Sock knitting made easy

November 18, 2017
By Janina Kallio


Snowberry sock pattern from Woolenberry

Want to banish cold feet? Love the Snowberry socks, but hesitate to cast on for your first pair of socks?

If you have ever knitted a shawl, you can knit a pair of socks! You already know how to increase and decrease, so there’s nothing to worry about. Follow the row-by-row instructions in the pattern and you’ll soon be all warm and cosy in your Snowberry socks.

To get started, pick your yarn. Snowberry socks are designed for sport weight sock yarn, so choose a yarn that has about 160 m / 175 yards per 50 grams and has some nylon in it. The nylon content makes the socks more hard-wearing.

Next, measure your foot circumference (around the middle of your foot) and choose a size that has some negative ease (slightly smaller circumference than your actual foot) for a snug fitting pair of socks. Then, pick your preferred method for knitting small circumferences in the round. This could be using a set of double pointed needles, magic loop or two circular needles. The pattern is written to suit all methods.

Snowberry socks are knitted cuff-down with a heel flap and gusset. The leg, gusset, foot and toe are knitted in the round. The heel flap and heel turn are knitted flat using just the sole stitches and reinforced with slipped stitches. This makes them more durable and also adds visual interest. The entire sock is knitted in one piece, so there’s no seaming involved.

The foot length is determined by your own measurements. You try the sock on as you are knitting it, so it’ll end up being the perfect size for you. The beautiful lace pattern is easy to do and, as with all Woolenberry patterns, it’s written out row-by-row, so your knitting time is sure to be relaxing.

Ready to cast on? See Snowberry socks on Ravelry. Happy knitting!

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