My name is Jen Arnall-Culliford and I am a hard-core sock knitter. When I’m out and about, pretty much anywhere, you’d be very unlucky to find me without a sock in progress somewhere on my person.
Why is there always space in my handbag for a sock project? Because they are just so flipping satisfying, and straightforward to work on—even when you only have a couple of minutes to spare.
I’m here to bring you a series of Little Lessons on sock knitting. These are short video tutorials to share my top tips for finessing your socks . . .
I tend to use double-pointed needles (DPNs) to knit socks. At first, this can be a bit like wrestling a hedgehog! My video tutorial on the long-tail cast on for DPNs will absolutely steer you to victory over the spikes. The trick is to cast on all of your stitches to the one needle, before redistributing them.
Weaving in Ends
Weaving in ends is one of those things that can really make or break how a finished project looks. There are endless ways to deal with ends in your knitting, but this is the method I prefer for tucking them out of sight in ribbing. Perfect for the cuff of a sock.
Two Techniques for Avoiding Ladders
Having sailed through the cuff and woven in your cast-on end, then you will be knitting round and round through the leg of your sock. This is one of the best bits! A needle of stitches here, a few rounds there, you can dip in and out as you please.
The question I get asked most frequently in relation to sock knitting is how to avoid those pesky ladders appearing when you switch from one needle to the next. Happily it’s an easy fix, and I have not one, but two tricks up my sleeve to magic away any looseness in those stitches.
It’s all about the tug! Arranging your needles so that they are nice and snug, and then giving the second stitch a tug helps to ensure that your stitches stay nice and consistent, even when you change needles.
If that doesn’t cure your ladders, then moving your stitches will do the trick. Our second avoiding ladders video tutorial will show you how:
I hope that those short videos will get you inspired to start your sock knitting adventures. I have lots more sock knitting video tutorials over on my website here. And more tutorials covering magic loop sock knitting are in the works!
In the meantime, why not pick up a skein of sock yarn and cast on?