Welcome to the start of our #knittinghour sock KAL for beginners! We meet up every Thursday evening at 7:30 for an hour of knitting chat on Twitter and for the next four weeks we will be knitting socks. Please join us and enjoy knitting your first ever pair of socks. You can follow me @KnittyNadia.
Every week I will post the next portion of the pattern so everyone can begin at the same time. You can also send me your email address via Twitter DM if you would prefer to get the pattern in a message instead. Today we start off easy with a simple ribbed cuff and stocking stitch leg.
CO: cast on
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
ssk: slip the first stitch as if to knit, slip the second stitch as if to knit, then slide the left-hand needle into both stitches and knit them together
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
*...*: repeat the pattern as described between the two *
sl1: slip stitch onto the right needle without knitting it
PM: place marker
- 100g 4-ply sock yarn
- 2.25 mm DPNs (or 2 circular needles in size 2.25 mm)/if you only have 2.5 mm at hand, that will do as well
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
- 1 stitch marker to mark the start of a round (optional)
If you haven’t knit in the round before, check out these videos:
Knitting in the round with one circular needle (Magic Loop technique):
CO 60 sts
After casting on 60 stitches, distribute them equally on your needles. Then join them in the round by knitting into what was the first stitch you cast on.
If you like, you can place a stitch marker between first and last stitch so you know where the beginning of the row is.
Be careful not to twist the stitches. You now have a ring of stitches and are ready to knit the ribbing. Woohoo!
*k1, p1* for 15 rounds
Now’s the time to relax a bit. Simply knit on in stocking stitch till the leg is as long as you would like it to be. Usually that’s about 4 – 5 inches or 10 – 15 cm.
If you aren’t entirely new to knitting, feel free to experiment with interesting stitches to add some texture. Search for an online stitch library or browse your knitting books for ideas or just improvise and see what happens.