7 Easy Ways to Knit Socks with Circular Needles
Do you ever think that knitting socks with circular needles is very difficult? Just think of it in a different way. Knitting socks using sets of circular needles is moderately easy and only requires some knowledge and skills of knitting. There are plenty of ways to get socks on your feet and they might even be faster because you can knit two socks at a time if you like.
This article is a about a simple tube sock that explains you how to knit on two circular needles. It includes how to measure for a pattern, determine the correct gauge and how to join rounds on two sets of circular needles.
Here is a step by step guide that will help you knit socks with circular needles:
First step is to gather all of your materials to use such as 2 circular needles, needle markers, yarn, and select what needles you want to use. You can actually choose from 16’’ to 29’’ which are proven best in circular knitting projects especially knitting with socks.
Determine the length of the foot which is from toe to heel is the second step. You need to keep in mind the measurement from the heel to the end of your ankle. Then measure the calf around your toes and around your instep. Mark all the measurement at each point and illustrate an image of a foot.
The third step is you start on cast on process. It is just like your normal cast on and take note on the required number of stiches. Then you need to join two edges from the two sets of circular knitting needles with the non- working needle hangs down with the work in the middle. So at this moment your stitches will not slide off. You can then begin to knit with your working stitches then shove them to the center of your circulars. Lift up the other side at the combination part of the stitches and then work on that side. Eventually, you can repeat the steps; push your stitches to the center then return to work on the other side of the needle. This is actually the process of making rounds.
The fourth step is to cast on 12 inches stitches on one of your circular knitting needle. You need to knit 12 rows first and start to cast off. You need to determine how many stitches and how many rows will equal to 1 inch to provide your measurement gauge. Take note your foot diagram number and multiply the width of the stitch number and the length of the row number to give you how many stitches to cast on where you need to increase and this will also determine the starting to the end point of the sock tube.
The fifth step will tell you the simplified pace to knit on a seven stitches. For instance, you use seven stitches and this will actually increase to the width of the toes each row from the toe. Begin to cast on seven stitches with the working circular needle. Move four stitches to the other circular needle. The next thing you need to do is to transfer all the stitches to end of the circular needle to let the lead yarn to be orderly placed.
Moving on the stitches on the other side of the circular knitting needle is the sixth step. You then knit along one stitch and put a mark on it and knit the residual stitches. Your stitch increases are completed with the stitch marker that you mark awhile ago. So now, you have one marker and two stitches. You can then do this process on the other circular needle and knit towards the marker. Lift up the last knitted stitch and move it to the left circular needle then knit it again. Repeat this step to the next stitch to make four stitches linking the markers. Then knit along the end of the row. Afterwards, make another increase, get your circular needle and knit until the marker, move it over again and lift up the residual stitch located below. Then you will knit into place and just before the other marker. Just continue making increases until you get the equal gauge to go with the measurement of your foot.
Keeping on the increases is the seventh and the last step. This will include the increases done at the ankle or calf. You then will need to knit the preferred row numbers until you reach the cuff. By doing this, you need to knit two stitches then purl the two stitches along with the width in order for the number of rows to finish a 2 ½ inch cuff. Moisten the sock and stitch the toe opening shut. That’s the end of the step and you can now repeat the 7 steps on your second sock.
The biggest benefit to knitting socks on two circular needles is the stability of the work. The needles do not slide out to the stitches the way double-pointed needles tend to do. This makes a sock makes a sock project very portable and easy to try on as the work progresses.
Now, grab your circular needle sets and yarns and start knitting with good quality pair of socks!