Tools for sock-knitting success (+ giveaway!)

Martingale's Knit and Crochet Friday

The Sock Knitter's HandbookWe’ve all heard that using the right tool makes any job easier, and if you’ve ever tried to loosen a screw using a butter knife, you know those words are true. Well, they apply to knitting just as they do to any other activity. Having the right yarn and needles for the project is key to achieving a good result. And having the right kind of guidance—clear, understandable, truly helpful, and perhaps most important, there when you need it—is essential. This is especially true if you’re doing something that has the potential to be challenging, something like, say, knitting socks.

I’m very fond of knitting socks but I don’t do it often enough to have a favorite pattern or to be able to get from start to finish without having to look up at least something along the way. And my go-to resource for all sorts of sock-knitting answers is The Sock Knitter’s Handbook. It’s the right tool for the job! Are you familiar with it? We introduced this handy little gem in early 2012, and it’s been a big hit with sock fans everywhere. In fact, it’s been so popular we decided to release it in a new format: it’s now available in paperback with a clever lay-flat binding.

You say you missed the book’s debut? Well, here’s your chance to get to know it. My colleague Karen Soltys did a wonderful job describing the features of the book in her post about its original release. Here’s what she had to say:

The book is jam-packed with photos and illustrated instructions for all sorts of cuffs, heels, heel flaps, and toe options (for both toe-up and cuff-down socks, mind you). You’ll also find trouble-shooting tips, some favorite stitch patterns for socks, and a handy index for locating exactly what you need. This is one sock book you won’t want to live without.

Did I mention that this book is the perfect size to tuck into your knitting bag, so you can have it handy whenever you feel the urge to cast on a new pair of socks?

Feeling apprehensive about trying your hand at sock knitting? Authors Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott explain in the introduction to the book that socks don’t have to be intimidating. “Knitting socks is really just about putting together a series of several different knitting techniques—knitting in the round, turning a heel by knitting back and forth, picking up stitches for a gusset, or shaping a toe.” Here’s an illuminating excerpt from the book’s overview of sock architecture.


Sock Architecture
From The Sock Knitter’s Handbook by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott

Fundamentally, a sock is a tube of knitting that has one open, stretchy end to let the whole foot enter, a sharp turn for the heel, and then a closed end to fit the toe smoothly. You can start knitting this structure at the top, at the toe, or somewhere in between, such as at the ankle just before the heel. Knitters have been exploring these alternatives forever and no doubt will continue to do so as long as knitting is the best way to make a sock. In this section we describe the individual sock elements and some important fit and wear issues for each one. These examples, one top down and one toe up, have the same elements. Some sock architectures combine or omit an element or two.

Sock architecture

Cuff
The cuff is typically stretchy enough to hold the sock on the calf; it’s often worked in ribbing (alternate knits and purls) for elasticity. The top edge of the cuff needs to be loose enough to allow the heel to fit through it.

Leg
The leg is generally a straight tube that is also elastic enough to accommodate the difference in circumference between the calf and the ankle. Some knitters like to add shaping to this section around a calf. Stretchy patterns work well for the leg, but this is also the area where some knitters do dazzling pattern work.

Heel
The heel is where the tube makes a turn. At its most basic, the heel requires more fabric on the heel side than on the instep side. There are a large number of structures to accomplish this, and there are quite a few techniques for heels covered in the book.

Foot
The foot section is a straight tube between the heel and toe. Many times it’s knit in stockinette stitch for speed or ease because it’s hidden in the shoe. You can also knit the instep of the foot using the same decorative pattern you used to knit the leg. For those with a narrow foot, an elastic instep pattern such as a rib will help the sock fit comfortably.

Toe
Not all feet are created equal. Some of us have long toes, some short; some have rather square toes, and some quite pointy. This is one area where you can customize your socks to fit the toes you have. The choice of toe can be based on technique, the length of the toe, or the look.


Now that the knitted sock has been demystified, you’re ready to cast on! The helpful information in The Sock Knitter’s Handbook will guide you through every step. You can purchase the book in either hardcover or paperback today at ShopMartingale.com—and as always, when you purchase the book, you’ll get an eBook copy of the book to download for free right away. Do you have a pair in the works but need a little help? No need to wait to pick them up again!

