Monday, January 7, 2013

Mini-Circular Sock Knitting Tutorial

Note: this page is going to be updated with new pictures and clearer instructions in the summer of 2019.

When I mentioned that I use mini-circular needles for knitting my socks, a few of you here on the blog and on Instagram had some questions for me.  I snapped a few pictures as I worked on my socks so that you can see what I do, the method to my madness for knitting socks this way.

Why mini-circulars?
In a word: ease.  In another word?  Practicality. 

I live with many small children, including a toddler who is often in my lap.  Fiddling around with magic loop or double-pointed needles just isn't going to work with chubby little hands eager to grab them.

So, what is a sock loving knitter to do?

For me, mini circular needles have been the answer.

Back in August when I started these socks it was sunny and I could knit outside.

The Method to my Madness

I simply cast on the appropriate number of stitches (I'm a big fan of Susan B. Anderson's simple sock tutorial) using mini-circular needles, mine are 9 inch circulars, and then I work on the small circulars until I get to the heel flap.

Once I get to the heel flap I work the stitches for the heel only back and forth using dpn's (double-pointed needles).

Then, I pick up stitches for the gusset and slide the whole she-bang onto the mini-circular, this time adding stitch markers to indicate where the dpn's would be normally.

("Normal" being those of you who are probably not knitting with a sleeping baby or wiggling toddler in your lap).

After a quick double-check to make sure my count is right, I knit as usual, following the sock pattern as written until I get to the tippy toes, where I switch back to dpn's.

That's it.

Laying on my back to scare the neighbors take pictures of my socks in the snow.

Easy, peasy and a lot less fiddly for this mama.
I get to knit socks, the kids get to cuddle.

Everyone is happy.

Also?  Hooray!  First finished object of 2013!

I purchased my 9 inch circulars needles from Amazon, but I've also heard that you can get them from The Loopy Ewe. I bet if you ask at your local yarn store they can hook you right up!

I have used an Amazon affiliate link in this post. If you make a purchase using my link I do receive some income. Thank you!

Please note that I personally purchased the yarn and needles I used to make this project. The pattern is free. This is not a sponsored or a gifted post.