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How to Knit the Cuff and Leg

The cuff of a sock refers to an edging at the top of the sock of about 1–3 inches. The leg of the sock refers to the section below the cuff and above the heel. Of course, you don’t have to have a cuff [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Six Steps to Knitting Top-Down Socks

How to Knit a Gusset Heel

Once the leg is complete, you knit the heel. It may look complicated, but only a few simple steps are involved. To shape the sock so that it fits around the curve of the foot, the gusset heel consists [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Six Steps to Knitting Top-Down Socks

How to Knit an Afterthought Heel

The afterthought heel is added after the entire body of the sock is completed down to the toes. You can use it instead of a gusset heel. It is easy to replace once worn out; it also lends itself to the [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Six Steps to Knitting Top-Down Socks

Cast on and Knit the Cuff and Leg

Some knitters prefer to use straight needles rather than knit in the round, don’t own circular or double-pointed needles, or just want to try something different. These basic flat socks have one seam that [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Four Steps to Knitting Flat Socks

Knit the Instep and Shape the Toe

The instep is knit on half of the total number of stitches, from the side edge of the heel down to the toe in the center of the leg piece. You work the top of the toe at the end of the instep, which you [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Four Steps to Knitting Flat Socks

Two Ways to Knit the Heel

For a flat sock, you can use the gusset heel, or the short-row heel. Both of these heels are knit back and forth no matter how you construct the rest of the sock. Both heel types are shown here. [more…]

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How to Finish the Flat Sock

Once the gusset heel decreases or the short-row heel is complete, continue knitting the sole even in stockinette stitch. To finish the flat sock, you need to knit the foot and lower toe, sew up the sock [more…]

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The Basic Flat Sock Pattern

This basic pattern is for a flat sock in fingering weight yarn and employs the gusset heel and basic toe instructions. You can substitute a short-row heel for the gusset heel. [more…]

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How to Cast On and Knit the Toe

When it comes to toe-up socks, the cast-on and toe are the most involved steps. Two kinds of cast-ons are covered here. The Easy Toe and Eastern cast-ons both use increases to shape the toe. [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Five Steps to Knitting Toe Up Socks

How to Knit the Foot

To start knitting toe-up socks, you cast on and knit the toe. Once you have reached the total number of stitches for the sock, it’s time to knit the foot. For a simple stockinette sock continue knitting [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Five Steps to Knitting Toe Up Socks

How to Knit the Heel

The heel in a toe-up sock is usually a short-row heel. You shape a short-row heel by using rows in which you don’t knit all the stitches before turning—in other words, a “short” row. This type of heel [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Five Steps to Knitting Toe Up Socks

How to Knit the Leg and Cuff

When knitting socks from the toe up, you can customize the length of the leg and cuff based on preference, fit, or yarn supply. Continue working in the round in stockinette stitch until the leg is approximately [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Five Steps to Knitting Toe Up Socks

The Basic Toe-Up Sock Pattern

This basic sock pattern is written from the toe up in fingering weight yarn and a variety of sizes, with the Easy Toe cast-on and a short-row heel. You can substitute any of the toe and heel methods you [more…]

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How to Wrap and Turn

The trick to making a short-row heel is knowing how to wrap and turn. When working short rows, if you simply turn the piece around and knit, then holes form at the turning point. Wrapping the stitches [more…]

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How to Knit Toe-Up Cable Socks

If you love to knit cables, you'll love knitting these socks! These toe-up socks have cable on the instep as well as up the back of the toe-up gusset heel and leg. Work these cable socks on one long circular [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Socks with Slip-Stitch Ridges

Learn how to knit these top-down socks that feature a twisted rib cuff, easy slip-stitch ridge pattern, an eye-of-partridge-stitch heel flap, and basic toe. You knit these socks on double-pointed needles [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Worsted Boot Socks

These quick-knit socks are worked in worsted weight yarn and knit to a dense gauge. These top-down socks feature calf shaping by using a larger needle size, contrasting heel and toe, and a short-row heel [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Garter Rib Socks

Knit these garter rib socks from the top down, using a variation of 3 x 1 ribbing. The slip-stitch heel pattern is carried through the heel turn and the toe is shaped in a swirl pattern. This stitch pattern [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Cabled-Cuff Socks

The cabled cuff of these top-down socks is knit flat as a rectangular piece, then grafted into a ring for the cuff. Stitches are then picked up from the edge of the cuff for the rest of the sock, which [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Angora Baby Booties

These adorable booties make a great baby shower gift. They knit up quickly in worsted weight yarn on two needles. The sizing information is included here, but you can adjust size by changing needle size [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Floral Lace Socks

For these floral lace socks, you knit them toe up, using the Eastern Cast-On, a short-row heel, and a picot edging. Although only one size is given, the lace pattern is stretchy and accommodates a variety [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit Thermal Sport Socks

Learn how to knit these toe-up socks made of sport weight yarn. These thermal sport socks consist of a stretchy waffle pattern with a short-row heel and twisted ribbing and are both comfortable and stylish [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting Socks: Eight Great Sock Patterns

How to Knit a Baby Cardigan

The small canvas of a baby’s sweater is the perfect place to try out a slip-stitch pattern. This one uses four freshly picked colors of mill-dyed superwash wool. Knitted flat in one piece to the armholes [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Slip-Stitch Projects

How to Knit a Beret and Mitten Set

Worked entirely in the round, the Flambé beret and matching mittens are an excellent showcase for this simple flame-stitch border. Worked in luxurious hand-dyed yarn, the slipped stitches pop against their [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Slip-Stitch Projects

How to Knit a Colorful Scarf

Worked at a very fine gauge, this slip-stitch scarf takes advantage of the yarn’s softness, in addition to highlighting its magical color changes. As you knit, watch the colors shift and change throughout [more…]

Part of the Series: Knitting: Three Slip-Stitch Projects
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