Full disclosure: I am a sucker for socks. Knowing that I’m not alone, I polled my knitting friends to find out why socks are so popular. If you’re yet unconvinced about the marvels of sock knitting, I hope these reasons convince you to give it a try. If you’re an avid sock knitter yourself, I think many (if not all) of these reasons will have you nodding your head in agreement! 1. Portability: Everyone mentioned this! Most of us who love to knit enjoy taking our knitting wherever we go. With certain projects, this isn’t practical. It’s rather difficult to lug around a sweater or an afghan in the making! Socks, however, remain small from start to finish, so they’re perfect for toting anywhere. Sock yarn is also suitable for travel, which you cannot always say for small projects like hats that may use bulkier yarns. 2. Economy: Sock yarn is usually reasonably-priced, although like any yarn, you can certainly find the Cadillacs and Rolls-Royces made of high-grade fibers that come with luxury price tags. But with sock yarn, you usually don’t have to buy more than one ball to knit a pair. That’s more than you can say for projects such as scarves, sweaters, and afghans! 3. Color: Sometimes we might shy away from the most exciting, vibrant colors of yarn for large-scale projects out of concern that it might be “too much.” A sweater or blanket with brightly-colored stripes might not sit well with any but the most adventurous person. That’s less of a concern when you’re knitting socks because most of the time, we don’t see them. So go ahead and knit those socks with the flashy neon self-pattern. It can be the wearer’s little secret! 4. Sense of accomplishment: Knitting a sock isn’t really that complicated, but there’s something about completing one that makes you feel really clever. All the little tricks of sock knitting–like creating gussets, turning heels, creating heel flaps, using Kitchener stitch or a provisional cast-on–make you feel like you’ve created a bit of knitting magic. And you really have, haven’t you? 5. Variety: Knitting socks can be as easy and simple as you want it to be, or as complex as you dare it to be. Some people like to use bare-bones sock “recipes” with variegated or self-striping or patterning yarns for variety and interest. Others prefer to use patterns with lots of cables, lace, and/or other kinds of designs with solid and/or multi-colored yarns. And some (like me) enjoy bouncing between basic and complex, depending on one’s mood. With socks, you get multiple choice–or you can choose “all of the above.” Now, are you ready to knit socks? I think so!
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Silver’s Sock Class This is the website that taught me how to knit socks. Silver’s Sock Class features step-by-step guides, complete with photos, that are absolutely invaluable for beginners want to learn the art of knitting socks. It features directions for multiple weights of yarn — yes, you can use sport weight and even worsted weight, but you can also use the usual fingering weight (generally referred to as “sock yarn”). Beginners can start with the double-pointed needle directions; the more adventurous folks can try two socks on one circular needle or one sock on two circular needles. Silver also includes a few beautiful free patterns. ~~~
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The Big Book of Socks: The Ultimate Beyond-The-Basics Guide to Knitting Socks by Kathleen Taylor No false advertising here! This “big book” has a whopping 75 sock patterns and could be considered worth its weight for that alone. But it’s also filled with patterns for all ages and skill levels, as well as all tastes. If you’re hoping to start with the basics and gradually build up to more adventurous patterns, this is definitely the book for you. All patterns are sized for children, women, and men, and the book offers help with choosing needles and yarn. You may find this is the only sock book you will ever need!