Mini-Circular Sock Knitting Tutorial

When I mentioned that I use mini-circular needles for knitting my socks, a few of you here on the blog and on Instagram had some questions for me.  I snapped a few pictures as I worked on my socks so that you can see what I do, the method to my madness for knitting socks this way.

NOTE: this is an older post from my original blog.

I plan to update it with new, clearer photographs in 2021.

Why mini-circulars?
In a word: ease.  In another word?  Practicality. 

I live with many small children, including a toddler who is often in my lap.  Fiddling around with magic loop or double-pointed needles just isn’t going to work with chubby little hands eager to grab them.

So, what is a sock loving knitter to do?

For me, mini circular needles have been the answer.

The Method to my Madness

I simply cast on the appropriate number of stitches (I’m a big fan of Susan B. Anderson’s simple sock tutorial) using mini-circular needles, mine are size 1 bamboo circular needles, and then I work on the small circulars until I get to the heel flap.

Once I get to the heel flap I work the stitches for the heel only back and forth using dpn’s (double-pointed needles).

Then, I pick up stitches for the gusset and slide the whole she-bang onto the mini-circular, this time adding stitch markers to indicate where the dpn’s would be, as most sock knitting patterns indicate.

After a quick double-check to make sure my count is right, I knit as usual, following the sock pattern as written until I get to the tippy toes, where I switch back to dpn’s.

That’s it.

Easy, peasy and a lot less fiddly for this mama.
I get to knit socks, the kids get to cuddle.

Everyone is happy.

Also?  Hooray!  First finished object of 2013!

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