Sockalong Shop

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!

Fancy knitting teeny tiny socks of your own?  Find the free pattern 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.

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.


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!

New to the market are the Addi CrasyTrio needles - a cross between DPNs and circular needles which suit some people extremely well because they are more flexible.  They're called FlexiFlips in the United States.


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.


And to finish ...


  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?

    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

  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.

    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

  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.

    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

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

  5. Hi Christine - I too have been visiting our bluebell wood today very uplifting its quite a good wee world we live in. I am trying to download your kitchener stitch guide but can only see the pop up where you sign up for newsletter but as already am don't want to duplicate. I've looked in the printables but no luck. What to do?

    1. Hello! Sorry to be a bit late in replying ... if you're already on the mailing list then you'll have had a copy of the guide sent to you already as I made sure that nobody would miss out. Have you checked your spam folder in case it's gone in there as I've changed mailing system? Try that first, and if that doesn't work I'll check your email address against the records and see what might have happened to it - you can email me at winwickmum (at) gmail (dot) com


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