Hello, and welcome to you if you've come to join the Sockalong!
The Sockalong is designed for beginners who've never knitted socks before but have always want to have a go. From choosing yarn and needles to creating tension squares to determine your perfect fit, we're going to work through the whole process of knitting a top (or cuff) down, heel flap sock together - with lots of pictures! If you're already an experienced knitter and fancy joining in, it'll be lovely to have you along - there are no restrictions or entry requirements here other than being able to knit and purl. The rest of it I'll show you as we go along.
These online tutorials will always be free and will always be here for anyone to use, although if you'd prefer the tutorials in paperback or Kindle format you can buy them here.
You can join in with the Sockalong at any time. There's no rush and no time limit. If you've never knitted socks before, follow the tutorials in order so that you have everything that you need to hand before you're ready to cast on. Don't forget that you can ask questions whenever you need to, either through the blog or through social media - the links are below. Good luck, you're going to love your new hand-knitted socks!
All about choosing yarns for your socks - you won't be short of choice!
These tutorials are written for short circulars, DPNs (double pointed needles) and long circulars (magic loop) - this is the tutorial for you if you don't know where to start!
One size doesn't fit all, so you might need to alter the number of stitches that you cast on - this post tells you how to do it!
What else do you need apart from your needles and yarn? A list of other usual accessories, and how to divide your ball of yarn so that your socks will match
Once you understand how a sock is constructed, it's easy to see what the instructions are asking you to do
Get your sock started! Now that you've got everything ready and you've done your tension swatch and worked out how many stitches you need (have a look at the tension tutorial if you haven't done that yet ... J), it's time to get that sock on your needles.
This is the fun part where your sock starts to look like a sock!
The last bit - finishing off your sock and grafting with Kitchener stitch to make beautifully neat, seam-free toes
This is the pattern we're going to be using in the tutorials:
You can find the paperback and ebook versions of the tutorials here so that you can still knit socks when you're offline - they contain the same tutorials as you'll find on the blog, but you can carry them anywhere!
If you're a Facebook user, you can join the Winwick Mum Sockalong group which you will find here - there's plenty of opportunity to post pictures, ask questions and connect with other sock knitters.
There's also a Ravelry group too, which you can find here.
Want a look at our Sockalong successes? Have a look at this blog post and be inspired - you too can have a fabulous pair of socks on your feet!
Finally, if you need some ideas about the resources you're going to need, there are some examples here, although you can of course buy them anywhere!