Sunday, August 18, 2013

Custom sock knitting chart

I worked up this little chart over the week for a seminar I'm teaching at the shop, and thought I should share. There are so many techniques for sock knitting, I just wanted to get them all organized into one place. I was really inspired by this great Ravelry collection of heels, which also has been making the Pinterest circuit, but I've made the additions of toes, and made the chart so you can follow which 'direction' you're making your socks (with cast ons and bind offs).

I have found a really deep love of knitting socks and all through September we're focusing on socks in the shop - we're calling it 'Socktember' - the chart is to make into a poster that will help guide us through our custom sock-knitting seminar. Other events for the month include the launch of an in-shop contest, and a Magic Loop, Two-at-a-Time sock class! It's going to be absolutely fantastic.

Below the chart is a full list of each of the techniques mentioned, with links (or links to books) where they are mentioned. The only thing I expect you to know yourself is how to increase and decrease to 'shape' the legs and arches of your socks (and the chart gives you a little guidance on the latter.) Have fun making your own custom socks! I will take a photo of the poster after I have it printed, too.

Socktember Chart

I have tried to cite the original sources or at least find really good sources for these materials - however, if the source material is a book, the individual technique is also found online by using Google!

Judy's Magic Cast On (originally featured in Knitty)
Figure 8 Cast On (video with Marlene Dysert)
Short Row Toe (featured in Knitty)
Easy Toe (featured in Knitty)

Jeny's Super Stretchy Cast On (video with Jeny Staiman)
1 x 1 Tubular Cast On (with Ysolda)
Twisted Long-Tail Cast On (video with Knit Purl Hunter)

Gibson Heel (Judy Gibson's pattern 'You're Putting Me On')
Toe-Up Dutch Heel (Denise Powell online lessons)
Toe-Up Round Heel (Alice Bell free tutorial)
Welsh Heel (from Nancy Bush's 'Folk Socks')
Band Heel (a simple, generic approach on Criminy Jickets)
Common Flap Heel (used in pretty much every sock pattern ever)
Afterthought Heel (from The Yarn Harlot, originally from E. Zimmermann)
Short Row Heel (there are many, but Cosmicpluto's is a favorite)
Sweet Tomato Heel (video with Cat Bordhi)
Hourglass Heel (Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook)

Heel-Out Socks (there are a few diff. methods. I love this Hat Heel sock from Knitty!)

Kitchner Stitch (make it easier with Jenny's Easy Graft!)
Jeny's Super Stretchy Bind Off (from Knitty)
EZ's Sewn Bind Off (Knitting Without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann)


  1. Wow...this is amazing!! What a lot of effort here & so easy to follow!!

  2. What a wonderful resource ~ thanks so much for posting this.

  3. Great Resource & Ideas! Would love to see it in a long "card" style laminated to keep in my knitting bag with my socks! Any chance of it being available that way? Could we buy the poster?

  4. lovely chart/resource! great info & beautifully presented.

  5. I 2nd the motion for a laminated card-style version! This diagram is a wonderful starting point for beginner sock knitters like myself. I am now systematically learning about every technique listed. Thank you for making me aware of the many possibilites! :)

  6. Thank you! Then thank you again. Excited to try it out.


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