Socks are one of the most popular projects among experienced knitters, yet they can mystify beginning knitters. Socks require techniques not typically used in simple projects such as scarves and hats, but these techniques are as easy to learn as the basic knit and purl stitches. In fact, you can knit your very own socks, and veteran sock knitter Ann Budd shows you how. Each step - from casting on stitches for the leg to working the misunderstood Kitchener stitch at the toe - is broken down into its basic elements and illustrated with clear photographs and drawings. Along the way you will learn the fundamentals of sock knitting, a vareity of ways to achieve similar results, and a host of time-proven tips that ensure success.
Included are basic instructions for knitting socks at five different sizes and for five different gauges. Whether you want to knit a pair of delicate dress socks for your ten year old niece, a pair of sturdy boot socks for your older brother, or a pair of bulky slipper socks for yourself, we've got your feet covered. If you get tired of the basic sock, add some colour or texture, either by following one of the sixteen patterns provided or by adding your own stitch pattern - dozens of rib, cable and lace patterns are provided for your own experimentation.
So get started knitting socks - soon you will have made your first sock...then its mate. Then, before you know it, you will be your own sock-knitting machine.
Ann Budd is book editor for Interweave Press and former senior editor of Interweave Knits. She is author of The Knitter's Handy Guide of Patterns (Interweave Press, 2002) and The Knitter's Handy Guide to Sweater Patterns (Interweave Press, 2004). Ann lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Materials Yarn Needles Other Tools Sock Basics Measuring Gauge Ways to Knit Socks in Rounds Casting On Join for Working in the Round Cuff Leg Heel Flap Heel Turn Gussets Foot Toe Finishing Basic Sock Instructions Choosing a Size Basic Pattern for: 8 Stitches/Inch, 7 Stitches/Inch, 6 Stitches/Inch, 5 Stitches/Inch, 4 Stitches/Inch Color and Texture the Easy Way Wide Stripes Socks- This cotton/wool yarn is comfortable for year-round wear. Narrow Stripes Socks- This is another example of self-striping year. Spiral Stripes Socks- In yarns dyed with color bands that are not long enough to accommodate all of the stitches in a round. Magic Stripes Socks- This sock looks like it involves a lot of tricky color changes, but that's due to the way the yarn is dyed. Boucle Socks- Acrylic boucle yarn gives a lush, cozy texture to these thick slipper socks. Adding Your Own Color or Texture Pattern: Stripe Patterns Fibonacci Stripes Socks- One of my favorite stripe sequences is based on the Fibonacci series, where you begin with the numbers 1 and 2, then add the last two numbers of the series together to come up with the next. Magic Ball Socks- These socks are knitted from five different colors of yarn that were leftover from various other projects. Rib Patterns- The juxtaposition of columns of knit and purl stitches causes the fabric to contract widthwise, making ribbed patterns ideal for snug-fitting socks. Seeded Rib Socks- The masculine rib pattern on the leg and instep of these socks alternates single knit stitches with 2 purl stitches and 2 seed stitches. Spiral Rib Socks- The diagonal pattern on these thick socks is nothing more than a knit 2, purl 2 rib that shifts laterally 1 stitch every round. Cable Patterns- Most cable patterns are based on a ribbed foundation, with the cable crosses worked on the columns of knit stitches bordered by purl stitches. Right-Twist Cable Rib Socks- In these socks, 1/1 cables travel across knit-4 ribs, giving the appearance of 2/2 cables without the draw-in. Cable Clock Socks- These socks show how just a little bit of cable can make an interesting design. Lace Patterns- Lace patterns can transform the common sock into a fancy or feminine accessory. Herringbone Lace Socks- These comfortable socks are worked with a relatively simple 6-stitch lace pattern around the leg and along the instep. Chevron Lace Socks- A simple 7-stitch chevron pattern forms tiny zigs and zags around the legs and down the sides of the insteps of these colorful socks. Cuff and Leg Variations- So far, all of the sock patterns in this book have had a crew shape with legs that begin about halfway down the calf. Picot Anklets- These anklets are a lot like short sport socks. Ruffle Cuff Anklets- These pretty socks are fashioned after those typically reserved for little girls. Knee Socks- A lace pattern extends along the leg and instep of these knee-high socks.