Basic Ankle Socks! Learn to Knit Socks

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Basic Ankle Socks! Learn to Knit Socks

Some of the forum members have mentioned that they would like to learn to knit socks.
Lucky for all of you, I LOVE to knit socks! :cloud9:

In order to help you learn, we will be using a basic ankle sock pattern, which is free here on the Bernat website.

Sox - Ankle Socks

This pattern uses Bernat Sox yarn, which is a fingering weight yarn. VERY THIN.
Since the yarn is so thin, your socks will be comfortable to wear with shoes. This is awesome, because you will be able to show off your handknit socks, everywhere you go! :thumbsup:

I will be making videos of every step of the process, using double pointed knitting needles (dpns).

HOW-TO VIDEOS FOR OUR PROJECT

The socks are knit in the round. As I just mentioned, I will be using dpns. If you prefer, you can use two circulars, or the magic loop method. But, I will only be showing the dpn method.

If you have never knit in the round before, you can practice with our Cup Cozy KAL here in the forum!

Bernat Sox yarn is a soft acrylic/nylon blend. It is machine washable and dryable, so you can just toss them in with your regular laundry. I have decided to use the bright, happy color called "Hot Tamale", with pretty shades of sky blue, lime green, hot pink, and sunny yellow. This yarn should make some very fun ankle socks!

I can't wait to get started! Who wants to learn to knit socks?

karenarp
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Will they be toe up socks?
or ankle down?

Anonymous (not verified)
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karenarp wrote:
Will they be toe up socks?
or ankle down?

They are top down socks. We will start at the ankle.

tjwjlove
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:knit: I'll try. I have crocheted a lot of socks, and love them. I'm glad I made my 2nd cup cozy, to get a little better working the dpn's. I'm scared :scared: , but I'm ready.

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:knit: I'll try. I have crocheted a lot of socks, and love them. I'm glad I made my 2nd cup cozy, to get a little better working the dpn's. I'm scared :scared: , but I'm ready.

You can do it! Just dig in, and give it a try. It is really satisfying when the heel is created. I would recommend taking it slow with this project, so we can all walk each other through each step in the process.

I will do my best to take good photos and videos.

Anonymous (not verified)
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GAUGE SWATCH
Right now, we need to start off with a gauge swatch, so we know our socks will fit. We need to cast on 30 stitches, and knit for at least 4 inches. You can knit straight, or in the round. Just be sure your swatch is knit in stockinette.

If you knit your swatch on staight needles, you will knit the right side rows, and purl the wrong side rows.

If you knit your swatch in the round, you will knit every stitch in every round. This is where "stockinette" got it's name. "Stockings" knit all around create that smooth fabric.

Some experienced knitters believe very strongly that if your project will be knit in the round, your gauge swatch should also be knit in the round. They say that our gauge varies, depending on the yarn, needles, and method of knitting. So, everything should match what you intend to be doing for the actual project.

On the other hand, other knitters (myself included) believe that the gauge doesn't change that much, whether you knit straight or in the round.

laceyj1204
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This really makes me wish I had dpns and some sock yarn on hand!! I spent my yarn money on yarn for an afghan my brother requested so I'm out of luck until next month :(. Guess I can wait and jump in then though. I would so love to learn to knit socks!!!

Anonymous (not verified)
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laceyj1204 wrote:
This really makes me wish I had dpns and some sock yarn on hand!! I spent my yarn money on yarn for an afghan my brother requested so I'm out of luck until next month :(. Guess I can wait and jump in then though. I would so love to learn to knit socks!!!

The great thing about this project is that you only need ONE skein of Bernat Sox to make two socks. :thumbsup:
So, watch for sales and coupons in your area. I'm sure I will still be working on my socks through the end of summer.

Anonymous (not verified)
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OK, I just finished my first gauge swatch, using Bernat Sox yarn with some vintage size 4 (US) dpns in my craft room. I also have some size 3 (US) dpns, and I think I need to do a swatch with them now, because my swatch is a little too big.

This photo shows my swatch with the size 4 dpns, when I was about halfway through.

Making Gauge Swatch by Shandeh, on Flickr

This one shows my two different sets of dpns with the yarn. I really love the color variation in the "Hot Tamale" shade. So summery and bright! :cooldude:

Yarn and Needles by Shandeh, on Flickr

tjwjlove
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:hellogoodbye: I love the vintage needles. I wish we could go back to those good old days. Prices were so much more reasonable. I have picked up lots of supplies thru the years and when I pull them out I am always amazed at the prices.

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:hellogoodbye: I love the vintage needles. I wish we could go back to those good old days. Prices were so much more reasonable. I have picked up lots of supplies thru the years and when I pull them out I am always amazed at the prices.