Where do you typically hit a snag when knitting socks? Tell us below in the comments and you could win a copy of The Sock Knitter’s Handbook eBook! We’ll pick a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Linda, who writes:

“I have started probably 20 times, and ripped them back out because they were so terrible. But I keep trying. One of these days, I’m going to get the hang of it! ha.”

Linda, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!


126 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I love knitting socks. When knitting two at a time I’m not able to knit both heels at the same time. Is it possible? That’s my biggest snag. Thanks for the chance to win. I have one of Charlene’s other books and enjoy it very much.

    —Karen Watkins on September 27, 2013
  • Finding time! The actual process goes great – I LOVE making socks, but I sometimes have to let them take a back seat to other projects.

    —Louise on September 27, 2013
  • I’m a beginner sock knitter so I am trying different toes and heels until I find one I really like. My biggest trouble spot so far has been the heel. This sounds like it would be a very helpful resource. Thanks for the give away.

    —Leslie on September 27, 2013
  • Attaching the gusset to the heel always

    —Cindi on September 27, 2013
  • I always get stuck when it comes to the bind of in the toe section. There must be some 4 or 5 lonely socks with "open toes" in my knitting basket… The book sounds perfect – and I always wanted to try the toe up version, to avoid the kitchener stitch to close the toe.
    Thanks for a chance!

    Barb in MI on September 27, 2013
  • I have trouble with the fine yarn. I have to watch very closely to be sure I am catching the loops with the needles. Very frustrating.

    —C Warren on September 27, 2013
  • I am a beginner at sock knitting. I would so like to knit socks, but when I try, I get discouraged and give up usually around the heel.

    —Linda on September 27, 2013
  • I love knitting socks. Would love to win this book.

    —Colleen Bartell on September 27, 2013
  • My mother knitted for 80 years before she passed away last year and sadly I only began to learn to knit lately…I’m sure she’s smiling down at me now! She always made my brothers socks and I am trying to carry this on fro her…this book looks like a dream…thanks for the chance to win!

    —Diana Ballard on September 27, 2013
  • Not too experienced at socks because DPNs confound me. My current attempt is with a 12 inch circular. The book sounds like a winner.

    —Lea Siroky on September 27, 2013
  • Too afraid to try! So I hit a snag with getting started. 🙂

    —Jeannie M on September 27, 2013
  • Trouble starts with the heel and then gets progressively worse!

    Karen Cox on September 27, 2013
  • The heel always gives me problems! Other than that I love socks!

    —Terri White on September 27, 2013
  • It’s a while since I knitted socks!
    I always remember being a little bit apprehensive about ‘turning the heel’ but I’d just bite the bullet
    and follow the instructions carefully and everything worked out OK!

    —Linda Fleming on September 27, 2013
  • Turning the heel is my biggest snag.

    —Nancy L on September 27, 2013
  • I just can’t get the hang of using 4 or 5 needles to knit socks, so knit them on two needles and have a seam at the back. I guess it is just practise, practise, practise – I sure love the feel of the kroy wool, and nothing keeps your feet warmer in the winter than a pair of hand knitted socks.

    Gail G on September 27, 2013
  • I made my first few top-down on DPN but switched to TAAT toe-up and love the method. I make kilt hose for my husband and there are few full patterns to follow, so I combine and make things up as I go. Current challenges are finding a durable heel (I love the simplicity of Fleegle heel but not sure how long it will wear) and choosing an increase stitch that I think looks good. Of course most people will see the FO from a few feet away but I look at it from inches and despair! Would love to check this book out!

    —Sydnie on September 27, 2013
  • I have been too afraid to try. I started with four needles and I can’t seem to get past the first couple of rows.

    —Theresa M. Camil on September 27, 2013
  • My biggest problem is closing the toes, ie. the Kitchener Stitch. I enjoy knitting, especially smaller projects, and have knit on and off since I was about 10, but that stitch still throws me!

    —Mary on September 27, 2013
  • i hit the snag at the heel and then always have to look up the knisher way to bind off the toes but they are fun

    —margo on September 27, 2013
  • I start messing up the first time when I start a lacy pattern on the instep, and then I mess up later trying to do the heel. I love the pictures with the identified parts of a sock — I sure could have used that when I started!

    —Cindy S on September 27, 2013
  • I have knitted larger projects and been able to make adjustments so the project turns out to be the right size. With using the finer yarn for socks, my stitches are always too loose or too tight and the socks-in-progress turn out all wonky.

