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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?
 

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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!
 

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You are very welcome...
Watch out tho...sock knitting is adictive lol
YOU can do it...
Good Luck and God Bless :thumbup:
 

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raybo8055 said:
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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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the first pair toe up pair I knit was from a free pfd patterns available from Knit Piks. I had it memorized by the end of the first pair and always carry it in my head. Go there and get it.

Another really, really great starting place is Elizabeth Zimmermann's book Knitter's Almanac. I think that was my first sock, many, many years ago. Any public library would have her books.

What is so great about her stuff, is you can use whatever yarn you have access to and go from there.

I also think knitting a baby sock is a great start. Much less time involved, and all the steps are included.
 

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AGP: I wanted to try this site that u recommended, but, unfortunately there is an error there. Would u please send me the right link so that I can try to make this too. Thanks so much in advance.
 

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I work outside..all day, all year long. Last year I decided I was sick to death of spending money on warm socks that didn't last more than one winter. THAT got me hooked on sock knitting. My goal last year, was to fill a square basket with hand knit socks to take me through the winter. I made 15 pairs! Each pair..a little better than the last. Now that winter is mostly over (though here in CO we still get snow storms through April)..my "basket of socks" is in great shape.

What I did find is, I don't need a pattern at all! I've come to know how many stitches feels good on my feet and legs. Sometimes I make them ribbed or a beaded rib, sometimes just plain. Sometimes I make the heel and toe a different color.

Today I "wiggled" my toes in a pair of purple and pink beauties...from a pattern I made up by myself!
 
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