How to knit socks

It’s September. And we’re gonna knit socks in September.

Wait – no running in the hallway πŸ™‚ Sorry, I just thought I saw you escaping…

This is going to be a series post. Little awkward series I must say… I’m giving you three different sock patterns – level 1, level 2 and level 3 – but we’re hacking our socks up. I mean – dividing in to parts.

Simple knit socks
Level 1
Sock knitting basics 101
Level 2
Knitted socks with cables
Level 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Level 1 – very simple beginner socks, but still interesting enough with diagonal ribbing on cuffs;

Level 2 – easy, but with more pattern going on (this pattern is fantastic for unisex socks);

Level 3 – little more complicated with honeycomb stitch on cuffs and cables on foot and heel; I don’t recommend this pattern if you haven’t knitted socks before;

I think we’re doing it like this:

1st post – we’re gonna knit swatches and calculate our stitches, so you can have most comfortable and snugly fitted socks ever. That would be today.

2nd post – is about casting on and knitting cuffs. You have three different patterns to choose from (level 1, level 2 or level 3).

3rd post – we’re knitting sock heels and if you really get this then you don’t have to worry about those dreaded heels ever. It will be simple, I promise.

4th post – foot. I think it’s most boring part, but then again – after knitting our heels we’re in a need of brain rest. And if you’re ready then sock of level 3 will keep you interested permanently.

5th post – finishing up our socks. Ready to wear or give as gifts.

Let’s move on with our 1st post.

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Swatches and stitches.

knitted socks

Pick the sock pattern you like, choose your yarn and make a swatch accordingly.

 

Level 1:Swatch for socks

  • cast on 26 stitches and knit fist 2 rows;
  • 1st row: knit;
  • 2nd row: knit 3, purl to last 3 sts and knit last 3;
  • repeat rows 1 and 2 about 12 times;
  • knit last 2 rows and cast off;

 

Level 2:how to knit socks

  • as level 1;

 

 

 

Level 3 (knit with double pointed needles)

This technique is for swatches that you should knit in rounds, only with cheating πŸ™‚ I learned it on this fantastic Craftsy class on topic of cables and I couldn’t recommend it enough. Check it out if you’re into cables as I am. There’s always more to learn.

Anyway – cables are tricky. As you know, cables will shrink. And they will shrink even more if you knit in rounds. So, this swatch has to be knitted this way:

  • cast on 30 stitches;
  • 1st row of pattern: knit; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row (leaving yarn loosely hanging at back);
  • 2nd row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 3rd row: knit 3, (2/2 cable right, 2/2 cable left) x 3 times total, knit last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 4th row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 5th row: knit; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 6th row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 7th row: knit 3, (2/2 cable left, 2/2 cable right) x 3 times total, knit last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • 8th row: purl 3, knit to last 3 sts, purl last 3; DO NOT TURN – start another right side row;
  • repeat rows 1 to 8 x 3 times total and cast off;

This is your swatch after you finish it:

pattern swatch for socks

Cut the hanging yarn from back:

knitted socks tutorial

And this is what it looks like now:

how to knit socks tutorial

Find out more on socks:
Socks My Way: Heel & Toe Variations

Calculating your stitches:

1) You’ve finished your swatch. Now you have to measure how many stitches you have on 5 cm/2inches?

2) Now measure the circumference of your foot.

3) Make your calculations:

With cm – (circumference of your foot x stitch count on 5 cm) divide by 5;

With inches – (circumference of your foot x stitch count on 2 inches) divide by 2;

How much did you get? You’re gonna need this number next time so hold on to it πŸ™‚

Ready? Head on to your next step.

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2 thoughts on “How to knit socks – swatches and stitches (part 1)

  • 7. September 2015 at 01:21
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    I like your western vibe!!!
    From out West in Missoula, Montana USA
    And….I I like your posts!

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    • 7. September 2015 at 08:56
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      Thanks Jeanie. IΒ΄m opening up little by little and this is what comes out πŸ™‚

      Reply

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