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This is a good place to start if you're looking for ideas on what you might need to get started with your sock knitting adventures!


Super Socks is the book of the Winwick Mum Sockalong tutorials.  It has exactly the same information in it as the free blog tutorials but is ideal for those who can't or don't want to be online all the time.  It's in 8x10" format which is ideal for propping open, there are pages at the back for making notes and there are lots of photos - just like the online tutorials - but without all the extra blog blurb.

It's available in paperback directly from me through the blog - I'll even sign it for you! - and also in paperback from Amazon, some local yarn shops and in ebook format from Amazon, Nook and Kobo.  

You can find out more about the book and how to buy it in the country that you live in here.



New for 2017!  The Winwick Mum Sockalong pin badge.  Perfect for wearing on jackets, bags and the must-have badge for project bags too!  It's great to wear at festivals and other yarny events too so that you can spot other Sockalongers (and they can spot you!).  Wear on it's own or team up with the teeny tiny socks (free pattern here).  

Find out more about the Sockalong badges here. 



If you need to buy needles, yarn and accessories to get started with the Sockalong, I would always recommend going to your local yarn shop first so that you can actually see what it is that you're buying.  You can find information on yarn and needles in the Sockalong tutorials and there is a good selection here at Magnolia Tree Crafts that you might want to have a look at too.



However, this isn't always possible so here are a selection of items from Amazon to at least get your online shopping started - you may choose to buy elsewhere in the end, but at least you can see here what I would recommend that you look for.

Needles

Short circular needles

My preference is for a 30cm short circular but some people prefer smaller sizes even smaller than that, and of course there's still the choice between wood and metal needles.  You can buy circular needles that are suitable for socks from 20-30cm.  If you're going to be knitting a lot of socks that are less than a 60 stitch cast on, you might want to consider a needle smaller than 30cm as you will find it easier to knit.

            


Double pointed needles (DPNs)

If you're knitting your socks on DPNs then you will obviously need a set of these, but you will also need them if you are using a short circular is it is easier to knit certain sections of the sock.  DPNs come in a variety of lengths and the length you choose is down to personal preference.  My DPNs are 20cm long because that's the length that feels most comfortable in my hand, but you can get 25cm lengths and also shorter ones down to 10cm needles.  Again, they're available in both wood and metal, in various colours and even shapes!

            


Long circular needles

I use an 80cm circular needle for magic loop; if you ever want to try two at a time socks then the ideal size is 100cm.  Circular needles of the size required for knitting socks only come as fixed circulars, unfortunately, so if you have an interchangeable set you will still need to buy the whole tip plus cable combination.

            


Cable needles

You'll need these if you're going to try out the Easy Cable Socks pattern.  There are different types of cable needle but they all do the same job - holding the stitches to the front or back of your work as you knit other stitches first.  It's entirely up to you which sort of cable needle you go for.


            



Other Accessories

Stitch markers

These are really useful for marking the start and end of your round.  They don't have to be anything exotic, even a knotted piece of yarn will work, but these are some examples.

           


Row counters

A piece of paper and a pen works very well, but I like to use a counter like this - because I'm less likely to lose it!


            


Other accessories that you will need are scissors and a tape measure.  You will probably have these around the house already!

             



Sock blockers

Whether you block your socks or not is entirely up to you.  Blocking is the process of soaking and stretching a knitted item so that it shows off the stitches to their best potential.  I don't usually bother as most of my socks get put on straight away and blocking will only last until the socks are washed, but I have to admit that blocked socks do look lovely and very professional if you're giving them as a gift.  You can buy blockers in various sizes to suit the sizes you are knitting, and in both wood and plastic.

     


Finally, if you're going to be buying skeins of sock yarn, you will need to wind them into balls before you can use them.  These last two items fall into the "nice to have" category rather than the "essential" category but I thought I'd show them to you anyway!  You drape your skein over the swift and then use the ball winder to wind the yarn into a ball without any risk of knots or tangles.

           


Finally - my other book!  I originally wrote Your Book, Your Story ... Mermaid Adventure for small daughter to keep her amused on long car journeys.  I used to love this type of book when I was young - you choose what happens all the way through the book so it's not your usual type of story book!  


It's available from Amazon in paperback and for Kindle - you can take a look inside too!

Mermaid Adventure       Mermaid Adventure
paperback                         for Kindle

             



Magnolia Tree Crafts and Amazon will pay me a commission for any purchases through the links on this page. Thank you very much for your support if you choose to buy! xx




8 comments:

  1. Hello! I just saw Attic24's blog post on her socks and ended up here and ordered your book this week. I am just teaching myself to knit and working on dish cloths but would so love to make socks! So - I'm diving in with your help! Cannot wait to get started when I get some time in the next month or so. Thank you so much for all this help!!! I really appreciate it! I wonder if you knew of some good online tutorials you would recommend for knitting in general and also for socks like you show us how to make?

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    1. Hello, it's lovely to see you and thank you for buying the book! If you can knit and purl confidently there's no reason why you can't get started on your socks as soon as you're ready - there are lots of Sockalongers who have made socks as their first projects! I think your best bet for tutorials is probably YouTube although a Google search might help too. There's lots of help in our Facebook group too so you'll always find someone to give you hand if you get stuck. I'm looking forward to seeing your socks! xx

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  2. Same here, hopping over from Attic 24. I've been planning on knitting socks for a while now so am very pleased to find your tutorials. Just wondering if there was a reason why you chose to use the top down method? Do you consider it easier than toe up? Planning on joining in on Facebook.

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    1. Yes, I find that I get a better-fitting sock with top down, Therese. I have tried toe up and I can see why people would like them but I just didn't enjoy knitting them. It'll be lovely to see you in the Facebook group! xx

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  3. Hi Christine. I to found you through Lucy at attic 24 and have caught the bug for knitting socks. I am on my second pair at the moment and quite keen to try knitting some thicker socks. From what I can gather 6 ply is equivalent to Double knit but I see that an 8 ply is also available and wondered if I can still knit either of these using a 30cm circular needle in the appropriate size or whether I would need to go bigger. I would be very grateful for some advice.

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    1. Hi Jill, there is a difference between 6ply and DK (also known as 8ply) yarns but it's marginal. I use 3mm needles for 6ply (there's a pattern for that weight of yarn here on the blog and you can use the Sockalong tutorials as well) and 3.5mm for 8ply. There's really not much in it in terms of the number of stitches that you cast on - 4 or maybe 8 at the most (use the stitch calculation in the tension tutorial to work it out for your feet) and you can use 30cm circulars for both of them. I do! :-) xx

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  4. Thank you for replying so soon that makes everything much clearer. The hard part now is deciding which colour to choose��

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    1. Ah yes - but that's the fun part! :-) xx

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