I love to knit socks, but I find that I often get bored with projects very easily. I have found that knitting socks two at a time with the magic loop method means that I am done and don’t have to remember the exact measurements for the first sock and when I’m done that is the end. I don’t have to worry about knitting the second sock. This is a very basic pattern and extremely easy no matter what you skill level is. Here is link to my pattern on Ravelry:
The great thing about this pattern is that it takes all the guess-work out of trying to figure out measurements. It even has half sizes. I have done all that for you from baby size 1 to Men’s size 14 1/2. There is a chart that tells you all you need to know for every given size. Now we are going to jump right in and get started.
The Cast on…
I love Judy’s magic cast on. It works great for getting both socks on the circular needle and it isn’t difficult at all. Here is a video for Judy’s magic Cast on.
The number of stitches that you cast on depends on the size you are making. For this tutorial I am making the smallest size on the pattern and we will do 6, which is total of 12. I usually cast on half the number of total stitches. I find that this makes the toes the perfect length for any size foot. Here is a video on the magic loop method:
Now we are going to do the increases.
Knit one round without any increases. My favorite increase for this method is to pick up stitches from the row below and each side. I find that it makes a pretty edge on the sock and is almost invisible. Here is a video and how to do that:
You are only going to increase every other row. So round one is knit normally without any increase and round two is knit one stitch, increase then knit to 1 stitch before the end of side a then increase and knit one. You will do this on each side on both side a and side b on sock 1 and 2.
Once you have increased to the total number that you need, you knit until you have both socks to the length that you will need to start the heel. Now without the pattern trying to figure on the length of the sock before you start the heel can be a bit tricky but for baby to children age 4, I do about 1 inch, for children age 5 to women’s size 6, I do 1 & 1/2 inches and over that size I do 2 inches. I rarely make men’s socks but if you do it can take 2 & 1/2 to 4 inches depending on the size of the socks you are making. There are tons of great stitches and patterns you can use to make so really fancy socks. I like to do normal stockinette stitch because I find that it either is uncomfortable in my shoe and not visible when I am wearing shoes so it’s just a waste of my time. I use my superior knitting skills on afghan or sweater where it can really be seen and appreciated.
There are so many different heel methods out there. Feel free to do whatever heel you like best. I don’t like doing wrap and turns because of the holes that are in the heel. I have come up with a way to keep those out and make the heel look the best.
I have tried many different methods and fine tuned this one to make it even better. It is a combination of a jo-jo heel and a short row heel without the wrap and turning. I have made this video to help with this method. If you have any questions please ask them. Often times this is the most confusing part of a sock, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is my video.
The first thing we have to do before we knit the ankle is to pick up stitches and either side of the heel to prevent a hole. I have found that it is easiest to pick up the stitches at the beginning of each side to make sure that there is no confusion. I usually do two stitches.
Now you knit for anywhere from 1/2 inch to 2 inches in stockinette stitch. I do this so that there is no stretching before you get to the actual leg on your sock. For this tutorial I knit 1/2 for the baby sock. On the round before you knit the leg make sure to decrease untill you have a number of stitches divisible by 4. I had 14 so I knit two together at the beginning and end of both side A and B for both socks.
My favorite way to finish a sock is with a 2×2 rib. I like that it stretches or gathers on your ankle and leg. I also like the way it looks. You can also do a more fancy stitch pattern that will be visible above your shoe. The length is also dependent on your preferences. For an anklets you would only knit about an inch and for a boot sock it would need to be at least 6 inches. I also like to have a decent length to fold the sock over so I usually do at lease 5 inches for my big size 10 feet.
I like to cast of in pattern with a crochet hook and here is a great cast off for that. It shows how to do it with needles and crochet hook. Here is my video.
That’s it we are all done. Feel free to send me any questions you might have. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I hope to see you again.