I am a vintage knitting FREAK! I just love finding that stuff....especially if it's still in the original package.
Take a look at this old poncho kit I bought several years ago on eBay.

ANOTHER Vintage Poncho Kit by Shandeh, on Flickr

Believe it or not, I actually found another one in a different colorway! :shock:

Beautiful Yarn in a Vintage Poncho Kit by Shandeh, on Flickr

Those models on the cover get me every time, with their awkward almost-walking pose. :lol:

Vintage Poncho Knitting Kit by Shandeh, on Flickr

tjwjlove
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:knit: I love your kits. Looks like the early 70's.I have a couple of old pattern books and they crack me up. I still use them from time to time. I love old vintage things. I just like to look and imagine what it was like then. I have a crocheted bedspread, a quilt and several dollies from my grandmother and I love them.

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:knit: I love your kits. Looks like the early 70's.I have a couple of old pattern books and they crack me up. I still use them from time to time. I love old vintage things. I just like to look and imagine what it was like then. I have a crocheted bedspread, a quilt and several dollies from my grandmother and I love them.

We are soulmates! I love all that stuff. :cloud9:

tjwjlove
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:knit: I did my swatch on the 4 dpn's and I need to try the 3. I'm also a little to big. I started the 3 and I thought it was going to be to small. :( Now I have to start over. I guess just as well, the more practice I get the more comfortable I feel. I can't find any Bernat Sox Yarn in this town. I have tried several Wal Mart's, JoAnn's and Michael's. You would think with 1.2 - 1.3 million people here they would carry it. :hrmm: Our craft stores here desire a lot. I'll just have to order it online and wait. I don't like waiting. I have ants in my pants and can't sit still that long. :lol:

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:knit: I did my swatch on the 4 dpn's and I need to try the 3. I'm also a little to big. I started the 3 and I thought it was going to be to small. :( Now I have to start over. I guess just as well, the more practice I get the more comfortable I feel. I can't find any Bernat Sox Yarn in this town. I have tried several Wal Mart's, JoAnn's and Michael's. You would think with 1.2 - 1.3 million people here they would carry it. :hrmm: Our craft stores here desire a lot. I'll just have to order it online and wait. I don't like waiting. I have ants in my pants and can't sit still that long. :lol:

It IS hard to wait for yarn orders....but SO worth it! :cloud9:

Anonymous (not verified)
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Here are photos of my too big gauge swatch, using size 4 dpns:

Too few stitches (about 25):

Gauge Swatch - Too Large by Shandeh, on Flickr

Too few rows (about 32):

Gauge Swatch - Too Few Rows by Shandeh, on Flickr

The good news is that I finished my second swatch, made with size 3 dpns, and it's just right! :D

tjwjlove
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:knit: I redid mine on a 3 and it worked out just right. I did the ribbing and the knit rows.It looks good so far. :hellogoodbye: I haven't seen you on to much lately. I hope you feeling OK. While waiting for more sock info, I have been working on the Bernat From The Middle Baby Blanket. I did get a chance go to your friend Silver's site and starting reading about the socks. Pretty cool, she had a lot of tips that I think will help. Thanks.

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:knit: I redid mine on a 3 and it worked out just right. I did the ribbing and the knit rows.It looks good so far. :hellogoodbye: I haven't seen you on to much lately. I hope you feeling OK. While waiting for more sock info, I have been working on the Bernat From The Middle Baby Blanket. I did get a chance go to your friend Silver's site and starting reading about the socks. Pretty cool, she had a lot of tips that I think will help. Thanks.

Thanks for noticing! I haven't been feeling well lately. Having trouble sleeping, and feeling weak and dizzy. I've spent entire days in bed.

I felt a little better today, though. Got a lot done on my crocheted "On the Lace Cardigan". :) I'm hoping to cast on my ankle socks tomorrow, with the camera taping. I'm so glad my friend Silver's tutorial helped you. I used it a lot when I first learned sock knitting.

tjwjlove
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:hellogoodbye: I figured something was wrong when I didn't see on. I"m so glad your feeling a little better. :hug:

Anonymous (not verified)
How To Videos for Our Socks

Here are the videos I've made, showing how to knit Bernat's Ankle Socks, using Bernat Sox yarn.

Bernat Ankle Socks Video Tutorial

Anonymous (not verified)
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I've finished the ribbing on my sock. :) How far have you gotten on yours?

Ribbing Complete by Shandeh, on Flickr

tjwjlove
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:knit: I've finished mine to the heel part. As you can see I work both socks at the same time. That way I get a pair. To make a long story short, years ago I only wanted to know I could do it and would never finish the other one. My girls got a big laugh out of it, :rofl: so now I work both at the same time.

