Frequent question: What type of needles do you use to knit socks?

There are three main different types of knitting needles you can use to knit socks; a set of double pointed needles, a long circular needle with an 80cm cable, or a small circular needle with a 25cm cable.

Is it easier to knit socks with circular needles?

With the small circular needles, I have to do less adjusting as I move around the circumference of the sock. Less time spent on rearranging stitches means more time spent knitting. … It’s also easier to toss a sock in my purse and go if it’s on tiny circular needles compared to double-pointed needles.

What length circular needles are best for socks?

22 or 30cm (8½ or 12in) are best for small tubes such as socks, mittens or cuffs. It is worth considering however, that very short circular needles will also have shorter than usual needle points which you may not find comfortable to knit with depending on the size of your hands.

What supplies do I need to knit socks?

1. Materials you need to knit a sock

  1. 100-150 grams of a fingering weight sock yarn suitable for needles size 2.5 mm. …
  2. Double-pointed knitting needles size 2.50 mm. …
  3. A tapestry needle and scissors.
  4. Measuring tape.
  5. (optional) A crochet hook 2.00 mm for picking up the stitches for the heel. …
  6. (optional) Stitch markers.
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Can I knit socks with 2 needles?

Easy Socks on 2 Needles

These easy to knit socks are knitted flat on two needles. Seam with a contrasting yarn for a bit of added fun or matching yarn to hide the seam. A variety of patterns are available for women, men, and children.

What is the best wool for knitting socks?

The Best Sock Yarns for Knitting

  1. Patons Kroy Socks Yarn. Made of 75% wool and 25% nylon, this yarn is a quintessential choice for sock-making projects. …
  2. Lion Brand Yarn Sock-Ease Yarn. …
  3. Premier Yarns Mallard Wool-Free Sock Yarn. …
  4. Regia Arne&Carlos Design Line. …
  5. Malabrigo Sock Aniversario.

Can you knit socks on 80cm circular needles?

I use an 80cm circular needle and this makes manageable loops on either side of the knitting. (For those who want to make two-at-a-time socks, you’ll need a bigger cable, say 100cm, but I’m not going talk about those during this sockalong.)

What size needles are best for knitting socks?

The most common size needles for a 4 ply traditional sock are 2.25mm and 2.5mm. Depending on a person’s tension and desired fabric either can be used for a wonderful effect. I am a bit of a tight knitter and tend to choose 2.5mm needles unless I want a quite tight and sturdy sock, then I will use a 2.25mm.

What is the difference between straight and circular knitting needles?

They are needles that have points on both ends. They are used for projects like hats, socks, sleeves, mittens and more. Unlike circular needles you can’t knit flat pieces and you can only knit in the round with dpn. … Straight Needles- Straight or Single Point needles are used for knitting flat pieces.

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How long does it take to knit a pair of socks?

It takes me about two to three weeks to knit an adult male-size pair of socks using fingering yarn and size US 1 needles. With needles in size US 2, they will be finished in about two weeks. Regular adult-sized socks made with worsted yarn and size 4 or 5 needles take me about a week.