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Skill Level: Confident Beginner

Keep your family's feet toasty warm with handknit socks! Learn 3 techniques on a classic sock pattern. Find out more in the Class Description below.

Lisa Carnahan
Learn to Knit Socks
Lisa Carnahan, Instructor
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Learn to Knit Socks FAQ

I am ready to start the heel flap of my sock, but am unsure of how to count the rows.Expand

You will count each row for the pattern. Right-side row + wrong-side row = 2 rows. So if the pattern tells you to work rows 1 and 2 once and then repeat those two rows 15 more times, this means that you will work a total of 16 repeats of the two rows. That will be a total of 32 rows. When you look at your knitting and count the actual rows, because you are slipping every other stitch, your fabric will look like you've only knit 16 rows.

When I am knitting the sock in the round, my sock is inside out.Expand

Your sock should have the smooth side (stockinette stitch) on the outside. If it is on the inside, just push the sock through the center of the needles to the outside. You may need to push your ball of yarn through the needles to get it to the proper position. You should be working with the needles that are closest to you. If your sock was inside out, you were probably working on the far side of your sock.

What weight and fiber are you using in the demonstration?Expand

For the demos I used Plymouth Yarn's DK Merino Superwash. It is 100% superwash fine merino wool.

Can I use this pattern to knit a toe-up sock?Expand

Sorry, but this pattern is for socks worked cuff down.

Can I use a sock-weight yarn with this pattern?Expand

No. The number of stitches in this pattern is calculated specifically for a DK- or sport-weight yarn with a gauge of 6 sts / 1". Using any other weight of yarn will result in a sock with improper sizing and poor fabric characteristics.

FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Choosing the Best Yarn
Three Sock-Knitting Techniques
Basic Sock Construction
Casting On & Knitting the Cuff
Knitting the Leg
Working the Heel
Knitting the Foot
Working the Toe
Class Wrap-Up
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Class Project Photos

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September 20, 2020
Van G
Brilliant class. I've always wanted to be able to knit socks and use dpns. The instructions are comprehensive and perfect for a beginner. The instructor takes you through the process, step by step and explains everything clearly as she's going along. I really appreciated being able to review sections too. I'm now on my third pair of socks and am confident using dpns.
Highly recommend this class, thank you!
April 29, 2020
Victoria L B
The class was to the point and quite excellent, I thought. The review capabilities are of course an Annie standard feature, and in this case come in especially handy. The only thing I really needed more help with and felt could have been improved was how to get the socks correctly mounted on 3 (in my case, 4) needles to begin with. Of course, the difficulties I had could've been my own fault, since I selected another pattern, an easier one for house slippers, to start with, thinking that it would be easier to learn on something more basic. I had therefore to adapt what I learned from Lisa's pattern to my new pattern. The hardest part was the very beginning, because I only had 8 stitches to mount on the 4 holding needles, and the sticks kept falling out, or getting twisted when I tried to do the first round or two. The rounds after that were quite easy. And of course, once I began working on an actual sock by Lisa's pattern, the whole matter became much easier even though I was knitting onto 4 sticks instead of her 3, because the more stitches you have to put on, the easier it is to do, because the stitches on each needle hold the whole structure in place if there's a greater number of them. So, that's the only part I felt could've been improved, letting us see more of how to start, and an example of the 5 total stick method as well. The rest was all copacetic.
August 7, 2018
Mary Lou K
This video was very helpful. I followed the instructor for my first sock, using the pattern provided. I just started a different sock pattern and went back to watch again when I got to the heel! Very much appreciated the ability to watch again and again!
March 3, 2018
Carolyn W
This is a great dvd for a new knitter learning on dpns. If you want to master the other methods, it is not as informative. I realize that I can rewind as many times as I need in order to master a technique, but the instructor flies through the Kitchener stitch and doesn't really explain it well. So on my project, the grafting of the toe looked funny and didn't turn out like hers. My only problem with the class was the toe part.
February 14, 2018
Connie M
I thought the class was very helpful. Very easy to follow and clear on each step of the process for socks on DPNs. I hope she does a class on circular needles start to finish in the future,

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