07-07-12_165 by tjnllike, on Flickr

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:knit: I've finished mine to the heel part. As you can see I work both socks at the same time. That way I get a pair. To make a long story short, years ago I only wanted to know I could do it and would never finish the other one. My girls got a big laugh out of it, :rofl: so now I work both at the same time.

07-07-12_165 by tjnllike, on Flickr

Great progress! :thumbsup:
I usually knit two socks at once also, but decided to make them one at a time this go-around. When I make two at the same time, my work is super slow. :?

Anonymous (not verified)
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Last night, I posted another video, which I recorded on July 4th. It took me this long to get it uploaded to YouTube. My poor computer is having a hard time keeping up with today's technology. I really need to get a new one. :|

Anyway, here's the latest video, showing how to do the knit section after the ribbing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAidZhuyoFc

BuckeyeMom
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It has been years since I knitted a pair of socks. I used to make them for my dad for the winter. He worked outside and he said they were really warm. I think I will attempt to make a pair for myself. :D

Anonymous (not verified)
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BuckeyeMom wrote:
It has been years since I knitted a pair of socks. I used to make them for my dad for the winter. He worked outside and he said they were really warm. I think I will attempt to make a pair for myself. :D

Cool! Welcome to the knit along! :)

BuckeyeMom
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I am knitting the gauge swatch. I found out the importance of this while making the KAL. I am confused as to what size needles I should use. I used #3dpn. My swatch is too small by .5 inches. Do I go with #5 or #2? :huh:

Anonymous (not verified)
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BuckeyeMom wrote:
I am knitting the gauge swatch. I found out the importance of this while making the KAL. I am confused as to what size needles I should use. I used #3dpn. My swatch is too small by .5 inches. Do I go with #5 or #2? :huh:

Good for you! You are wise to make a gauge swatch! :D

Since your swatch is too small, you need to switch to thicker needles, to get the work larger. I would recommed trying US size 4 or 5 needles.

Good luck!

Anonymous (not verified)
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I've finished the ankle!

tjwjlove
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Shandeh wrote:
I've finished the ankle!

:knit: I love the colors, the Hot Tamale is such a great choice. I also ordered the Hot Tamale and the Faded Denim, that way I will have them for future projects.

The next part is a little scary for me. :scared: I have never done this, so I can't wait to see how it works out.

Anonymous (not verified)
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It's true! Making the heel can be scary.
It's the most exciting part of the project.

I made a video last night, and will post it tomorrow. :)

Anonymous (not verified)
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Still trying to get YouTube to upload my video.

In the meantime, you can take a look at the progress I've made on my heel.

Heel Started by Shandeh, on Flickr

Anonymous (not verified)
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I just posted more videos! I hope they help you all with making your socks. :)

tjwjlove
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:hellogoodbye: I guess its my turn to be sick. I have the flu right now. Just to weak to do any thing. Hopefully I'll be better in a couple of days and can get my (Make the Heel) work done. I just watched the video and it was great. :cloud9: I understand what's going on now and how to move the stitches.

Anonymous (not verified)
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oh no! So sorry you have the flu!
I had influnenza A last year, and I know what you mean about weakness.
I hope you get better soon!

tjwjlove
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:hellogoodbye: I just couldn't help my self. I saw the video and had to try it. Everything worked out great. I LOVE :inlove: watching your video's. They way you explain things are perfect, makes it so much easier to understand .

I have found that most of Bernat's patterns are harder to read. I'm so glad I waited for the video. I would have messed up on the Sl-1 for sure. I printed the Bernat Knitting Abbreviations and I would have slipped the next stitch Knitwise. I also have 3 other how-to books, but working Bernat's patterns I wanted there instructions. I'm so new to knitting and don't understand a lot. I know with time and practice I will get better. I make notes all over my papers too. It now reads to Sl1P, Purlwise. I print Excel right on the back of the pattern sheet to keep track of what I have to do and where I am. That helps a lot too. I love the way the heel is working, almost making a design.

The Influenza is much worse than the flu. I think the worst is over and I'm starting to feel a little better. It usually takes a lot to put me down. I fight that too. I remember you were sick a couple of weeks ago and I can tell your getting better and back in the swing of things. ;)

Anonymous (not verified)
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I've noticed that most sock patterns don't specify whether the stitch should be slipped knit-wise or purl-wise when working the heel. It's always puzzled me. But, after making more than 25 pairs of socks, I've learned through experience that the heel works best when the stitches are slipped purl-wise if there is no indication in the pattern.

Bernat patterns are written with an industry standard that has been used for quite a long time now. They can be a little confusing at times, but I've learned that if I stop and read every word, it "clicks". I always feel very smart when I figure it out. ;) So, their patterns are satisfying to me.

