Learn to Knit Socks

Learn by watching!
1. Get your pattern – $8.00 US via PayPal

2. Get your yarn and needles – worsted weight yarn and size 5 US double-pointed needles.

3. Get your knit on – the pattern references the videos below to get you through the tricky parts. (You must have an internet connection to view the videos.)

Video 1 – Working with double-pointed needles and starting the cuff.

Video 2 – Dividing for the heel flap and knitting the heel flap.

Video 3 – Turning the heel.

Video 4 – Working the gusset.

Video 5 – Toe shaping.

Video 6 – Kitchener stitch (grafting the toe).

171 comments on “Learn to Knit Socks

  1. Staci

    Ihave purchased your pattern for making these socks and I have miss placed. How do I get another copy without having to repurchase same again. It’s been a few years already.

    Thank you for your help.


  2. I too have miss placed my pattern that I purchased a couple of years ago. Could you please let me know how to get another copy?

  3. Sure, Kathy – just let me know what email address you have on file with PayPal. Then I can locate and resend your pattern. Or – first, you might want to check your Ravelry library. For the last couple of years or so, Ravelry has been automatically adding your purchases to your Ravelry library.

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  4. Kat – thank you for the note. Each of my sock patterns is unique and teaches different skills, with a different pattern. If you’re comfortable “winging it”, you can probably do that and modify one of my patterns to match the techniques of another, but if you’re just learning socks (and my tutorials are for folks learning new techniques), you probably don’t want to try modifying the pattern right off the bat.

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  5. Hi Staci!

    I just wanted to thank you, thanks to you I just finihed my very first pair of socks. I began knitting 2-3 month ago and using DPN and knitting something else than a scarf was very scary to me :)

    Thank you for your tutorials and patterns :)

  6. Hello Staci – thanks for the great videos.
    I’m a new knitter and this is my first pair of socks.
    I’m confused about the slipped stitches. You said a couple of times that you should always slip as if to purl unless the pattern tells you otherwise. You also said there was an exception in the eye of partridge stitch, and in a comment above, made a reference to having misspoken int video. I’ve been slipping knit wise on the first row (and first row repeats) and slipping the first stitch purl wise on row two (and row two repeats). My heel flap doesn’t look correct. Can you clarify whether to slip knit wise or purl wise and whether the yarn should be in back or front. I’m sorry if this should be obvious but as I said, I’m new at knitting and getting confused at this part. Thanks!

    ~ Sula

  7. This is one of the greatest websites ever, your videos are the best. I knitted many things and feel thankfull everytime I wear one :)

  8. Hi Staci, I’m new to knitting and want to make a Christmas stocking. I love your videos and can’t wait to have a beautiful stocking. Right now, I’m having a problem with the gusset. I did the heel flap and turning the heel according to the pattern. The heel flap calls for “14 rows total from color change.” After turning the heel, I started the gusset. The pattern says to “pick up and knit 8 stitches along side of heel flap.” My stocking only has 7 stitches on each side. Do you know what I might have done wrong and how I can correct this? Thanks.

  9. Merril – I’m not sure what Christmas Stocking pattern you’re working from, but oftentimes designers will have you cram an extra stitch in there when picking up along the gusset to help avoid a gap or hole where the different directions of knitting meet.

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  10. Thank you so much! Just finished my first sock and it came out great. Your videos are wonderful, keep up the good work.

  11. Thank you so much for your videos on knitting the parts of a sock. I can’t wait to knit my first pair of socks and I’ll be ordering your pattern.

  12. Thank you for your very informative videos/patterns. Each and every one I have listened to or used has helped me through my projects. I will continue using your patterns and videos in the future.

    Take Care,

    Sherry K

  13. Hi Staci, could I use a non wool yarn for socks, maybe cascade superwash instead of cascade 220?

    thank you so much — love the way you teach me new things

  14. Helen – Cascade Superwash is a wool yarn, and it will work great for these socks. I don’t really recommend using a non-wool (or other animal fiber) for socks, like cotton or acrylic. It can be done, and you can follow the pattern with a different fiber type, but wool is very “forgiving” and little tension issues will disappear when the socks are washed. Using cotton or acrylic makes it very hard to keep good tension when working on shaped items like socks, and tension issues don’t wash away. But if you’re allergic to wool, other fibers can be used.

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  15. Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed you teaching me how to knit socks, I have been knitting for many years and have enjoyed making sweaters, afghans and hats but always shied away from learning how to knit socks. Finally I took the bull by the horns and made up mind that I was going to learn! So I did my research and found your tutorial and I could not be happier, your instructions were great! And easy to follow. Thank you so much! I have conquer my first sock. What a great feeling. Now I am looking forward to making socks for my family.

  16. What guage should I be using for this sock. Using a 5 US DPN and worsted weight yarn and the sock doesn’t seem like it has the right circumference. Tried it on and it was very tight.

    Love the videos! I always thought making socks would be difficult but they aren’t! At least when you explain how to knit them.

  17. Ruth – the gauge for these socks is 5.5 stitches per inch…but if the socks are seeming small for you, you can always increase your needle size for a bit more room.

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  18. Staci, I have the “super simple sock pattern” from ravelry that you recommended. It says it’s sized for women, but can it be made for men? Thanks

  19. Bill – I recommend that pattern as being similar because of the techniques used, but please consult with the designer of that pattern with your questions.

    S t a c i

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