How to Knit Socks (for the first time) Step-by-Step Tutorial from B.Hooked

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Skill Level | Intermediate
Finished Size | Custom fit based on measurements

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About this Pattern

If you ’ re comfortable knitting a hat and you want try your hand at sock knit, you ’ re in the mighty place. This pattern was created particularly for first time sock knitters .
With this traffic pattern you ’ ll learn essential sock knitting skills like taking measurements for a custom fit, a versatile cast on and increases, after thought heel placement and the kitchener stitch. When you ’ re finished, you ’ ll be able to use the like basic steps to create a variety of socks by changing alone the sew model .
Before you begin, review this page wholly so you understand the full moon oscilloscope of the project. We have a list of recommend supplies and abbreviations here on this foliate a well as written instructions and a tutorial to walk you through these beginner-friendly knit socks from startle to finish .

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Recommended Supplies

  • Approx 250 yds; medium weight yarn; 100% wool, wool/nylon or cotton/wool/nylon blend; (Cloudborn Superwash Merino Worsted Twist Yarn, Petal pictured)
  • Approx 5 yds of waste yarn; any smooth, contrast color medium weight yarn
  • US 3 (3.25 mm) 32″ or longer circulars (or size needed to obtain gauge)
  • Locking Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

FAQ: Why are we using a medium weight yarn?
Socks are traditionally knit in lightweight but we ’ re using medium weight for your inaugural match because it ’ s easier to work with as you learn a new skill .
Yarn Substitution Resources:
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pattern details


  • K Knit
  • K2tog Knit Two Together
  • KFB Knit Front Back
  • P Purl
  • SSK Slip Slip Knit
  • St(s) Stitches

How to Knit Socks

pattern notes

Additional Notes

Finished Size
  • Small Foot circumference: 7-8″; foot length: 8-9″
  • Medium Foot circumference: 8.5-9.5″; foot length: 9.5-10.5″
  • Large Foot circumference: 10-10.5″; foot length: 11-11.5″

7 stitches per inch in stockinet stitch

Additional Notes:
You may knit a gauge swatch anterior to starting the windsock knitting KAL, however, it isn ’ thyroxine necessity. Steps will be provided in blueprint section 1 to check and measure gauge. This will ensure the most accurate results although it may require you to knit the toe a second meter if you need to make a phonograph needle size allowance. It may be utilitarian to have a US 2.5 and US 4 knitting acerate leaf circular on hand equitable in shell .
rather than use double pointed needles ( which may be excessively “ fiddly ” for new sock knitters ) you will be instructed to use the magic trick coil method. One benefit to magic loop windsock knit is the ability to try them on as you go. Perfect for a customs match !
Instructions for sizes are given as follows :
Small ( Medium, Large )

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Written Instructions

Toe Instructions

Use Judy ’ s Magic Cast On to cast on 12 ( 16, 20 ) sts on each of the two needles .
Round 1 (needles 1 and 2): K all sts .
Round 2 (needles 1 and 2): K1, KFB. K to final two sts. KFB, K1 .
Round 3 (needles 1 and 2): K all sts .
Repeat: Rep rounds 2 and 3 until you have :

Foot Circumference (in) Total sts Each Needle
7 20
7.5 22
8 24
8.5 26
9 28

Stop to measure gauge. pull needles through stitches so the toe is resting on the cord. Lay the toe on a two-dimensional and count how many stitches are in a 1 ” section. If you count 7 stitches, continue with the foot .
Note: If you count more stitches in 1 ”, you will need to rework the toe with a larger acerate leaf. If you count fewer stitches in 1 ”, you will need to rework the toe with a smaller acerate leaf. Going up or down one needle size normally does the antic. If you proceed with the sock and the incorrect gauge, the sock may not fit properly .

Foot Instructions

Next Round (needles 1 and 2): K all sts .
Repeat: Rep last round of golf until windsock measures :

Foot Length (in) Sock Length (in)
8 5
8.5 5.5
9 6
9.5 6.5
10 7
10.5 7.5
11 8

Measure from cast on edge of toe.

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Tutorial 1: Cast on, Toe & Foot

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Placing the Afterthought Heel

Knit all sts on needle 1 .
note : The stitches on phonograph needle two are heel stitches and will be worked on thriftlessness yarn to hold them until you ’ re finished knitting the peg. Choose a lay waste to thread that ’ s smooth and of similar weight in a line color to your sock yarn. Leave working thread attached to sock .
Row 1 (needle 2): K all sts with lay waste to thread. Turn .
Row 2 (needle 2): P all sts with thriftlessness thread. Turn .
Row 3 (needle 2): K all sts with consume narration. Turn .
Slip the heel stitches on to the entrust acerate leaf. Pick up the work yarn and K all sts on acerate leaf 2 .

Leg of Sock

Rounds 1-4  (needles 1 and 2): K all sts .
Round 5 (needles 1 and 2): K3. P1 .
Rep last round until leg measures 5 ( 5.5, 6 ) ” from foremost quarrel of list .
Stretchy bind off in convention ( see tutorial ) .

see how it’s done

Tutorial 2: Placing heel, leg and bind off

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Afterthought Heel

With thriftlessness yarn facing up and toe closest to you, insert needle 1 through the right leg of all heel stitches in the row immediately above godforsaken thread stitches, from right to left .
Insert phonograph needle 2 through the right leg of all heel stitches in the row immediately below pine away thread stitches, from right to left .
Working from left to right, on the top row of waste yarn, pick out each sew of the pine away narration. Pull and unravel the pine away yarn to the stitches being held on phonograph needle two .
You should now have know stitches on needle 1 and acerate leaf 2 .
Starting with phonograph needle 2, you will need to pick up extra stitches between the needles to close the break. You may have to play around with the placement to get the best results. In the space between the needles PUAK 4 sts .

Round 1 (needle 2): K all sts .
Like earlier, pick up 4 stitches between the needles to close the gap .
Round 1 (needle 1): K all sts .

Decrease rounds for picked up stitches:

Round 2 (needle 1): K2tog, K to end of needle .
Round 2 (needle 2): K2tog, K to end of needle .
Round 3 (needle 1): K2tog, K to end of phonograph needle .
Round 3 (needle 2): K2tog, K to end of needle .
Next 3 Rounds (needles 1 and 2): K all sts

Heel Decrease Repeat:

Round 1 (needle 1 and 2): K1. SSK. K to the stopping point 3 sts. K2tog. K1 )
Round 2 (needle 1 and 2 ) : K all sts .
You will decrease stitch reckon by four each heel decrease repeat. Rep rounds 1 and 2 of the heel decrease model until you have 12 ( 16, 20 ) sts remaining on each needle .
Cut the narration leaving an 8 ” tail. Thread the dock on a narration phonograph needle. Hold the two needles twin with thte yarn end coming from the right field side and from the inaugural stitch on the
back phonograph needle. Graft the stitches together with the Kitchener stitch ( see tutorial ).


Weave in all the tails on the wrong side of the sock. Use the tail to close any remaining gap in the heel. Use the chase to correct the jog at crown of windsock .

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