Always warm feet, even on cold days. Who would not want that!? So why not knit nice, warm socks yourself? With our knitting instructions you can do this very easily. So far we have kept this very classic and simple for better understanding.
But if you would like to knit different sock patterns, or vary the heel and toe, here is a brief overview of the possibilities. This makes each sock unique! What's better than embroidering your own custom socks?
The cuff of your socks not only ensures an elastic fit, but can also be a decorative element. Here we put together an overview of the most common variants that you can choose from when knitting cuffs.
For the single rib, alternately knit one stitch and purl one stitch.
Twisted single rib
Like the classic single rib, you knit one stitch on the left and one stitch on the right. The special feature here is that you knit the right stitches crossed.
Open single rib
In the first round you alternately knit one stitch and one stitch purl. In the next round you only knit right stitches. Repeat this sequence for the entire cuff. However, the broken single rib is less elastic compared to its relatives mentioned above.
For this pattern you knit two stitches and purl two stitches. This cuff has high elasticity.
Open double rib
Rip two purls
This pattern is very similar to the openwork double rib. Only instead of knitting every other row, you purl them all over.
Three right - one left
The exchange of three right stitches and one left stitch is very simple.
When knitting socks, the heel is the most important part. It determines how well the sock fits. Knitting the heel is the most complicated part of the whole sock for the inexperienced. Think carefully in advance which type of heel you choose. Let's take a closer look at two of the classics with their advantages and disadvantages. By the way, you can knit both sock heels with the circular needle or with the double pointed needles.
The Cap Heel
The cap heel is the absolute classic among heels. You can still find them in almost every standard book on socks.
The cap heel actually always consists of three parts. First you knit the so-called heel wall in rows, then you take off the rectangular cap and finally you pick up stitches again along the heel wall to knit the gusset.
Instead of the rectangular cap you can also choose the wedge-shaped heart heel. In contrast to the cap heel, the heart heel is suitable for rather wide heels.
The cap heel fits very well. The shape of the hat makes it easy to slip on.
Unfortunately, this type of heel is not very suitable for gradient yarns. The heel pattern often does not transition well to the shaft or foot.
The Boomerang Heel
The boomerang heel is an easy-to-knit heel that is quickly finished. You knit this heel with short rows. In contrast to the cap heel, you don't need a gusset, but you have to knit two rounds completely over the whole foot in the middle of your heel.
The boomerang heel is easy to learn. If you don't dare to wear the skullcap yet, this is the perfect alternative. Most people can do this heel very quickly without any instructions.
The individual knitting style is always very important here. The tight instep puts a lot of tension on the double stitches, causing them to come apart slightly and creating small gaps.
I tend to knit loosely, which is why I rarely use this heel. However, there is a way to avoid these gaps.
The Fake boomerang. If you want to avoid short rows, you can always knit two stitches together instead of the double stitch in the first part of the heel. In the second part of the heel, you knit it out of the slant that was formed in this way.
You've almost finished your sock and don't know exactly how you want to knit your sock toe? Everything is possible, from classic ribbon lace to decorative alternatives. When knitting socks, the lace is relatively easy and quick.
The top of the band
The ribbon tip is the classic among the sock tips. The removed stitches run like ribbons down both sides of the foot. The shape is popular with everyone because it is not only quick and easy to knit, but also adapts well to different foot shapes.
The asterisk tip has a rounded edge and does not need any seams. The decreases run in a star shape towards the middle. For this type of lace, divide your stitches into eight equal parts.
If your number of stitches is not divisible by eight, knit stitches together until the number is correct. It is best to work between the blocks with stitch markers.
You knit the entire tip in right stitches. In every second row, the first two stitches of each block of eight are knitted together, which means that you always have eight stitches less on the needle after each round. The lace is finished when there are only eight stitches left on the needles.
Slingshot Star Tip
The slingshot star tip is very decorative. It also works without any seams and works independently of the number of stitches. This tip is a bit more complicated than, for example, the ribbon tip:
- Round: Knit one stitch, purl one stitch, knit stitches up to two stitches before the end of the needle, purl the last two stitches together
- Round: Knit all
- Round: Knit two stitches, purl one stitch, knit stitches up to two stitches before the end of the needle, purl the last two stitches together
- Round: Knit all
- Round: Knit three stitches, purl one stitch, knit stitches up to two stitches before the end of the needle, purl the last two stitches together
The principle should now be clear. In each decrease round, one more right stitch is knitted at the beginning of the needle until the left stitches are directly next to each other on the needle. Now knit rounds and gather the last two stitches of each needle together. When you have only eight stitches left, the lace is finished.
The sock knitting is, as I said, a comprehensive topic. But that's the beauty of it.There are hardly any limits to your imagination Grab one of our socks and get started right away! Everything you need for your socks can be found at Chiemseegarn.