I believe that experience makes any pattern easier to work over time. So, I KNOW that one day you will be a knitting superstar to the rest of the world - you already ARE to me! :hug:

tjwjlove
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:hellogoodbye: Oh No, I could never be as good as you. I will be happy just to be able to knit something and have it look alright. There is always something new to learn. Even in crochet, people just keep coming up with different things. I think that is just wonderful and that's what keeps me so interested in it. You get to keep learning new things. Like all the beautiful things you make, :inlove: I love looking at them and hoping one day my stuff will turn out that good. I can't tell you how much you have inspired me, I will always be grateful to you for that. :hug:

Anonymous (not verified)
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You have a great attitude - being open to learn new things. I need to be more like that. I sometimes find myself resistiing change, and preferring to stick to the old ways. Must be my Irish heritage. Ha!

Anonymous (not verified)
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Okay Bernat buddies, I have completed the heel shaping on my sock, and made a video of the process. Unfortunately, my camera and computer refused to communicate with each other, and the video was corrupted. :rainy: But, I'm not giving up! I am DETERMINED to show you how to do EVERY STEP of the sock knitting process....SO, I have unravelled my sock back past the heel shaping, and am making another video today. Stay tuned!

Heel Shaping Complete by Shandeh, on Flickr

tjwjlove
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:hellogoodbye: I'm so sorry you had to re-do the video and tare out all your work. I can wait. Don't know where I get the patience from. :idonno: Oh, I know, with out it I can't do it. With the Irish, English, Italian, (or the French I married) in me, no wonder I can't sit still. :rofl:

Anonymous (not verified)
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Yay! My second video attempt worked! :D
Shaping the Heel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B90zo3WFa_g

tjwjlove
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:knit: I'm a SUPER STAR, Shaking my house too. I love it. :inlove: Everything worked out great. No problems. I love to be serenaded and by such a beautiful voice. Did you ever figure out who the composer was? Did you get to play it in church? I'll bet that was beautiful. :cloud9:

Anonymous (not verified)
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You ARE a superstar! :D
Thanks for watching the video, my friend.
The composer's name is Gabriel Faure. He's one of my favorites.
And Yes, I DID perform "Sicilenne" for the prelude this past Sunday. I did pretty well, but nothing like Patrick Gallois. He's an amazing performer.

tjwjlove
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:knit: I'm still a little under the weather, just can't seem to shake this bug. I'm trying to do the socks. Watching the video's is so helpful. I'm on the 1st rnd after the shaping of the Instep. So far everything is working out great. I just wanted to let you know, I have not given up and that I am working on them again.

Anonymous (not verified)
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I hope you get better very soon!

Good news on your socks. I'm still working on mine too.

hrlaurie
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I was thrilled to find the videos for the socks. I new to using dpn's and making socks so I love the videos. Will there be additional videos added? I have worked to the toe but not sure if I have knitting them correctly or how to finish the toe seem. Thank you for guiding me through my socks making adventure!

Anonymous (not verified)
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hrlaurie wrote:
I was thrilled to find the videos for the socks. I new to using dpn's and making socks so I love the videos. Will there be additional videos added? I have worked to the toe but not sure if I have knitting them correctly or how to finish the toe seem. Thank you for guiding me through my socks making adventure!

Congratulations on learning to knit socks! :thumbsup:

I have been working on the foot part now (instep), and should get to the toe shaping soon. I will make a video for that section. Did you bind off your toe stitches?

I usually do kitchener stitch to close off the toe, but I will cast off and seam this time, since the pattern is written that way. I will be sure to video that as well.

Anonymous (not verified)
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I haven't been feeling well this week, so only basic knitting for me. Last night, I worked on my ankle sock, and finished all those inches I needed for the instep! :)

So now, I'm ready to make that toe shaping video. Stay tuned!

tjwjlove
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:knit: I see your on the toe part. I stopped with the last video. Shape instep after rnd.2 and to the 59 sts. :huh: I thought you had a trick to show us before proceeding on to the 6". If I have to work in just rounds to the toes, I think I can do that. I just don't want to miss any of your tricks, :cloud9: they have helped so much.

I'm sorry to ask, but could you give me the name of your cousin's shop. I have visited her site and would like to see it again. Thanks.

Anonymous (not verified)
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tjwjlove wrote:
:knit: I see your on the toe part. I stopped with the last video. Shape instep after rnd.2 and to the 59 sts. :huh:

I'm sorry my videos skipped a step!
To work the instep, just repeat the two rows (one row with decreases, and one row of knit stitches) until the total number of stitches all around is 59. Then, you will knit every round for the length the pattern specifies for your size.

My cousin's yarn shop is Cottage Yarn, in Mint Hill, NC.

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