Knit socks, you love ’em or you hate ’em typically you fall to one size. Many times people are discouraged by socks since they will need to use DPNs. There are a few different ways of making socks that you can find one that suits you best. In Knit Socks for those you love by Edie Eckman you will find 11 family-friendly designs to get started with. Take a leap of faith with me and start your first pair of socks today.
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My First Knit Socks:
Before you turn away and say that you will never knit socks know that you can knit your first pair. Even if you have had trouble in the past with wielding a set of DPNs I can help you.
Earlier this year I ran a Knit-along with Red Heart for your first pair of knit socks. There were so many people that joined us and actually completed their first pair of socks. Fingering weight/sock weight yarn can be another part of the challenge when starting your first pair of socks. In the KAL we used worsted weight yarn (Chic Sheep by Marly Bird™) to make it easier to get an understanding of how sock knitting works.
If you aren’t ready to dive into this book start with the KAL to build your confidence. Watch all of the videos to learn the ins and outs of making your first pair of socks.
Inside the Book:
Opening the cover of the book you will see a section about the author, Edie. Edie is a wonderful knit and crochet designer, author and many other things to the fiber industry. Reading to the end of this first section you will see how Edie didn’t let anything hold her back when she knit her first multi-colored intarsia vest. Others might have told her that she couldn’t do it, if she asked, but she went right ahead and did it anyway. The same idea applies to knitting socks. Don’t be afraid of trying something new, find the tools that will help you and jump in.
Within the book you will find that some socks are worked toe-up and others are worked cuff down. Try them both out and find which you like better. Avoid the second sock syndrome by working them both at the same time. Grab two sets of DPNs before you get started and finish your first pair.
After reading through this book your whole family will be able to have a pair of knit socks. With options for men, women and children every age group is covered. Even yoga lovers get a pair of yoga socks to make! All but three pairs of socks in this book use fingering weight/sock weight yarn. I suggest that if you haven’t knit socks before you try one of the DK weigh patterns, or my worsted weight KAL, first so that you have an easier time with the stitches.
Patterns are charted and written out. If you need a little more support with casting on there is a section in the back of the book as well that walks you through cast on and bind off. Everything you need for success is here.
Sandy Locke says
I loved learning to knit socks with your sock KAL. I would love a copy of this book!
Marcia Thomas says
Yes I have knitted 1 pair. Anxious to do another pair. I kept that pair…us usually everything I give away.
Jean Jones says
I’ve either knit or crocheted so many different items but have been afraid of socks! Would love to win this book. Is there someplace I can find the sock knit-along you mentioned here? I may be looking in the wrong places or it may not be available. I’ve never had much luck with using DP needles. THANKS
Luann Wright says
Your sock KAL was the best. Sixth pair on the needles since that. Your instructions were clear and friendly. Don’t be afraid of socks, follow Marly’s step by step and you too will become a proficient sock knitters!
l have Love Edie since I did a cable sampler with her. Her instructions are clear and concise. Yes, I have knitted socks with Marly and have crocheted them too.
The KAL for Marly Bird’s socks was so great! I now find myself reaching for DPNs for all sorts of things not just socks. Five pairs down with three more ‘booked’ before the Festive Season….I may have developed an addiction to DPNs hahahahah
Jordan Wright says
I have heard of Edie Eckman, but have not made anything of her’s. I have been learning to knit with fingering weight yarn, as the lightness and fineness of the stitches and resulting fabric is a beautiful contrast to my usual crocheting with worsted.
Peggy P says
Lol! I’ve tried at least six separate times to knit socks and have failed every time. I desperately want to be able to make socks.
Anne Josephy-Zack says
Edie Eckman is awesome!
I have not yet to knit a pair of socks. I am still a beginner knitter but plan to watch your video to learn how to knit my first pair of socks
Yes and they were for me:)
I love knitting socks. You can never have enough sock patterns!
Chris Lopez says
Looks like a great book! I love knitting socks.
I tried with your sock KAL but couldn’t get it. I will try and keep trying til I get it! 😀
Lisa albert says
Yes, i have made socks. They were for me.
