Year of the Monkey: learn to knit socks!
We’ve asked a big question: what do you want to learn this year, and many knitters have replied that they plan to learn to knit socks. Well, 2016 is the Year of the Monkey (in the Chinese Zodiac), and if you’re learning socks, we recommend you try Cookie A’s insanely popular (and free) Monkey Sock pattern!
emily’s first socks were monkeys
The very first sock pattern Emily ever knit happened to be Cookie A.’s famous and fabulous Monkey Socks. Monkeys are an oldie but a goodie (20,000 ravellers couldn’t be wrong, right?!). She simply followed the clear pattern instructions step-by-step, without over-thinking it, and quite miraculously created beautiful first pair of socks! Then, because she loved everything about the pattern, and sock knitting in general, she knit another pair in red!
my first socks were nutkins
My first socks were Nutkins by Beth LaPensee (another excellent free pattern). I remember feeling like the heel turn was pure magic! How could such simple steps make something that fits a foot so perfectly?! While I thoroughly enjoyed knitting them, I enjoyed gifting them to my now sister-in-law even more. She wears them often and there is really no greater compliment to a knitter than seeing your work right there on someones feet. When we got to talking about our first socks Emily and a realized we had both knit Nutkins! Emily knit a lovely pinky red pair, pretty eh?
not ready to tackle sock-weight yarn, tiny needles and lace?
Perhaps you want to dip your toes in the water before you commit to a pair of lace socks with 400 yds of sock weight yarn and 2.25mm needles?
The free Rye sock pattern from The Simple Collection is knit in worsted weight yarn, and is sized from baby to big, so you can start with a little, quick sock and learn all the techniques without too much time investment.
Let’s Knit Socks is our complete step-by-step tutorial that will guide you through all the techniques, from casting on and establishing the pattern, to turning a heel, picking up stitches for the gusset, and grafting the toe using Kitchener Stitch. After you’re comfortable (and have some cozy bed socks), you can forge forward to some more complex sock patterns!
not a sock knitter?
If you already know socks aren’t your bread and butter (or your toast and jam), then maybe you should check out our other in-depth tutorials to help you embark on something new:
For most of us, there’s something new to learn or master in the world of knitting. Even old dogs can learn new tricks!
cast on NOW!
There are still 10 more days to jump in with both feet and participate in our #TCKnewtricksKAL – and learn a new skill in an inspiring and supportive group! On top of the satisfaction and glory, there are some great prizes… I’ve challenged myself to learn 2-colour brioche, and experiment with new colour combinations… what will you learn?
Other lovely socks from TCK: