If you have already learnt how to knit a scarf, you may start to think about some other cool knitting projects. For example, you may wonder how to knit socks. At first sight, it seems that it’s very hard to knit socks, but there are some easy projects, which are suitable if you are just a newbie.

Ready? Then, let’s have a look at three how to knit socks for beginners projects, which you will easily bring to life.

  1.  How to Knit Socks on Circular Needles
  2.  How to Knit Socks on a Round Loom
  3.  How to Knit Slipper Socks for Beginner

How to Knit Socks on Circular Needles

socks on circular needles

socks on circular needles

This project will tell you how to knit socks for beginners step by step, using a couple of circular needles. Using the skills from this project, you may also learn how to knit baby socks.

Materials: 2 circular needles (16 inches long each) of size 4, the cotton/elastic yarn.


K – knit

P – purl

Ssk – slip 1 stitch as if to knit, slip 1 stitch as if to knit, insert tip of left-hand needle into the front of those two slipped stitches and knit them together

Sl – slip a stitch as if to purl from the left-hand needle to the right needle without knitting it

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

P2tog – purl 2 stitches together

  1. Cast on 40 stitches on one needle and divide the stitches between two needles. Make the round by exchanging the first cast-on stitch and the last one. Make 12 rounds in K1, P1 pattern. Make the 13th round with K only.
  2. Now, you need to divide the heel. Turn your knitting and purl on the needle, you have worked with. Start knitting back and forth on 20 stitches only. Row 1 is made with SL, P (when it’s done, mark it below with a safety pin in the middle) and the Row 2 is made with SL 1, K1 to the end of the row. Repeat this two rows until you have 23 rows.
  3. Turn the heel, following the instructions:

Row 1: SL 1, K10, Ssk, K1, turn.

Row 2: SL 1, P3, P2tog, P1, turn.

Row 3: SL 1, K4, Ssk, K1, turn.

Row 4: SL 1, P5, P2tog, P1 turn.

Row 5: SL 1, K6, Ssk, K1, turn.

Row 6: SL 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn.

Row 7: SL 1, K8, Ssk, K1, turn.

Row 8: SL 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn.

  1. Join the heel to instep by K12 heel stitches. Using the same needle, pick up 13 stitches along the other side of the heel. Take the instep needle instead of this one and knit across instep. Then, exchange the needles. Using the right tip of the heel needle, pick up 13 stitches along the other side of the heel. Knit in the round across next 6 heel stitches. Place a safety pin to mark the beginning of the round. In the result, you need to have 38 stitches on the heel needle and 20 stitches on the instep needle. Knit one round.
  2. In order to shape the gusset, make 1 round with a heel needle, knitting 3 stitches on its end and later K2tog, K1, (instep needle) knit across 20 instep stitches, (heel needle) K1, Ssk. Knit the second round. Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until each needle has 20 stitches. Knit until you get the desired length (it’s the distance from your toe to the back of heel+ ¼ inch).
  3. Shaping the toe: make the first round with (heel needle) K1, Ssk, knit to within 3 stitches of end, K2tog, K1, (instep needle) K1, Ssk, knit to within 3 stitches of end, K2tog, K1. In such a way, you decrease 4 stitches. Knit the second round. Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until you receive 8 stitches on each needle. Graft the toe together with the Kitchener stitch (link: http://www.redheart.com/learn/articles/how-graft-kitchener-stitch).
  4. Knit the other sock in the same way and get a pair of cool socks, made with your own hands.

How to Knit Socks on a Round Loom

This project shows how to knit tube socks for beginners, using a round loom. I think that round loom is more convenient for sock knitting, but you may also learn how to knit socks on a rectangular loom. One more plus of this project is that you won’t only find out how to knit socks on a loom, but will also learn the basic stitches for other kinds of loom knitting.

Materials: 24 peg round loom, knitting hook, darning needle, yarn and scissors.