Karen Smith says
I have made many socks, but never for myself. Highland pipers band knee highs are what I have done most. Too fancy for everyday. LOL.
Knitting socks takes me forever! Especially for someone else. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to do it faster.
I have knitted 2 pairs of socks and have 2 more pairs on the needles. They are all for me. My sister had always knitted socks for me. When I saw you were having that knit along on knitting my first pair of socks I knew that I could understand the instructions. My first pair was in worsted weight with that kal. The rest of them are in sock yarn fingering weight on size 1 needles and size 0 for the heels.
Sharon Decker says
Socks are fun to knit. The book looks interesting.
I have knitted a pair of socks that is from My First Socks. I enjoyed knitting those.
Lyn Reames says
I participated in the KAL with Marly Bird. She made socks sooooo easy and took the fear out of it. I made he socks for my daughter and she loved them.
Lucienne Giroux says
I have knitted socks in both fingering and dk. I’ve always enjoyed knitting those. I’m always on the lookout for new patterns to which I noticed you have. They are lovely socks.
Yes, I have knitted numerous pair of socks in my life time but always the same partern – exactly the same you showed in your videos Marly – … it was for myself, my husband and 5 kids. I would love, love, love to make some with a new pattern like the beautiful yellow ones I saw on this page. I am knitting a lot as I have just been diagnosed for breast cancer and knitting is a sort of meditation for me. So yes, I would love to win this book as I am not sure I can afford to buy one. Fingers crossed
Karen D. says
I started to knit my first pair with Marly. Bought the wrong yarn (at least for the first pair). Need to try again for sure!
I started knitting one pair. I never finished because I decided I did not care for the yarn (someone gave it to me as a gift as a project with the needles & pattern) and it was taking forever on the small needles. They looked nice so would probably fit well in different yarn.
Esther G. says
I’ve made 1 pair of socks. I made them for myself since it was my first time but next will be for my daughter. She’s been asking for a pair of pink socks.
Christine H says
Yes, I finished my first pair of knitted socks by following Marly’s Knit-a-long this year. Excited to try more socks soon!
Gina Woodall Kennelly says
I haven’t knit any socks yet. Not comfortable enough yet. I’m mostly a crocheter. But I’m always up for new things.
Cathy Moses says
I started by crocheting socks and now also knit socks. Love to make them. I make for myself and family. Thanks for the giveaway!
Lynnette M Cantrell says
I haven’t yet completed a pair of socks. I got started, and almost done with 1 sock…. Marly has a great tutorial on knitting socks but knitting isn’t yet comfortable for me and I’m gonna keep working on it!
I want to make socks so badly!
Thanks for the opportunity!
I haven’t knit a pair of socks yet. Other projects keeping getting in the way.
Susie Moten says
I haven’t completed a pair of socks yet! But every time I attempt to, I understand a little bit more, so I am not discouraged!
Agatha Timmons says
No I haven’t yet tackled knitting socks. Pure fear is holding me back. But I’m feeling ready to try!
I have made many pairs, I love making socks for family.
Thadis Bostock says
I have just completed a pair of yoga socks using magic loop. It was a very scary but fun experience. I saw the My First Sock Knit A Long with Marly using DPNs . I watched all the episodes. I decided to finish my yoga socks using magic loop first. Then I purchased the yarn and two sets of DPNs and do the Knit-A-Long anyway. Marly was so encouraging that it was a project that could be done.
Vicki Gischia says
The sock tutorial/knit along got me hooked on knitting more socks!
Anda Wolk says
I purchased dpns but am afraid to take the plunge!
The KAL was great for helping with DPNs. I would love this book.
Aida Hartmann says
I was quite hesitant to use double point needles for knitting socks. Actually, I was hesitant to use them for any item that involved casting on stitches and dividing along double point needles! I slways cheated and used two circulars. Then Marly started the KAL – My first socks and strongly suggested we follow along using the dpns. Tried it and haven’t gone back since! It was quite easy and actually finished my socks by following her posts/videos. I now love to knit socks with dpns. This book looks like it would be a great addition to my new library of knitting socks books!