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As anyone who has knit socks knows, sock knitting isn’t always a picnic. There are about a gazillion different ways to knit heels and toes. Do you knit toe up or cuff down? Double pointed needles, magic loop, two circulars? One at a time? Two at a time? There are so many options!!! And nearly as many patterns and sock yarns to choose from.
Stages of Sock Knitting
I’m just guessing that I’m not the only one who experiences stages in their sock knitting. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE knitting socks, but they can be a bit frustrating. However, the joy of wearing a pair of hand knit socks far outweighs it all. They feel amazing, they can be knit for YOUR feet, and I mentioned the amazing variety of sock yarn, right? I love sock yarn as much as I love the socks! It’s seriously amazing. But! back to the stages of sock knitting…


1. Excitement. You’re casting on and it’s new! Woohoo! (This stage is short lived.)
2. Will the toe/cuff EVER be finished?!
3. More excitement. Finally starting the pattern. It’s looking so good!!!
4. Am I at the heel YET?!
5. Yay!!! The heel!! (My favorite part. I have started using the Fish Lips Kiss heel and LOVE it!)
6. This leg/instep is taking FOREVER!
7. Hooray!!! Starting the cuff/toe!!! Almost done!!
8. Cuff/toe. For-eh-verrrrrrr. (said in true Sandlot form)
9. Ugh. Bind off/grafting.
10. DONE!!!! It’s finally DONE!!!! Then, if you’re knitting two at a time, “Now what?… Cast on another pair! Knit ALL the socks!!!!” If knitting one at a time, “Waaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!! That sock took forever and now I have to knit the other sock! But this other pattern looks so fun… It wouldn’t hurt to have mismatched socks, right?”
Don’t you just love the yarn I used for these socks?! I used Knit Picks Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn. This particular colorway has been discontinued, but they have several other great ones available.
For those who have knit socks, do you relate or is it just me?


The 10 Stages of Sock Knitting
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The way I handle doing one sock at a time is I actually make two different patterns (4 single socks, 2 pairs) at a time. I do one in one pattern (ex. stockinette) & when I finish that one then I will make one in a different pattern & yarn. This way I am never bored & it is always a new sock.

Casey Carroll

That's a great idea!

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Beverly Tilton

I am very familiar with most of the steps that you outlined. I knit 2-at-a-time so that I don't have 2nd-sock-syndrome. (Looks like I just discovered the hyphen.) One of the steps I repeat frequently throughout the process is untangling the yarn. Whether I am using 2 separate yarn cakes or working from both ends of the same cake, the tangles are step 3, 6, 7, 9 and so on!

Casey Carroll

Yes, that part is very frustrating!

Lisa Aviles

Great tip. I always have socks on the needles, so this idea really works for me. A big thank you!

Casey Carroll

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