  1. Before starting, make a slip knot and attach it to the peg, which is outside of the circle. It will be your “marking peg”. Place the thread under the first peg, bring it around it to wrap it and back under the peg. In such a way, you have made the loop. Now, repeat that for other pegs. Do the same one more time to have 2 loops on each peg. Using a knitting hook, remove the top thread by bringing it over the second line and off the peg. Repeat that for other pegs until all of them have one line. Now, you need to make another second line and hook it over the first loop. Do that until you have a 4 inches piece.
  2. Create the cuff: hook the first set of holes from the bottom of the knitting to the corresponding pegs. In such a way, you connected the bottom of the knitting with the pegs and halved the project. In order to secure the cuff, make another line and hook it over the first loop. Repeat that until you get the necessary length of the sock.
  3. In order to cast off, start with the peg, located on the right from the starter peg. Remove the line from that peg and move it to the starter peg, using a knitting hook. Now, remove the original loop from the starter peg by bringing it over the second line and off the peg. Repeat the process until all the knitting project is removed from the loom.
  4. Leave a tail of about 12-20 inches and cut off the yarn. Thread that tail through the darning needles. With the help of a loop stitch, stitch across the bottom to secure the opening. You are free to make 2 passes if you want. Knit off the last stitch and cut off the unnecessary yarn. That’s it!

How to Knit Slipper Socks for Beginner

Looking for how to knit socks toe up, you may come across the slipper socks projects. We think this is a great idea, especially when you already know how to loom knit socks and do socks knitting on circular needles. Let’s take a closer look at this project.

Materials: knitting needles of size 9 14 inches long (or longer), large eyed needle, 300 yards of yarn.


K – knit

P – purl

  1. You need to divide the yarn into balls, one ball per one slipper. You will make two slippers at a time. Also, knit the slippers with the yarn doubled. Just take two ends of the yarn and start interweaving them, forming a single strand. Before casting on, leave a tail of about 1 foot.
  2. Cast on 29 stitches on one needle and 29 stitches on the same needle, but using the other ball of yarn. Thus, one set of stitches is for one slipper and the other is for the second one. Everything what you will do with the first slipper, you must repeat for the second one.
  3. Make the first set of stitches: K9, P1, K9, P1, K9. Now, you should have the set of stitches for the first slipper on one needle and the set for the second one on the other needle. Repeat the pattern for the second slipper and the both slippers will be on the same needle again. Knit all the way across slipper 2 and then slipper one. Repeat Step 3 23 more times.
  4. Knit the next row all the way across. Now, you see that the row of “V’s” is forming. The middle part of stitches between V’s is the bottom of the slipper. Now, you need to do 24 ridges. As a result, you will get the main part of the slipper of 7 inches long.
  5. Form the toe with the help of the next 8 rows. First, alternate K, P, K, P for all the 29 stitches and after alternate P, K, P, K all the way down. In such a way, you will knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. In the result, you will make stripes of the V stitch.
  6. Now, you need to decrease the number of stitches from 29 to 8. Knit every two stitches together the whole row down. The last stitch will be knitted alone. You will get 15 stitches for each slipper. Repeat the process and you will have 8 stitches for each slipper.
  7. Leave about 2 feet tails for each slipper and cut the rest of yarn. Thread the large eyed needle into the tail and pull off one slipper from the needle, starting from the loops, which are closer to the tail. Pull the yarn through all the loops and pull tight. In such a way, you will make the circle shape. Make sure that the V ridges are on the outside. Make the whip stitch up the slipper and bring two outside edges together. Stitch about 5 inch length, knot it and cut off the excess yarn.
  8. Now, it’s necessary to sew up the back of the slipper, using the tail, you left before casting on. Thread the needle onto this yarn and whip stitch the back edge of the slipper. Sew all the way down after folding the knitting in half in such a way that the two lines of V’s match. Do the same with the other slipper. Now, your slippers are ready.

So what you are waiting for? You already know how to knit socks and are absolutely ready to start the project you like the most. Everything is rather simple if you are attentive and follow all the instructions. Our how to knit socks easy tips will help you in that.

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