Sock work­shop

Knit­ted socks are won­der­fully com­fort­able, and beau­ti­ful to look at. Making your first can seem daunt­ing, but it’s easy when you know how says Rosee Wood­land Cast on us­ing a ca­ble or long tail cast on so that the cuff will stretch for a com­fort­able finis

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Ev­ery­thing you need to know about making the per­fect pair of socks

Once you've knit­ted your first sock, we're sure you'll be taken with this quick and fun way to keep those toes cosy. From thick and chunky to fine and soft, socks make great gifts for ev­ery­one!

TENSION

Socks are gen­er­ally knit­ted on 2 to 2.5mm nee­dles (UK 14-12, US 0-2) us­ing 4ply weight yarn. A tighter than nor­mal tension is of­ten used to give a dense, sturdy fab­ric.

NEE­DLES

Use dou­ble-pointed or one long cir­cu­lar nee­dle at least 80cm (31½in) in length, or two short cir­cu­lar nee­dles.

CAST­ING ON

Cast on the re­quired num­ber of stitches us­ing a ca­ble cast on, or a long tail cast on, so that the cuff will stretch.

HOW TO WORK IN THE ROUND

Sock pat­terns of­ten tell you to ‘join to work in the round, be­ing care­ful not to twist stitches’. It can be hard to tell whether your stitches are twisted when they’ve just been cast on, so it may be eas­ier to cast on one stitch more than nec­es­sary, knit one row, and then knit the last and first stitches of the row to­gether to form a loop. If fol­low­ing a chart in the round, make sure you read ev­ery row from right to left.

TURN­ING THE HEEL

A small, curved tri­an­gle is worked at the top of the heel flap us­ing short rows. The pat­tern will tell you how many stitches to work on the first few rows. Af­ter that, fol­low the in­struc­tions un­til all of the heel flap stitches have been worked.

THE GUS­SET

This is worked by pick­ing up stitches along the ver­ti­cal sides of the heel flap. Next, one stitch is de­creased each side (at the cor­ners where the heel flap and foot stitches meet) ev­ery other round, un­til you are back to the num­ber of stitches you cast on with. It will make it eas­ier if you mark th­ese points with stitch mark­ers. Pick up and knit all the slipped stitches down the first side of the heel flap – a 32row heel flap will have 16 stitches picked up on each side. To avoid holes where the heel flap and the top of the foot stitches meet, make two stitches, work across the top of the foot, make two more stitches, then pick up and knit the rest of the stitches up the other side of the heel flap.

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