Welcome to this sock knitting tutorial where you can see how I knit socks using the magic loop method, knitting one sock or knitting both socks at the same time on one long circular needle.
But before we look at all that, here is a short demonstration of how I make my self stripe socks match!
Here I am going to show you how I knit socks using the Magic Loop. Use this button to see how to knit socks 2-at-a-time.
I am using a 60cm 2.25mm circular needle and the pattern is called Dasher from the ‘Christmas Sock Collection One’ by Winwick Mum. You can use the magic loop method with most sock patterns.
To begin you will need to cast on the required number of stitches. In the pattern Winwick Mum tells you that it is written for casting on using straight needles but that you can join into the round straight away if you wish. I am knitting in the round from the beginning.
You might want to watch the next video before you begin. I am going to show you a way to join the knitting which you may find easier. If you already a sock knitter you may possibly have your own favourite way to do this already. Have a look and see what you think.
The following video will show you how to use the magic loop and knit the cuff of the sock, following the pattern.
Once you’ve knitted the cuff it is, of course, time to move on to knitting the rest of the leg of your sock. If you are following the same pattern as I am I have included information on how to read the chart.
This can often seem daunting but, once you understand how it works, it can be simpler than reading written instructions.
Once the leg is done, you can easily create a heel flap.
When you have the heel flap completed it’s time to turn the heel.
Now I’m going to show you how to pick up the stitches at each side of the heel flap. After that you will need to work decreases to form the gusset which then completes the heel part of the sock.
When the foot is the length that you need it to be you can proceed to work the toe section. One of the benefits of using the Magic Loop as opposed to working on a shorter circular needle, is that there is no need to transfer onto dpns for this.
Finishing off is done using Kitchener stitch as in the following video which is from the sock I knitted on dpns but the method is exactly the same.