
Cast-on 60 stitches to 3 of your double point knitting needles, and disperse evenly (20 on each needle) to begin your rib stitch of K2,P2. Remember to refer to http://www.youtube.com for some technical help on how to "cast-on" and "join your stitches in the round". These videos will guide you through your first stage of double point needle knitting.
Decide how long to knit your tube sock before beginning the toe decrease. Allow approximately 1 1/2 inches of length for your toe decreases.
|Toe Decreasing for Knit Tube Sock|
Divide your 60 stitches onto two double point needles (30 on each)
From this point forward you will be working a stockinette stitch, or in other words, knitting every round.
Needle1: K1, SSK, K24, K2tog, K1
Needle1: K1, SSK, K22, K2tog, K1
Continue in this manner. The amount of knit stitches (shown in Bold) on the decrease rounds are going to decrease by 2 each time. For instance, Row 5 will read: K1, SSK, K20, K2tog, K1.......
Knit a plain row in between each decrease row.
Keep knitting, I will check back soon!
Stop decreasing your toe once you have 12 stitches on each needle. End having just completed a knit row. NOW.....for the kitchener stitch. If you have already mastered this finishing technique, YOU ROCK! If not, check out www.youtube.com for a tutorial. My word of advice. If this is the first time you have tried the kitchener stitch, make sure you are are by yourself, in a place where you won't be interrupted until you have completed the toe. It's a little difficult to back track and take out your work if you have to. Relax, and give it a try.
Here is your reward!