    —Crspy16 on September 27, 2013
  • Finishing with the kichener stitch. I have to play that u tube video over and over and do the stitch with her. LOL

    Debbie on September 27, 2013
  • Finishing is hard because I have to keep playing that utube video over and over as I follow her stitches. LOL Also at the heal trying to connect the flap back to the sock (re picking up the stitches)

    Debbie Zerkel on September 27, 2013
  • I have been knitting my whole life–blankets, baby layettes,caps–but never attempted socks. I’d love to try socks now that the fear has subsided 🙂
    Store bought are never comfy below the calf, at the heel or the toe, and the colors are never to my liking–I’m a 70’s wild child (this makes me ancient and still "wild", sorta). I really would like to start with your handbook and create socks I LOVE. Thanks for the chance.

    —Donna Philip on September 27, 2013
  • I love knitting socks, they are so nice to wear. So much more comfortable than store bought socks. I just take it one sentence at a time and even, in times of trouble, "comma to comma". Slowing it down, makes it go smoother.

    —Cindy L on September 27, 2013
  • I have never made a pair of socks, they always seem so involved. Would love to win the book to learn something new. I must admit I am a sock fanatic.

    —connie on September 27, 2013
  • The biggest snag for me so far is making a sock that fits the foot comfortably. I am new at sock knitting, so maybe this will get better with practice.

    —joyce on September 27, 2013
  • The snag I hit with knitting socks is getting to keep a pair for ME!! Seems every pair I knit walks off on someone else’s feet. LOL

    —Heather Koncz on September 27, 2013
  • Hello,it is the HEEL!
    Maybe this Book will help!
    Thanks for sharing!

    —Linda on September 27, 2013
  • I’ve knit exactly 2 socks in my life. They were not hard to do and I did finish them. HOWEVER, I couldn’t do it again as I don’t really remember what I did. This book would really help!!!!

    —Sharon Decker on September 27, 2013
  • I guess my biggest problem with socks is estimating the amount of yarn I’m going to need if I want to make the sock longer. I don’t want to run out before I get to the toe, and I also don’t want to end up with too much left over. I’d really like to learn toe-up socks. That might solve my problem…

    Nita on September 27, 2013
  • My worst snag is when I pick up stitches along the heel gusset- nine out of ten times I end up with a hole or a transition that is not neat or "seamless" It really aggravates me! Lois Traw

    —Lois Traw on September 27, 2013
  • I have problems with the heel, so I just usually have to do it over at least two to three times before I get a fit that works.

    —Joyce Grantham on September 27, 2013
  • Where do I hit a snag? Starting! My friends knit socks and I LOVE them. I have bought yarn and needles. But, I’ve never actually made them myself so I just can’t start. Help!! This book would be just what I need to feel confident enough to start. Thanks for the opportunity to win one.

    —Sue H on September 27, 2013
  • Grafting the toes together.

    —knittingdancer on September 27, 2013
  • I have started probably 20 times, and ripped them back out because they were so terrible. But I keep trying. One of these days, I’m going to get the hang of it! ha

    —Linda Kay on September 27, 2013
  • Dark yarn is my biggest bugaboo. Have been trying for 3 months to finish one sock! The other is the kitchener stitch. Tried toe up, and it goes much easier.

    —Marcia Gault on September 27, 2013
  • I am never sure when/where I should start the heel on toe up socks to get a proper fit.

    —Karon M. on September 27, 2013
  • ughhhhh I really want to finish a pair…I get stuck at the heel also 🙁
    My hubby says…go buy some, it’s less frustrating! My problem I have BIG feet, size 12. No cute socks come in that size so when I buy them I always get guys, dull black, wawawawa I just want some cute ones…I can’t wear wool, but I know there are lots of other kinds of yarn…I think I need to take a class…..
    Vickie

    —Vickie VanDyken on September 27, 2013
  • I get discouraged after a few inches because the spot between each needle leaves a gap that I hate the look of. I found a two needle pattern that works well but I’m missing out on all the other wonderful patterns available.

    —Val Johnson on September 27, 2013
  • One of my goals this year was to learn to knit socks. So far, I have yet to pick up needles and attempt to knit a sock, so I guess my biggest trouble is knowing where to start and getting started!

    —Deb G in VA on September 27, 2013
  • I hit the first snag when I think about attempting socks! I hear so much from friends who have troubles that I’m totally intimidated and haven’t tried to knit a pair yet. I have paid others to knit them for me though! And traded hand dyed yarns in exchange for the finished socks.

