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7 Best Basic Sock Knitting Books

Many knitters fear sock knitting. To me, sock knitting is fun and magical. The magical part happens when I am turning a heel.

I am creating this list of my favorite sock knitting books, hoping that more knitters will learn to knit socks. Trust me; once you knit a pair of socks, you will be hooked.

My Favorite Go-to Sock Knitting Books

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When I first sat down to write this post, I thought I would list my seven favorite sock knitting books. Then, I went to pull my sock knitting books and found that I have 30 sock knitting books. So, I have narrowed it down to the 7 Best Basic Sock Knitting Books. I did not list them in any particular order.

Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting by Laura Chau is a book for those new to sock knitting. It is a step-by-step guide from understanding yarns, working with double-point needles, using two circular needles, or one long circular needle, and troubleshooting mistakes. The knitting techniques are clearly explained with pictures showing each step. Learn to knit top-down socks, flat socks, or toe-up socks. Also included are many pattern stitches for socks.

There is an errata sheet for this book.


Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd is a book for the new sock knitter.

Ann Budd is a former Senior Editor Interweave Knits and the author of many knitting books. In this book, Ann takes you from casting on stitches for the leg to working the kitchener stitch at the toe. Each step is broken down and clearly illustrated. This book has 16 sock patterns. She provides instruction on knitting socks in the round using four double-pointed needles, five-double pointed needles, one very short circular needle, two circular needles, or one long circular needle.

There is an Errata zip file. Follow this link, go down the list and click on Books, and then find this title and click.


Easy Knitted Socks by Jeanette Trotman has felted boots, beaded socks, lacy socks, Fair Isle socks, tubular socks, bobby socks, baby bootees, legwarmers, slippers, and stockings. All techniques are explained step-by-step. There are 20 quick and easy projects for all ages.


To-Up! by Chrissy Gardiner has patterns and worksheets to enable you to get your sock knitting into shape.

“A veritable toe-up masterclass complete with helpful worksheets, well-illustrated technique tutorials, and 15 fresh and varied patterns from someone who is truly passionate about socks.”

– Clara Parkes, KnittersReview.com, author of The Knitter’s Book of Yarn and The Knitter’s Book of Wool

If you can get your hands on Toe-Up!, you will be most fortunate.


In this book, Melissa Morgan-Oakes reveals The Secret of Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle Works for any Sock Pattern!

This is Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ follow-up to knitting two socks at one time on one needle (top-down). Now she takes you through all the learning steps to knit two socks from the toe-up on one needle. There are 15 designs.


Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch is a must-have book. The book helps you choose any yarn, gauge, stitch pattern, and size.

  • There are nearly 1,000 variations.
  • There are ten basic designs and loads of stitch patterns.
  • You can use knitting needles sizes 2, 4,or 5.
  • Choose your favorite method of sock knitting: 4 or 5 double points or two circular needles.
  • Learn sock anatomy.
  • How to take foot measurements to find the proper size for your sock knitting.
  • Knitting techniques for top-down or toe-up with different heels.

Not a Sock Book, but a Really Good Knitting Book

Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks by the Yarn Harlot (Stephanie Pearl-McPhee) is a good read. Starting on page 131, you can find Sock Recipe: A Good, Plain Sock. I have met chatted with Stephanie on several occasions. I even took a class on learning to hold the needles and knit as she does.



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