friendsarecroutons said: Have you ever knit socks before? I look up a ton of patterns and youtube tutorials and it looks seriously difficult! I attempted making them on dpns and magic loop method but it is just too hard. Any tips? (I have knit scarves and hats and would say I'm a beginner-medium knitter)
SOCKS ARE THE MOST MAGICAL, KNITTING ENLIGHTENMENT EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE.
ha. so yes I have knitted socks. I was a strictly scarf only knitter before I found socks. I learned all the staple knitting skills with socks: working in the round, increasing, decreasing, short rows, and grafting. My first sock paved the way for all my future knitting projects. It took me from a novice knitter to an lower advanced.
When it comes to socks (and hats and gloves and other small circular garments) there are two types of knitters: Those who swear by DPNs and those who wish DPNs would die in a fiery hell (5!?! Why do you need 5 needles!?! How do you keep track of them!?!).
I prefer DPNs as magic loop method has always eluded me so my recommendation is definitely to learn on DPNs.
Even more specific to socks, there are two types of knitters: the toe-uppers and the cuff-downers. Pretty self explanatory. There are specific heel types that go with each. Figuring out which you prefer is a matter of knitting both types, seeing which fits your foot better, and aesthetically how you want it to look. My preference is cuff-down sock with a heel flap.
Anyhoo onto tips:
-If you haven’t used DPNs, go for a cuff-down. By the time you get to the complicated new stuff you’ll have a handle on how to handle your DPNs
-Unless you want slippers, use sock weight yarn. Yarn thicker than sock weight you won’t be able to wear with shoes.
-Use self-striping yarn. Its fun, and gives you little goals (I’ll knit until I reach blue again!) especially if you’ve never used yarn as thin as sock yarn before
-Go for a basic ribbed cuff and stockinette sock. Don’t do anything fancy with your first pair as you need to get a handle on the basic construction first. This is also why you go with self-striping yarn. Makes the sock still interesting.
-I personally don’t bother with stitch markers with socks (cause I personally don’t have markers small enough). Just keep your tail longish and have more stitches on your last needle so you know whats what. Plus you move around stitches quite a bit by the time you get to the heel and gusset
-Here’s a nifty page with photos of different sock construction!
-And here is my NUMBER 1 recommended sock tutorial for beginners. Silver’s sock class. Tons of photos and easy to understand explanations. The site has three different methods for you to choose from.
Youtube is a pretty good medium for learning, but it’s easy to get frustrated with it cause the person will move on too fast and you end up pausing, rewatching, pausing, rewatching, pausing rewatching ect. Photos plus words. You can print it, keep it as a pdf and reference it whenever and at your own pace.
Hope this helps and good luck!!