Links and Resources for Sock Knitters

The Knit-alongs for Simply Sockupied have been full of great information, whether it’s specific advice for a particular question or suggestions on where to look for help. If you want to learn to knit socks, check out these 12 resources for sock knitting happiness.

Great Starts!

Designer Ann Budd and Knitscene assistant editor Amy Palmer both swear by the Old Norwegian Cast-on for socks (also known as the Twisted German Cast-on). It’s stretchy but not hard to work and makes a great sock cuff.

Knitting Daily editor Kathleen Cubley gives written directions, illustrations, plus a video, as part of her Crazy for Cast-ons series.

Several of our KALers also liked the helpful video lesson by Knit Purl Hunter or the video tutorial from Very Pink.

Old Norwegian Cast-on

Needles Every Which Way

Learning to knit socks with the Magic Loop method has been an adventure for a number of knitters. Eunny Jang demonstrates this method (along with two other ways of knitting on circular needles) in Episode 701 of Knitting Daily TV. (If one circular needle isn’t enough, Cat Bordhi demonstrates her technique for knitting socks on two circular needles in Episode 510.) And Kathleen posted her own tutorial for working the “magical magic loop.”

Very Pink came in handy again with a series of seven videos on knitting socks with Magic Loop.

And knitters who prefer to knit socks on dpns (the old-fashioned, tried and true way!) got some help from a video by Dorret Conway.

A Misstep? No Problem!

Kathleen Cubley ‘fessed up to working a stitch or two incorrectly during some knitting fun time, and she posted a video on how to unknit—or tink (which is knit spelled backward…). And Very Pink (sensing a trend!) has a tinking video, too.

A Fine Finish

If you've gotten all the way to the toe but can't quite figure out the Kitchener stitch to finish it, maybe one of these videos will help. Way back in Episode 208 of Knitting Daily TV, Jan Gratz of demonstrated grafting a toe—and the video is available for free on the InterweaveVideos YouTube channel. has its own Kitchener stitch tutorial, too.


Thanks to the great participants of the Simply Sockupied Knit-along for their great finds. It’s not too late to join in and knit your first (or next) pair of socks!


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