Sock Knitting 101:
Knitting socks for Beginners

Socks are portable, quick to knit, and infinitely customizable!

It’s easier than it looks. We’ll show you how.

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HD Video Lessons
Practice Project Pattern(s)**


Real Men Knit

Johnny Vasquez

After deciding he wanted to learn how to knit a sweater, Johnny fell in love with the fiber arts. He started New Stitch a Day as a way to improve his skills. More than 700 videos later, he has helped thousands of knitters and crocheters around the world take their craft to the next level.

Category: knitting, socks

* Academy Members have access for the duration of their membership

** May be variations of the same pattern

1How to Knit the Alternating Cable Cast On
2How to Knit a Cuff
3How to Knit the Leg
4How to Knit the Heel Flap
5How to do the Turn Heel
6How to Knit the Gusset
7How to Knit the Foot
8How to Knit the Toe
9How to Knit the Kitchener Stitch

Socks are considered by many to be the perfect knitting project. They’re portable, quick, and have infinite design possibilities. If you like knitting lace, cables, or just plain stockinette, you can do them all with socks!

In this online video class, knitting instructor Johnny Vasquez explains the basics of knitting socks from beginning to end. Whether you’re a brand new knitter or a pro who just hasn’t tried socks, there’s something for everyone.

What You’ll Learn in This Class

  • The basic components of sock construction
  • How to choose the right yarn for your project
  • The different types of sock knitting
  • and much, much more . . .

Skills You Should Know Before Taking this Class

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This bonus pattern is included with purchase of this class

Bitsy Baby Sock

Skill Level Easy

1 Skein Ewe Ewe Wooly Worsted
Colors Used: Pink

One set size US 8 knitting needles

Darning or tapestry needle

Gauge 5sts per inch in stockinette stitch

Foot length 3in, Foot Circumference 5.25in, 8in. Height 4.5in

Lazy Days Simple Socks

Skill Level Easy

1 Skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted (
Colors Used:
Rich Royal Purple or 1 ball of worsted weight yarn

One set size US 6 knitting needles

Darning or tapestry needle

Gauge 5.5sts per inch in stockinette stitch

9.5in foot length, 8.5 in foot circumference, 8in height

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Mar 01, 2014 by Heather

Enjoying this class. I have gotten over my fear of using DPN's. I now have a matching booties to match the baby beanie I just made. What brand are the red DPN's you are using in the video tutorials?

Response: They are Kollage Square DPNs made for the Stitch Red Campaign

Sock 102

Jul 31, 2013 by Judy Rappin

DP are no longer in my nightmares.
Socks will be a snap.
Perfect speed for me. Actually kept up.
Looking forward to YA video with the extra goodies.
Thanks for keeping my knitting life sane.

Judy Rappin

Jul 31, 2013 by Mary Krajniak

I\'ve been patiently waiting for a sock class, and you haven\'t disappointed.
Great Job! Keep socking it to us!

Socks made simple

Jul 31, 2013 by Pam Raikos

There are a number of special things you have to know how to do to knit a sock, and this class covers all the basic ones from knitting the ribbed band to turning a heel, creating a gusset, picking up stitches, and finishing the toe. "Sock Knitting 101" is exactly the right name for this class, because it takes you through knitting an entire sock sized for a baby so that you can understand each of these special tasks.

Johnny brings his usual engaging instructional approach and shows you how to do all of these tasks very clearly, and he does not just show you the how-to's and leave you to knit the sock on your own. He takes you through every stitch of your sample sock, so there is nothing you have to figure out for yourself. Purchasing the class gets you the pattern for the baby sock as well as an adult-sized pattern so you can knit socks for yourself.

I remember learning some of these techniques by reading a book, and I can tell you they are much, much easier when you have an instructor actually showing you how to do them. I’ve been told that handknitted socks are so comfortable that they can become an addiction. I’m about to find out for myself!

Sock Knitting 101

Jul 31, 2013 by Florence Lohnes

Excellent demonstration on how socks are knit. Also, a good demonstration on how to knit using double pointed needles. These are both skills I have been hesitant to attempt.
Now I can see myself knitting socks and using double pointed needles to do it. But I think I will have to buy the class as I am certain I will need it for reference.

Sock knitting 101

Jul 31, 2013 by Barbara Shearer

Very impressed with the class. I have never made socks and Johnny made it easier than I thought it would be. I will try making socks now, before the class I didn't think I could make them. Thanks, Johnny these classes are so appreciated you are a wonderful teacher.

Socks 101 Was a HIT!

Jul 31, 2013 by Eula Gary

Presented very well; explained along the way. Made me even more anxious to begin knitting socks.
Thanks so much!! Looking forward to other knitting projects. Getting out of the box of doing dishcloths, afghans, etc. and on to bigger and more involved projects!


Jul 31, 2013 by Linda

Fantastic class. Johnny is a great instructor. I always learn something new. Thanks

Awesome Sock Class

Jul 31, 2013 by Andrea Craig

What a fabulous class! I had never used DPN's, used this particular cast on or done the Kitchener stitch. Was able to keep up easily once I got used to the needles. HIGHLY recommend the class.

Sock class I

Jul 31, 2013 by Sue Joyce Tn

This was a great class. I'm sure it's a class I'll go over and over as an academy member. Thanks so much for your wonderful teaching methods and the way you make the classes so much fun :)

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