Hello y'all! In this blog, we'll explore the world of knitting and how to knit socks.
Knitting is a past-time that spans centuries old to modern day. Knitters from many cultures and countries have been known for practicing the craft, from hand knit sweaters with elaborate patterns all the way down to intricate stockings. But as time's gone by, it seems that knitting has become less common, a hobby rather than an art practiced daily by many people.
For this reason, I've decided to devote a blog entry to the art of the humble sock.
Knitting socks may seem a daunting task at first, but it's actually quite easy to learn and do! It's also cheap, meaning that you don't have to break the bank just to knit yourself a pair of socks. For most socks, you'll need 2 or 3 different colored skeins of wool or similar material with which it can be knitted. You'll also need knitting needles and a measuring tape. You can usually purchase everything you need at a local craft or yarn store.
What many people don't know is that knitting socks can be pretty easy, if you follow some basic steps. And if you ever run into any problems, most yarns stores are more than willing to give advice or help out with the process!
So I'll just jump right in and tell you what you need to do.
1. The first and most important step is to get yourself a pair of socks! You can buy one as a gift for yourself or for a loved one.
2. The next step is to take your socks and measure them from heel to toe, side to side, and from top-to-bottom. This will give you all the dimensions you need in order to knit your socks.
3. Next, it's time to decide what kind of sock you want to knit. At this point, you'll need to start choosing which knit pattern you want your socks to have. Knee-high socks come in a wide variety of patterns, from fancy and elaborate designs all the way down to simple stripes. You can check out our store for different types. While you are at it, why not cop yourself one?
4. After you've chosen your pattern, it's time to decide what kind of color scheme you want to use. Choosing the perfect colors is fun, but it can be quite hard if this is your first time doing it. If you want an easier way to do this, why not tell your friend or family member what kind of sock (pattern, length) you want? They may be able to help you out by deciding on the color scheme for you!
5. Once you've decided on the pattern and colors, it's time to get started knitting! First, cut your skein of yarn into small enough pieces (about 20 inches) that you can work with. Of course, if you have more than one skein of yarn (and most socks will require 2 or 3 skeins or balls), then you'll need to do the same thing for each skein.
6. After you've cut them, wind them all into balls. Some yarns have a little ball device attached to them, which makes the whole process very simple. However, if you don't have that, it's easy enough to wind them by hand. If you aren't sure how to do it, there are plenty of videos on the internet that will show you how.
7. Now, get your needles and your measuring tape. A common beginner's mistake is that people often use the wrong size needles for their yarn. As a general rule, if you plan on making socks for adults, then you'll need at least size 7 needles. If you plan on making sock for children, then your knitting should be about size 6-8. Too small will make your socks tighter than they need to be. Too large will stretch the fabric out and make it loose.
8. Once the needles are ready, turn on the TV and get ready to learn the process of knitting!
9. Next, select a stitch pattern that coordinates with your yarn. While you can choose whatever you want, as a general rule, simple patterns that require little to no shaping are ideal for beginner knitters. This will help you master the knitting process before moving on to more complex stitches.
10. Now, it's time to actually start knitting! All in all, there are really only two steps: 1) Picking up the yarn and 2) Putting it down. When picking up, you need to hold the yarn in an up-and-down motion with your fingers. When putting it down, you should do so with the same motion. After that, the rest of the steps are pretty much done auto-pilot.
11. Knit! Unless you're having trouble with some part of the craft, then it should be relatively easy.
If you want to see some of the high quality knitted socks in our store, check it out from here! Maybe they can be a starting point for some of you?
Thanks for reading! See you on the next one!