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Does anyone know of any books or websites that are good for beginning sock knitting? I only know how to knit scarves right now and signed up for a sock knitting class and found it to be too advanced for my level. I had no clue how to work the dpn's (which needle to start knitting with (and off of what needle) once the stiches have been distributed onto the different needles) .......I guess the teacher assumed that everyone would already know how to do this. Needless to say I was quite frustrated but I would like to try to learn on my own, if possible. Thanks so much. (Plus we are supposed to report to the 2nd class with the heel flap done and I don't even know how to do the top part of the sock).


There's a lot of sock knitting information at socknitters.com Many knitters on Ravelry recommend these on-line lessons http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/

I suggest you search sites such as knittinghelp.com for tutorials on how to knit with dpns. Although you have stitches distributed among 3 or 4 needles, you are always just working with 2 needles. One holding the stitches and another one (either the 4th or 5th needle) as the working needle.

If you are working cuff-down, some people will knit a row flat to make the join easier. Just be careful not to twist the cast-on rows when joining and be aware that for the first few rows everything will feel floppy and fiddly. You need to have a worked a half-inch or more of your knitting in order to establish stability among your needles -- it's just the nature of the beast. Some people find it easier to do the first few rounds with the needles resting on a flat surface, or at least partially supposed by a flat surface, such as a table top.

If you are working toe up, the first few rounds may feel tight without a lot of maneuvering room among the needles. Again, just the nature of the beast.

Once you get your knitting established, it is simply a matter of using your empty needle as the working needle. The issues many knitters face is going into a trance and continuing to use the same needle as the working needle after you have worked off all the stitches on one needle. No big deal, just re-distribute stitches if you must, or just keep on knitting. The other issue knitters face to varying degrees is loose stitches in between the dpns -- it's called laddering -- and there are various ways to minimize this. If there is only slight laddering, just let the washing and wearing eventually block it out. If there is a great big ladder, tightening up on the second stitch worked helps, as does actually working a few stitches in to the next dpn so that you keep shifting where the break is in stitches between needles.

As with all things knitting, practice will make this easier.

KT. I went to this website and printed out the instructions for knitting a sock on 4 dpn's. When I was in class I just didn't have any concept of what I was doing and the teacher didn't explain it. I think she just assumed that I knew what I was doing. I appreciate your help and I'll use this tutorial to practice.

Well feel free to post here when you have questions.

Did the flyer/advertisement for this sock class list some expected knitting skills? I know of knitting teachers who have commented that they get students in their classes that do not meet minimum skills and they feel they spend too much time bringing these students up to speed to the detriment of the class. But I can also understand why for someone who picks up new techniques quickly, they may feel that someone with basic knitting skills can learn to use dpns just by watching what other people do.

Because the first few rounds are so fiddly, I think the easiest way to learn is to work a few rounds on an existing piece to get down the concept of how to start with an empty needle, knit off stitches on a holding needle, take what was formerly the holding needle and it becomes the new empty needle to work off stitches on the next holding needle, etc. Once the concept of how to use dpns is established, the knitter is in a better position to soldier on through those first few rounds.

IT is always good to know several ways to accomplish the same end result. For your sock class, if you are already familiar with how to use 2 circulars, or one long circular needle to knit small tubes, try substituting those techniques for your sock so that you can get an idea of how a sock is structured. I knit socks with dpns, two circulars, and one long circular depending upon which of my needles is available and the particular pattern.