To be quite honest, until recently I never really got into knitting socks. There were just so many other things I wanted to knit, I don't wear socks that much and couldn't see the sense in knitting them when I can pick up a pair of socks from my local supermarket for less than the cost of the wool!
So there you have it. I can be wrong on occasion!
Over the last few months I have been setting up my new store and part of that has been starting a collection of 'how to' knitting dvds as a resource for customers and students. Of course, if you are going to recommend dvd's to others, you really need to watch them yourself!
One of the dvd's was Knitting Korner: Sock I, How to Knit Socks on Two Circular Needles and I was hooked.
Within days I had knitted several adult sized socks and then moved on to no seam baby socks.
So I now understand why so many of you ask me about knitting socks!
While I don't have any free sock patterns for you, in my frenzy to experience all things socks, I did find quite a few great patterns online.
Knitting Pattern Central has a large selection of sock patterns, just go to the homepage and enter 'socks' into the search box.
Most sock patterns are written for making socks using double pointed needles. The end result is seamless as the socks are knitted as a tube with shaping at the heel and the toe.
This is the method I prefer, it takes a while to feel comfortable knitting with two circular needles but you do find a kind rhythm after a while. The bigger your socks are the easier it is to manage your circular needles, but I also find them so much easier to use on very small items than a set of double pointed needles.