I’m already thinking that less is more when it comes to explaining how to make a pair of socks, maybe because I am feeling a little lazy this morning, or maybe less really is more. Anyway here before you in glorious techincolour…I will begin.

You need: A sock knitting pattern – A set of double pointed knitting needles – Wool – Paper – Pen/pencil – Beverage of choice..

Pattern: Make it simple

Double pointed needles: use whatever the pattern asks. If you’ve never used double pointed needles before thicker is better!

Wool: The possibilities are endless

Paper: Tis better to mark your rows off on a piece of paper rather than on the pattern because it gets all confusing.

Pen/Pencil: You cant tick rows without it.

Beverage of choice: If you start with tea you’ll probably end up with vodka anyway so why not start with the vodka, unless of course you’re not of the vodka drinking age.

Although you’ll be working on lots of needles it’s easier to start by casting on to 1 needle and then dividing them on to the other needles.

Divide stitches on to 3 or 4 needles (it’ll tell you how many in the pattern).

Start ribbing. The first 3 rows may be tricky!

How’s it going? Want to give up yet? No, then carry on. Yes, shame on you!  Why not cast off and make a cowl for the man in your life?

It gets cold in the jungle

Now you will need ro knit the tube. I love the next bit because, it’s easy, you only knit knit stitch but it looks like stocking stitch, and if you are knitting with cool patterned wool it’ll start to look cool very soon!

Alternative uses for the tube if you give up….

Cast off now and your barbie doll can have this stunning dress, flattering although a little baggy in the back or, use it as a handy straw dispenser.

Now knit your flappy bit, easy enough, and…the fun is over. This is where things get serious.

1.Shape heel. 2. Pick up stitches on sides and place markers. 3. Decrease stitches to form le gusset.

Now, if you’ve got this far you’ve done the most difficult bit. Do a little dance around which ever room you happen to be in and feel chuffed with yourself. It’s an easy ride to sock heaven now……

Now all that remains is for you to knit the foot bit (size dependant on the size of your foot), according to your instructions.

Free foot with every sock purchased (see inside for details)

Do you have socks appeal?

Show us what you’re made of, or at the very least what your socks are made of. Send us your pictures of your attempts at sock knitting however grand or not they may be. Any sock related questions, ask away We would be happy to show off your glorious sock making contributions. Go on, show us yer socks!

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