    —Judy on September 27, 2013
  • I decided to start with a "toes up" project. Fingers flew along until I got stuck at turning the heel without making holes along the gusset. Needles are small, yarn is fine, and eyes don’t see everything they should. I need to work under a really good light.

    —Claudia on September 27, 2013
  • The trouble starts with the cast-on and sticks there! I haven’t finished a pair yet, but I want to! I have plenty of yarn and needles.

    —Jean Blythe on September 27, 2013
  • Socks are fun, but sometimes I run into a little snag. Would so enjoy this book.

    —Betty McCormick on September 27, 2013
  • I get my info. From the webbrowser Knit Techniques

    Sandra Chang on September 27, 2013
  • I often have trouble with turning the heel, and so does my daughter, Rhea! As she has just had a new baby, it would be good to have some help with the Sock Book so we can actually finish some little socks and bootees for the lovely Naomi, just one week old!
    Thank you.

    —Sue Edes on September 27, 2013
  • I have not knit any ‘patterned’ socks yet–in fact, I’ve only used one toe-up pattern to make 3 pairs of socks so far–and the first time I made them, it took some effort on my part to just trust the instructions. Using magic loop was also lots easier than DPNs for me.

    —Jean Ashley on September 27, 2013
  • I’ve only tried one pair of socks and the heel was a disaster. I’d love to give it another try with some help…

    —Christine on September 27, 2013
  • I have trouble between the heel and gusset, turning the heel. Would love some direct help with that!

    —Karen on September 27, 2013
  • Heel turning is my nemesis! This book would be a great resource I think.

    —Robin M on September 27, 2013
  • I get into trouble when I get to the gusset. I really want to conquer that aspect.

    —Kathrynn on September 27, 2013
  • I love making socks. I suffer from second sock syndrome. I need to learn how to knit two socks at the same time so I no longer have mismatched socks (even though they are fun to wear).

    Robin (RsIslandCrafts) on September 27, 2013
  • Turning the heel, sometimes I get holes at the sides of the heel.

    —Joanne on September 27, 2013
  • I sometimes have holes on the one side of the gusset pickup, along the heel flap.

    —Liisa on September 27, 2013
  • I usually have a problem when going to pick up the stitches along the sides for the instep because I still haven’t figured out the pick up ratio…like with the heel….it’s half the stitches for the heel and half for the instep….is there even a pick up instep stitches ratio???….anyways…have a great knitting weekend.

    —Darlene Krystal on September 27, 2013
  • While I enjoy all the components of knitting a sock I generally find knitting toe up heels to fit nicely a problem, either they’re too short to fit my heel through or they sag on my ankle. More sock knitting practice ahead for me. This book sounds like the perfect resource.

    mistea on September 27, 2013
  • I’ve tried to knit socks and can’t get past casting on. Find it hard to manage the needles.

    —karen on September 27, 2013
  • My aunt taught me to knit a sock when I was about 10 yrs old. I’m 76 yrs old now. I am afraid to try to knit a pair of socks. I just picked up my knitting needles again 3 months ago. I sure could use the help that Charlene and Beth have to offer in their book. I’m sure their information would give me the courage to try knitting a pair of socks.

    —Irene Foss on September 27, 2013
  • I really like knitting socks my biggest snag is that there aren’t enough hours in the day. I love a good sockbook and i can imagine that this one is more than just good. Would love to add this to my library

    —peggy on September 27, 2013
  • I haven’t knit lots of socks but I do enjoy making them. My trouble ,sometimes is picking up the stitches so that I don’t end up with a hole
    at the beginning. The book sounds very helpful.

    —Gerry Cameron on September 27, 2013
  • My biggest problem is making it fit well. Usually they are a little too short, or the circumference is not quite the right size and sometimes have to knit it over.

    —Debby Shoemaker on September 27, 2013
  • I am just learning how to knit socks and I have trouble when it comes to shaping the heel. I can’t quite get the hang of it.

    —Sheila on September 27, 2013
  • I have trouble with the fit. The sizing is a real challenge

    —Robin D on September 27, 2013
  • My favorite pastime is knitting socks so I knit them everywhere: riding in the car, on my lunch break, during choir practice, at home during TV time, etc. I always have a sock project in my purse so I can knit when whenever I have time.

