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January 10, 2011



I warn you that once you get started knitting socks, you won't be able to stop. I have a couple favorite books among all the sock books I have. First of all, I like following the basic sock "recipe" that Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has in "Knitting Rules". The other invaluable book as far as I'm concerned is "Getting Started Knitting Socks" by Ann Budd. She has a basic pattern for making socks from any weight yarn and great pictures for all the techniques that go into making socks.

Good Luck!

Sue Buttram

I highly recommend the Sensational Knitted Socks and More Sensational Knitted Socks books by Charlene Schurch. In the first book, there's a great beginning sock that will teach you how each part of the sock works. Plus, she provides the instructions for DPN's and 2 circular needles. I've used many of the patterns offered.

Sue H

I'd like to try socks but knitting in the round and I don't get along! Are there patterns for single point needles for the very timid sock newbie!!


I highly recommend Silver's Sock Class (free online: to get going. And I agree with Debby - you'll be hooked once you get the basics down :) Enjoy!


Lornas Laces has a one page pattern for classic, basic stockinette stitch socks. For adventuresome, exciting patterns, I like The Eclectic Sole by Janel Laidman.

Kathleen B

I started with Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles by Cat Bordhi. Have resolved to knit my first pair of socks on dpn this year.

Mary C.

I just started knitting socks in 2010 although I've knit "forever". After buying several books, I find myself going to Charlene Schurch's books most often. They look intimidating at first, but they turn out to be easy to follow and help you make the most "perfect-fitting" socks.


If you're intimidated by the small yarn and needles I would suggest the Thuja sock from knitting as a first sock project. It's knit with worsted weight yarn and (I think) size US6 needles. You'll do all the basic sock techniques on larger needles. And it's a free pattern.


I began knitting socks on dpns, and didn't like having all those needles sticking out, and I probably gripped them too tightly because they made my hands hurt. Then I discovered Cat Bordhi's book "Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles". I LOVE that method and I'll never go back to dpns. Circular needles seem to be better for me ergonomically. The book has great illustrations and several patterns, good for beginners on up. Later on, I learned how to even knit two socks at a time on circular needles, and it is now my preferred method in most cases. But, you really need to learn to knit one sock at a time, first.

The whole question of dpns or circs and two circs or magic loop will need to be addressed. It will all depend on YOUR personal style and preference. Once you find your method, then you will be in danger of becoming a sock knitting addict like the rest of us.

Lisa Viviano

I learned to knit socks two at a time with Knitting Circles Around Socks by Antje Gillingham. A very easy to understand book. Watch out sock knitting is addictive!


Knit Socks by Betsy Lee McCarthy is pretty good. The explanations and drawings are clear and concise. Also the instructions for the socks are also nice, clear and step by step. Much easier for the beginning sock knitter. As for online sources the first has several on line classes, to teach you sock knitting and the second has very good eplanations of knitting terms, how-to's and loads of lovely free patterns.


I taught myself using Silver's Sock Class!


I second the "Getting Starting Knitting Socks" and the Yarn Harlot's "Knitting Rules" as great beginner books. If you are interested in toe up, try Wendy Johnson's "Socks from the Toe Up." I knit top down on double pointed needles unless I'm traveling. I started with 2 circular needles for travel and toe up but switched to magic loop. Just start with one method. Once you have the basic sock structure down, it's easy to branch out.


I like Ann Budd's "Getting Started Knitting Socks" because that's the book that made socks make sense to me. But if I were looking for somewhere free to start, I'd either go with Silver's Sock Class (links above) or the free Fuzzyfeet pattern from Knitty
which is just a pair of socks that you knit giant, and then felt into a pair of slippers.


I started knitting socks when a friend gave me Nancy Bush's Folk Socks. There are some truly amazing patterns in here, but what really makes it worth it is the history and also the explanations on various techniques. You may not want to knit the Greek Wedding Socks the first time out, but this book is superlative!

Lisa P.

Knit Socks by Betsy McCarthy is fantastic. Great illustrations, and very step by step. I had knit for almost 25 years before getting up the nerve to try socks. Betsy's book was recomended, and now I'm hooked. On a side note, Betsy lives in my town and she is a delightful person.

Good Luck!


After years of wanting to knit socks I finally took a class at my local knitting shop and have never regretted it. I have quite a few sock books but I always return to these directions for knitting with two circular needles using the top down method. I adapt my patterns to it whenever possible.

Tina Smith

I have to agree with others out there about Silver's Sock Class. That's where I started this down hill slippery slope. She has great directions, fab pics and options for different yarn weights.
Great Class.


The Sensational Socks book is good for beginners. It explains each part of the sock, and their construction.

But once you have got the hang of socks, be warned they are addictive, very addictive.

Laurie Gilbertson

I too am a beginner of sock knitting. With no book or instructions, my mind was swirling. Cuff down? Toe up? Dpns? Or Circulars and one or two? I turned to UTube and found (Staci) who had great instructional video's and VERY easy patterns to follow. I'm a Kinesthetic learner. I'm on my third pair now! I started off with cotton yarn, dpns, and straight knitting. Now I'm going to venture out to knitting two-at-a-time. I love the toe up method and rationale behind it. I LOVE making socks and knit everywhere as this is a great travel project! Much success!!!

marsha salcedo

Thank you for the recommendations and encouragement/warnings. I have one sock finished and the second on my needles. The heel is the biggest far!

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