Beginner's Socks Teaching Pattern by Leslie Gonzalez

Beginner's Socks Teaching Pattern

January 2008
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
10 stitches = 2 inches
in stockinette stitch
350 yards (320 m)
finished foot circumference:6 ½”, 8”, 9”
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Hand knit socks have rapidly become a popular knitting project for many of my students. Trying to teach socks over a three week period was a challenge for me. I have found that there are several obsticles that students face when attempting that first pair.

-Working on double pointed needles (DPNs)
-Working on very small needles (sizes 3 and below)
-Working with fine (thin) yarn in multicolors which often obscure dropped or incorrectly knit stitches.
-Working new techniques.

To help students get a “grasp” on the learning process I wrote the following pattern. I’ve eliminated the smaller needles and difficult yarn. The pattern makes a thicker sock made of worsted weight yarn. If worked two at a time, they can easily be made in the three week time slot. Using the worsted weight wool, it is possible to complete the heel, heel turn, and gusset pickup of stitches in a 2 hour class on one sock.

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