    —Danette on September 27, 2013
  • I love knitting socks, but finding the perfect fitting heel is a big pain.

    —Joanne on September 27, 2013
  • I am trying to teach myself how to knit socks with the double pointed needles. Your book would be a tremendous help. I do not know anyone personally that knits socks to ask for help.

    —Judy Wall on September 27, 2013
  • Just finished my first sock (it is not a pair –yet). And I think I missed some loops on the bind off. Sure that I can fix it one way or another – will be interesting to see if I can knit another and have it turn out the same size (maybe a few hot washes, for one, to make a pair)…

    —Karen on September 27, 2013
  • I’ve been knitting socks for years now. I’ve gotten better at not having a little hole on one side of the gusset; and I too have to play the YouTube video every time for the kichener stitch! I do have trouble getting both to be the exact same size and also picking up the same number of stitches on each side of the gusset. Every time!

    For commenters who are trying to learn on 4 needles on their own, I suggest the Knit Witch on YouTube. Excellent tutorial in addition to the book (which I would love to win)!! However, sounds like some of the commenters could use the book more than I. :))

    Karen Lukac on September 27, 2013
  • I have never knit a pair of socks, I would like to make some though.

    —Sunnie on September 27, 2013
  • I’m in the process of knitting my first sock – and picking up the gusset stitches was quite a challenge! It doesn’t look very good but I don’t know anyone who’s going to lift up my pant leg, point at my sock & say "Look at that terrible gusset!" So, I will continue on and knit the 2nd sock, hoping for a better result! Apparently, I could use the book! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    Sally on September 27, 2013
  • I want to learn how to make socks…..badly! But I just don’t get it. I’m a beginner as far as knitting is concerned and I have purchased several books on how to knit socks. I even purchased a Crafsty class but alas it was not for beginners. Maybe this book is what I need! Would love to win one. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —Connie on September 27, 2013
  • My biggest hang up is looking at those patterns and thinking, I couldn’t do it—- not my hobby. But I do have a daughter-in-law who knits like a pro and would love this book. Sounds and looks very helpful – why even a beginner might get past the fears of socks….

    —Betty Paschal on September 27, 2013
  • Picking up the stitches after turning the heel,is my "ugh" moment. Since I have narrow feet, I love having pretty socks that are warm and fit!

    —Judi Reiss on September 27, 2013
  • I think that I need a little more practice doing the bind off on the toe section. Maybe what I need to do is try knitting socks from the toe up. Would love to look at this book.

    —Barbara Y on September 27, 2013
  • Everywhere. Am just starting and everything is too new. My daughter knits socks and I’m so jealous, I have to learn too. Would love this book.

    —Lydia on September 27, 2013
  • I have a hard time with the transitions between the double pointed needles. Can’t seem to keep from having big gaps…

    —Karen Isaacson on September 27, 2013
  • I started knitting socks this year. The hardest part for me is getting started, once the first 3-4 rows are finished it is smooth sailing.

    Amy Eileen Koester on September 27, 2013
  • How about publishing "The Sock Crocheters Handbook" for 2014?

    My snag is trying to make crocheted socks after seeing knit patterns!

    —Lynne on September 27, 2013
  • I been wanting for ages to knit socks but there’s been a problem my local store has not had the correct yarn in the store. It is a speciality yarn and therefore they don’t stock it. I have been so dissapointed. I am now resorting to looking on line. For a pattern book I’m going to take a look at the ebook and perhaps I will even purchase it. Thanks for highlighting this topic. Julie

    —Julie Beard on September 27, 2013
  • I love knitting socks. If I get stuck it will be when I start toe up socks.

    Lynn in AZ on September 27, 2013
  • I learned how to knit when I was 10 years old and since then have tried knitting a few more times. Now I see so many beautiful socks being knitted, I really want to try it again!. It’s warm here most of the time in Arizona where I live, but I need some socks to wear during our brief version of "winter"!! LOL! This book looks like the best to help me learn how to make some cozy socks I will need soon!

    —Vicki Sprain on September 27, 2013
  • Sizing! Too small or too big.

    —Alexis on September 27, 2013
  • I like my socks to be perfect. I take my time. It takes me a month of knitting every night and sneaking in a few rounds during the day to finish a pair of socks that fit my high instep perfectly. The heal turn takes complete concentration and no interruptions, speed is not important. If I could find a faster but sturdy method that looks as nice as the one I use, I would try it because the heal turn is the real challenge in knitting beautiful socks.

