Little Lessons on Sock Knitting

June 19, 2020

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  • I love love love sock knitting, and wear and/or gift them with wild abandon! Thank you for tips! Love the colors, too!

  • Perfect timing! Just what I needed!

  • I’m passing this along for my lil blog pals to come and checkout. Just leaving the new MDK name and to look up the topic

  • Jen, I have learned so much from your tutorials! Thank you for making me a better knitter. Now, could you do a little tutorial on that “magic” cast on for knitting toe up socks?

  • Thanks or these tips. I too love knitting socks (it’s the reason I learned) and I’ve just learned to live with the ladders when they happen

  • I love these tips! I am now working my way through the socks in Field Guide #11: Wanderlust. I am working on my second pair of toe-up socks, trying to perfect my techniques. I would love to hear tips for avoiding the dreaded hole at the corner of the heel.

    • That is a good question, and I am happy to seek help from our experts on it, but I noticed that for me, several pairs of socks in, it just sort of stopped happening. I don’t know what I am doing differently, besides kind of glaring at it while I worked that part. I feel like maybe it needs to know who’s boss or something, like a terrier who gives up when cornered, not that I have experience of that.

    • Long time sock knitter here. I used to have the same problem, so here is the fix that works for me – after picking up the stitches for the gusset, when knitting your FIRST round, knit into the back of the first stitch on each needle in that round. It twists the stitch which sorts out any looseness.Hope this helps!

    • Ah, Jen’s videos had popped up on my YouTube feed. I found the ladders one very helpful. And was so thankful to see them! I’ve seen other videos that reference Charlene Schurch’s method as referenced in Sensational Socks for fixing those holes.

  • Thanks for the weaving in ends tip. So many of my socks have the ends coming out with each wash. Hopefully this will cure it!

  • I’ve never had trouble with ladders, and I think it may be because I usually knit socks using 5 needles instead of 4.

  • Thanks so much for the casting on video. I had avoided knitting socks with dps because I couldn’t deal with all of the dangling needles shown in other videos. I sat right down, cast on, and around and around I am going.

  • I’m a veteran sock knitter, but bookmarking this none-the-less. Handy tips for easily overcoming the issues that nag all sock knitters. Thanks for the post!

  • Thank you for you videos. I am about to attempt my first sock. I’m not sure how to start so many choices for needles, for up for down. Yarn is pretty straight forward. I have watched Utube videos. There is no yarn shop in our town.

  • DPNs all the way! I am constantly being informed by the well intentioned how much happier and satisfied I’d be with magic loop as if they were doing me a favor. Nope. Quite familiar with that technique and much prefer my sticks, thank you

  • Thank you so much for your clear concise teaching! I have learned so many new things from you.