7 Best Basic Sock Knitting Books

by Cheryl Moreo

Sock knitting can be intimidating for many knitters, but I find it enjoyable and enchanting. The enchantment occurs when I reach the point of turning the heel.

To encourage more knitters to delve into the world of sock knitting, I have compiled a collection of my most beloved sock knitting books. Rest assured, once you experience the satisfaction of crafting your pair of socks, you’ll be captivated.

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My Favorite Go-to Sock Knitting Books

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I initially intended to compile a list of my top seven sock knitting books. However, upon gathering my collection, I realized I owned 30 books. Consequently, I have condensed the selection to include only seven basic sock knitting books. Please note that these books are not ranked in any specific order.

Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting
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Teach Yourself Visually Sock Knitting by Laura Chau

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Sock Knitting
  • Chau, Laura (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages – 09/09/2008 (Publication Date) – Visual (Publisher)

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
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Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd

Getting Started Knitting Socks , 1 pc (Getting Started series)
  • Interweave Press-Getting Started Knitting Socks
  • Hardcover Book
  • Budd, Ann (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 136 Pages – 08/06/2007 (Publication Date) – Krause Craft (Publisher)

Ann Budd Is A Former Senior Editor of 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 instructions 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, Click On Books, Then Find This Title And Click.

Easy Knitted Socks
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Easy Knitted Socks by Jeanette Trotman 

Easy Knitted Socks: Fun and Fashionable Designs for the Novice Knitter
  • Trotman, Jeanette (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 128 Pages – 03/06/2007 (Publication Date) – St. Martin’s Griffin (Publisher)

Easy Knitted Socks By Jeanette Trotman Includes Felt Boots, Beaded Socks, lace 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.

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To-Up! by Chrissy Gardiner

Toe-Up! Patterns and Worksheets to Whip Your Sock Knitting Into Shape
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Chrissy Gardiner (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 160 Pages – 07/29/2009 (Publication Date) – Sydwillow Press (Publisher)

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

You will be most fortunate if you can get your hands on Toe-Up!

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Toe-Up 2 at a Time Socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes

Toe-Up 2-at-a-Time Socks: Yet Another Revolution in Knitting Two at Once on One Circular Needle! Includes 15 New Sock Patterns
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Morgan-Oakes, Melissa (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 378 Pages – 05/17/2010 (Publication Date) – Storey Publishing, LLC (Publisher)

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

This book is Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ follow-up to knitting two socks at one time on one needle (top-down). 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 
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Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch 

Sensational Knitted Socks
  • Schurch, Charlene (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 96 Pages – 05/30/2024 (Publication Date) – Martingale & Co Inc (Publisher)

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.
  • Learn how to take foot measurements to find the proper size for your sock knitting.
  • Find sock knitting techniques for top-down or toe-up with different heels.

Other Good Reads

Not a Sock Book, but a Good Knitting Book

Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot's Bag of Knitting Tricks
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Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks
  • Gives instructions for knitting harlots bags of K
  • Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages – 03/01/2006 (Publication Date) – Storey Publishing, LLC (Publisher)

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 and chatted with Stephanie on several occasions. I even took a class on learning to hold the needles and knit as she does.

Knitting Abbreviations and Their Meanings

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Last update on 2024-05-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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