    Sally W on September 27, 2013
  • The heel turn gets me the most trouble. Especially bagels flap and gusset. I like short row heels the best. Thanks
    gussek on ravelry

    —Debbie H on September 27, 2013
  • It has been years since I have knitted socks and now that someone gave me a pair I would love to make some more. I remember my delight at turning a heel. My major problem now is finding some wool that will wear and wash well when used for socks

    —Lorraine on September 27, 2013
  • Socks have always baffled me. I understand the concept, but the execution, well, I’m lost. I’d love to have a book that I could turn to for clarification of the steps and different techniques.

    —Connie C on September 28, 2013
  • With socks, it’s having them take a back seat while other projects get done. I’ve finally started just carrying them with me, since knitting two at a time on a circular needle is so portable and working on them when I have a minute or two. The small size fits in my purse and I tend to work on them while hubby drives or I’m in meetings. I also haven’t figured out how to do both heels at the same time when doing a short row heel, but I don’t fuss much about it, one at a time is fine.

    —Michelle McCrillis on September 28, 2013
  • I’m most likely to mess up on the heel. Just have to concentrate on it more. I knit mine toe up. Thanks!

    —Jane on September 28, 2013
  • I’m a beginning sock knitter (1 pair). Starting second pair. Hoping they won’t fall apart.

    Susan on September 28, 2013
  • I usually have a bit of an issue when picking up stitches after the heel is done.
    thanks for the giveaway

    —Nancy on September 28, 2013
  • Want to knit socks for my grandchildren but am unsure of myself because of all that I’ve hear about knitting. Would love to have a good resource to help me get started.

    Carolyn Dolll on September 28, 2013
  • I always get a bit stuck when picking up stitches for the gusset but with a resource like this it would come more easy

    —Marthese on September 28, 2013
  • I have never knitted a pair of socks before. I am so intimidated by the whole process. I think this book would help me get over my fear.

    —Karen on September 28, 2013
  • It’s picking up the stitches after turning the heel. I’m never sure if I pick up the right part of the stitch and it’s rare that I get the right number on the first try.

    Tracy in SW WA on September 28, 2013
  • would love to learn how to knit socks

    —Melody H. on September 28, 2013
  • Just starting is getting in my way, have patterns, needles, & yarn . . just need to start and know that I have a book to look in if I run into a problem.

    —su3385 on September 28, 2013
  • I love to knit socks. I’ve only done the top down and finish with a kitchner stitch. I always look up the youtube on the kitchner stitch to refresh my brain but then perform it with no troubles. Also, I make sure that when I am picking up stitches after the heel turn that I am not in a suspenseful area of a movie so I can concentrate properly.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

    —Mary D - OKC on September 28, 2013
  • I have made several pairs of socks with two circular needles, but all of them have holes where the gusset attaches to the heel.

    —Abbie on September 28, 2013
  • I am a beginning knitter and haven’t tried knitting socks yet. The book might help get me over that hurdle.

    —Susan on September 28, 2013
  • I ALWAYS have to read and re-read the directions for the Kitchener’s stitch. For some reason, it just doesn’t sink in!

    —Barb Johnson on September 28, 2013
  • I have not tried to knit socks but with a book like this I will give it a try. Thanks.

    —Janet on September 28, 2013
  • I am learning to knit toe up with magic loop. So far I have been afraid to try 2 at a time. So I have several "single" sox made. I would love to have this reference book to help me remember M1L and M1R method and variations of the heels

    —norma jean on September 28, 2013
  • I have never made a pair of socks. I bought the loom for it, thinking it would be easier to learn. And I bought a book for the loom. After looking at the pictures, it looked so difficult, I didn’t even try. Would love to win this book. Maybe it would get me going!

    —Jan staples on September 28, 2013
  • I am not a beginner knitter, but have tried to knit sock and just can’t get the heal part, therefore I haven’t tried again. Would love to learn to knit socks as I wear them all winter long and there are some really great looking patterns.

    —l on September 28, 2013
  • love the yarn used on the cover. can somebody tell me what it is please?

    Janice, I’ll see if I can find out for you. ~Cornelia

    —Janice on September 28, 2013
  • I desperately want to learn to knit socks but I am so unhappy with the cuffs that are in my patterns-I want one that has good stretch and will stay up on my ankle instead of sagging. I have my fingers crossed that I will win the book full of good instructions!

