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