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Mar 24, 2011 08:53:00   #
raybo8055
 
I am fairly new to knitting having only made scarves and hats. Would like to attempt socks, but think the patterns I have found look too difficult for the first pair. Any pattern suggestions for newbie sock knitter?
 
Mar 24, 2011 09:10:29   #
courier770
 
You might want to try simple "tube socks", to get the feel of knitting in the round on small sized needles. The first pair of socks I made were tubesocks, then I moved onto socks with "heels". Just a suggestion.
Mar 24, 2011 09:22:28   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
Ooooh Raybo...I got the best suggestion..
I bought the book...*knitting for Dummies* by Pam Allen and taught myself to knit socks from that book...
Very clear and many other simple patterns.
Good Luck!
Mar 24, 2011 16:46:13   #
raybo8055
 
Thanks for the advise. I will try tube socks first and Knitting for Dummies.
Mar 24, 2011 17:01:50   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
You are very welcome...
Watch out tho...sock knitting is adictive lol
YOU can do it...
Good Luck and God Bless :thumbup:
Mar 25, 2011 06:20:53   #
jacksmom
 
raybo8055 wrote:
I am fairly new to knitting having only made scarves and hats. Would like to attempt socks, but think the patterns I have found look too difficult for the first pair. Any pattern suggestions for newbie sock knitter?


Hi there,
I'm really new too and hesitate to give advice, but I get so much good advice I will try to pass it on. I read several posts on here about a book by Ann Budd=Getting Started Knitting Socks. I bought that and finally made a sock! Just my experience, but hope it helps. You CAN do it!
Laura
 
Mar 25, 2011 06:58:12   #
MPolaski
 
I've been wanting to try socks too, and just bought a little booklet by Patons called "Next Steps Four" which covers socks and slippers. Apparently it's the fourth in a series that builds on knitting techniques.
Mar 25, 2011 07:01:41   #
Palenque1978 (a regular here)
 
I suggest making baby socks because they take less time to make, and yet you learn the concept.

http://www.plymouthyarn.com/index.php?nav=cPatterns.freePatterns&pattern_id=000025

There are many help sites online, among which is my favrotie: www.youtube.com. It has videos that will help you do any part of sock knitting steps. AND, you have us to help you along your journey.

Knitting socks rocks!!
Mar 25, 2011 07:06:42   #
Palenque1978 (a regular here)
 
Me again.

I forgot to mention that when I substituded the yarn suggested by the Plymouth pattern. I couldn't find it, so I used Berroco's Comfort sock yarn and it worked out great.

Any yarn that has the same descriptions of the the Comfort or Jeannee will serve as well.
Mar 25, 2011 07:15:33   #
courier770
 
Most sock patterns are fairly versatile, you can substitute DK weight yarn for sock yarn, use the same needle size and you just end up with a "denser" sock.
Mar 25, 2011 10:20:20   #
EKnitnpurl
 
I have found that the first thing to understand is the actual constuction of a sock. What is a 'gusset' and 'how to turn a heel'... etc. Once you have that understanding, then take your measurements:

1) determine where you want the top of the sock to be and measure from that point to the top of your ankle bone.
2) measure from your ankle bone to the bottom of your heel
3) measure from your heel to the first joint of you big toe bone
4) finally, from your big toe bone to the top of your big toe.

Now, write these measurements down because they will be necessary to construct the sock. And anyone that you make sock for try to get the measurements from them. These help to make the sock actually fit.

Decide if you are going to work with dpn, magic loop, etc.

So now, you can find a simple pattern, your yarn and off you go!

EKnitnpurl
 
Mar 25, 2011 11:48:29   #
Scoot915
 
I want to knit socks also and was just looking for a beginner pattern and found many in a google search.
Found a pattern called Easy Peasy Socks at www.freshstitches.com/wordpress

I am a bit intimidated by the tiny needles and fine yarn most socks call for and this one uses #5 double points and worsted weight yarn.
Think this pattern will be easier to grasp the concept of knitting a sock and give me the confidence to move on to the smaller needles and finer yarn.
Mar 25, 2011 11:53:57   #
EKnitnpurl
 
In the beginning I was soooo intimidated by the small #1 needles and yarn...and will admit to breaking several pairs of bamboo needles. Someone suggested knitting baby socks and that is a good place to begin. It's quick and you can learn the basics. Knitting Xmas stockings is another good place to begin.

So..off you go, determined and focused. Plenty of help and encouragement here.
Mar 25, 2011 11:58:47   #
AGP
 
I too had never knitted socks till 2 months ago...Searched and ripped out many until I found this link....Am on my 12 pair now....This has step by step instructions with pictures....FREE PDF file can be printed also halasss video instructions......The link is:

http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass
Mar 25, 2011 11:58:47   #
AGP
 
I too had never knitted socks till 2 months ago...Searched and ripped out many until I found this link....Am on my 12 pair now....This has step by step instructions with pictures....FREE PDF file can be printed also has video instructions......The link is:

http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/SockClass


Hope this helps... : )
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