    —Janet on September 28, 2013
  • I like to knit socks, but have a lot of difficulty ending up with 2 that actually match! I solved that by knitting single miniature socks for Christmas ornaments and to attach with gift ties. This looks like the help I need to be able to knit socks human size.

    —Pearl on September 28, 2013
  • The dreaded hole along the heelflap is what bugs me the most with sock knitting. Even with picking up an extra stitch (or two) doesn’t seem to help for me.

    —Dawn on September 28, 2013
  • I’m still a very, very, very early beginning. It’s all new to me and without someone sitting with me, I’m not smooth with my knitting at all. I can use all the help I can get!

    —Sharon A on September 28, 2013
  • The heel turn is usually where I have to slow down and really think how to proceed. My mother taught me how to knit socks, and I have never knitted them following a pattern. Now it has been quite a while since I have made any, so it will take some time to remember and try to figure out how to do it.

    Anita on September 28, 2013
  • I would like some guidance on toe up socks.My BIG problem is preventing wear in the area UNDER the heel,any ideas? Thank you.

    —Ailbhe O Callaghan on September 29, 2013
  • Gussets are my literal weak spot!

    —Margarita H on September 29, 2013
  • I have never knit any socks…YET. But I really want to. The handbook might be great way to ‘kick’ off.
    🙂

    —Beth on September 29, 2013
  • I’m in the process of knitting socks for all of my grandchildren and I always seem to have a hole when I pick up the stitches along the instep. The sock I made yesterday looked like I had dropped a couple of stitches (which I hadn’t) but I just went back later and darned a couple of stitches in to fill the hole and it looks alright. The kids like them and that’s the main thing, and they’ll all have warm toes this winter.

    —Ellen on September 30, 2013
  • My snagging point is trying to get both socks the same length, both the leg length and then the foot length. Each sock always seem to end up being a slightly different length in both areas, even if I knit the same number of rows and measure each one repeatedly. This book is awesome and I would dearly love to win it. Thanks for the opportunity!

    —susan on September 30, 2013
  • I love knitting socks and have been knitting them cuff down on four or five double points since a teenager. Socks are my favorite item to knit. Lace socks keep me fascinated and motivated to finish. I decided I should try the toe up method, circular and two circular methods. That’s when frustrations began. It may be difficult to keep four needles from twisting when joining but not nearly as frustrating as starting a toe up sock. The twisting issue is over with the first round. It is the whole toe which is an issue with two up. The circular methods just seem to have too much needle and cable around to handle. I am sticking with the double points and cuff down.

    —Audrey on September 30, 2013
  • I find turning the heel the most difficult part of the sock to knit.

    —Marie on September 30, 2013
  • I have trouble getting two that match. This book sounds great! Keeping my fingers crossed…

    —Terri S on October 1, 2013
  • I have trouble getting two that match. This book sounds great! Keeping my fingers crossed.

    —Terri S on October 1, 2013
  • As I’m new to knitting, socks scare me as does lace patterning & cables lol. I bought some self striping yarn & some DPNs to have a go, hoping that the colours would draw the eye away from any mistakes I make when knitting them. The problem I have is that the needles are so tiny/thin & are difficult to hold & I find that when the row I’ve knitted bunches up & I move the yarn along the needles it falls off the other end because I forget they’re DPN lol. I’ve even tried the end covers but then forget to put them back on after each row. As I’ve not got much farther than the calf I haven’t had any difficulty turning the corner on the heel yet, although I can forsee many problems there once I’ve mastered the art of keeping the yarn on the needles in the first place. Hopefully this book will give tips on how to overcome my problems too.

    —Jan on October 2, 2013
  • Finishing the second sock. I’m still on my first pair and have more than 1/2 of the second one left to finish – it’s just lingering

    —Carmen on October 2, 2013
  • I’m really wanting to do the toe up sock but I always get stuck in the heel area

    —Dolores Horine on October 10, 2013
  • The first pair I knit was toe up 2 at a time using the magic loop method. The hardest part for me is to pick up the correct loops after the wrap and turn short rows.

    —GrrannyH on October 10, 2013
  • Socks are on the needles for Xmas presents. I have 18 pairs and it has just turned cold here in NJ and I got to wear some this week. Makes you so warm.

    —Liv on October 11, 2013

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