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Knitting Socks Methods and Free Patterns

Socks Using Self Striping Or Solid Color Yarn


Another Pair Completed

This pair of socks is also knit using self striping yarn...It is knit with a two inch rib of knit 2 purl 2 . It is then knit in the round for a total of 7 inches measuring from the cast on edge...

The heel in this pair of socks is the Fish Lips Kiss pattern,by Sox Therapist...This has become my favorite heel pattern...The pattern for this heel is not free..However, it is well worth the $1.00 purchase price for the downloadable pattern..If you click on the link above it will take you to the site to get the pattern/directions...

After the heel was completed I continued knitting in the round for the desired length of my foot less two inches ..At this point I started the decreases for the toe. And then finished off with a Kitchener stitch.

This pair of socks was knitted using a US 1..9" circular knitting needle.

More Hand Knit Socks


How to do the Kitchener Stitch

Knit Socks

Knitting socks have become a popular trend.

There are several ways to knit socks. All equally as effective. After trying some of the following methods you will settle into the one that fits your needs and is most comfortable for you. But don't be afraid to try each method..I am so glad that I did.

I believe that any one of these methods can be used for the beginning level sock knitting. Including knitting - socks - and - free - patterns

DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES:..This form of knitting is done using 4 or 5 needles that are pointed on each end. When using four needles you will be working in a triangular shape ,although creating a circular tube. Three needles form a triangle and the fourth needle is your working needle as you work around. When using five needles it will appear as you are working in a square fashion, although it is circular as in a tube, four needles form the shape of a square the fifth needle being your working needle as you work your way around the square. This is the first method that I learned. I still use it at times..I use it mostly when Knitting Hats.

MAGIC LOOP is a method of knitting with a very long circular needle as you knit a very small circumference while knitting in the round.

TOE UP: Most commonly socks are knit starting at the cuff and worked down to the toes. Using the TOE UP method you would begin at the toe working up to the cuff. The advantage of working this method is that you can try them on as you go and there are no seams to join.

TWO AT A TIME: Knitting two socks at once using the magic loop method on either a a single very long circular needle or two very long circular needle of the same size. The advantage of this method is that you avoid what is commonly known among knitters "THE SECOND SOCK SYNDROME". Which means you have finished one sock and now you need to start all over and do the other one, when all the while you really what to dive into that new ball of yarn you purchased and start a new pair of socks or other project.

Mind The Gap

Knit cuff down in Mind The Gap self striping yarn

Knit cuff down in Mind The Gap self striping yarn

Knit Using Double Point Needles

How To Knit With Double Point Needles

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Learn how to knit using double point needles, in 8 steps. At WikiHow , you will learn How to Knit With Double Pointed Needles. Double pointed needles are great for many projects, such as socks. Although they can be intimidating because they look like you could accidentally poke your own eye out, they are very easy once you get started..

Peace fleece classic wool socks

Made from a heavy, durable wool, these basic socks are warm and comfortable. Easy to follow instructions, even for those who are new to sock knitting. Although the pattern only calls for one or two colors, these socks can actually be made in as many colors as you wish.

Free pattern from Canadian Living: CLASSIC WOOL SOCKS

Two At A Time


Two At A Time

Knit And Tonic

Knitting two socks at a time:

Getting Started :

Could it be that the reason some people avoid knitting two socks at one time is because getting started seems difficult or confusing.

I know that was the reason it took me so long getting started. Now is the time to get started and it easy to learn here.

Learn how to cast on for two socks at a time. At Knit And Tonic

Two At Once Toe Up Sock Pattern

Pattern instructions is a free download.

This technique is so simple and clever that sock knitting is even possible for a beginner. Requires 2 to 3 balls of most Knit Picks sock yarns.

Knitting Patterns and Crochet Patterns from KnitPicks

Toe Up

Toe Up Socks

Free Toe Up Baby Sock Pattern

A beginner toe up baby sock pattern for aran or worsted-weight yarn,

using the magic loop method.

This is a great way to learn all the parts of a toe-up sock in a two-hour project ...


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Identical Socks

Beautiful REGIA Sock Yarns

Arne & Carlos have the best idea yet for the perfect matching sock every time.

You have knit the first sock and are ready to move forward with it's mate. times, well most times it can be a challenge to find the exact place on the yarn to get it to match up with the first sock..When that happens, you end up having your stripes, pattern in different places on the sock..Sometimes it is fun to have them different, nothing wrong with that..But when you do want them to match, know...Just when you have things just were you want them, only to find out that the second cake of yarn was wound in the opposite direction..

The REGIA PAIRFECT sock yarn line by ARNE & CARLOS has taken the guess work out for you..And the it is beautiful.

I am sure you will love it as much as I do.

It is great for beginners, intermediate or advanced knitters!

Judy's Magic Cast On (Starting Toe Up Socks)

Self Striping Yarn

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Kelly Marie Quesenberry on June 02, 2020:

How to make things easier

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on March 27, 2014:

Such pretty socks. Knowing that these can be made at home is so empowering. The video is very helpful, too.

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on April 18, 2013:

You are so right they are the most durable, they just seem to fit ones foot like a sock should.....

Kimberly Schimmel from North Carolina, USA on April 17, 2013:

Hand-knit socks are the most comfortable and durable socks. I try to always have some socks on the needles. They are a great project for my purse or desk drawer.

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 03, 2013:

Thank You Elise Baker and welcome aboard...On my way over to visit you.

Lara Conry from Western Massachusetts, USA on January 03, 2013:


I am new to the hub community, just bopping around. I like the quality of you hub, the clear directions, and the many photos you've included! I don't knit myself, but my favorite sweaters and mittens are hand knit and they are treasures to me. Keep up the good work!

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 02, 2013:

it seems hard at first but after a few rows it becomes easier..The main thing is to keep your 2 balls of yarn separated..

Priyanka Estambale from United States on January 02, 2013:

That's correct.. l have never tried it before

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 02, 2013:

Wonder Wool do you mean 2 socks on 2 circular needles?

Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 02, 2013:

You can do it...

Priyanka Estambale from United States on January 02, 2013:

What I really want to try, is to knit 2 socks together. Wish I could!

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on January 02, 2013:

I think I am going to have to look at your older hubs first. When it comes to knitting, I have no idea how to even start!

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