Basic Socks on a tiny circular needle: A sock miracle!

I’ve created a gorgeous printable PDF of these instructions along with an original design for Canadian Juliet socks!  Here is the link to find it:
 Stranded patterns available too!
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Here is the link to find them:
Size: Ladies medium
~300 yards fingerling weight sock yarn, pictured in the top photo is Opal sock yarn in colour 625, Winterbild. I also like Cascade Heritage Sock Yarn, it comes in gorgeous colours and is washable.
~US size 1 circular needle, The Addi Turbo 12 inch. Look how it’s constructed to work for knitting socks in the round. Angled needles on a very short flexible cord. Note the cord is only about 5 inches,  it’s 11.5 inches from tip to tip. You won’t find this in any interchangeable sets that I know of. You have to buy the needle separately. I have it in US 1, which works perfectly for standard sock yarn. See photo below.
January 2017 update: Addi no longer makes this needle, I think they are repackaging and calling it an 8″ (CONFUSING).  ChiaGoo has an alternative. ChiaGoo calls it a 9 inch circular. Look for size 1 or 2.
~set of three US size 1 double pointed needles
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches square in St St
Cast on:
Using the tiny circular needle (either Addi if you can find one, or the Chia Goo 9 inch, cast on 60 stitches, join in the round.
Work one inch of k1 p1 ribbing, or whatever cuff you love.
Work in stockinette stitch, or whatever stitch you love for about 7 inches. So easy!!! Just knit continuously in the round. No worries about laddering, no need to fiddle. It’s an absolute JOY to knit on these little needles.
The heel is worked over 30 stitches, the other 30 just stay on your needle while you do this.
~ K15 stitches, turn.
~ purl across 30 stitches, turn
Row 1 ~ *slip 1, knit 1* repeat from * to * across 30 stitches
Row 2 ~ slip 1, purl across
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 30 rows.
Turn the heel:
OMG! I love this part!!
~ knit across 17 stitches, ssk, knit 1, turn
~ slip 1, purl 5, p2tog, purl 1, turn
Row 1 ~ slip 1, knit to one stitch before gap, ssk, knit 1, turn
Row 2 ~ slip 1, purl to one stitch before gap, p2tog, purl 1, turn
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you have worked all heel stitches, 18 stitches remain.
OMG! I hate doing this row. Soldier through it!
1. Knit 9  stitches, place a marker to mark the Centre back as the beginning of the round, knit 9.
2. Take a breath and pick up the 15 long stitches along the side of the heel flap.
3. Pick up one extra stitch, by knitting an extra stitch in the row just below the heel flap. Place a marker.
4. Knit the 30 stitches of the instep. These are the 30 stitches that have been patiently waiting on you needle since before the heel.
5. Place another marker, pick up an extra stitch.
6. Take another breath, and pick up the 15 long stitches along the other side of the heel flap.
7. You know are back in the round!
Gusset Decreases:
Row 1 – Knit to 2 stitches before second marker, k2tog, Slip marker. Knit to the next marker, slip marker, SSK, knit to beginning of round marker (which is the Centre of the heel).
Row 2 – knit  all stitches
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 60 stitches remain. TA DA!
Slip marker, Knit, removing the other two markers as you come to them. Continuing knitting until foot is two inches less than the desired total foot length.
Now you have to abandon the beloved 12inch circular. Sorry. But I have worked out how to finish with 3 double points, not 5. You are about to set up on two double points, 30 stitches on each needle.
You should still have marker indicating the centre to the heel. Knit 15 with your circular as you have been doing.
Using one of your double point needles, knit 30 from the circular, onto the double point.
Using a second double point, knit 30 off the circular.
It will look like this:
ImageRow 1 ~ Using the third needle, knit 1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches from end of first needle, k2tog, knit one
Turn your work around, and knit now off the second needle,
Knit 1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches from end of second needle, k2tog, knit one.
When you move from one needle to the next, be sure to give the yarn a good tug to keep things tight, this is critical!
Row 2 ~ knit all stitches on first needle, turn work, knit all stitches on second needle
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 30 stitches remain.
Repeat Row 1 until 16 stitches remain.
ImageCut yarn and graft toe with Kitchener stitch.
Image My Ravelry patterns have more ideas, and I’m going to be adding more and more in 2018, many inspired by photographs I’ve taken around the world.

125 thoughts on “Basic Socks on a tiny circular needle: A sock miracle!

  1. Hi
    Could you take a picture of the’gap’?
    I am not experienced enough to notice when I get to it. or can you tell me how many stitches till the gap?
    I think I understand your pattern but unsure of this step. Never did socks before.
    Row 1 ~ slip 1, knit to one stitch before gap, ssk, knit 1, turn
    Row 2 ~ slip 1, purl to one stitch before gap, p2tog, purl 1, turn
    I love outrageous, fun colored socks, yours are amazing.
    Thank you

  2. Is this the complete pattern for someone who has never made socks? I am willing to try an easy beginner sock – and have the tiny needles already.

  3. Hello Kelly, just a question about the Basic Socks. It’s my first experience with socks! If I cast on 64 sts instead of 60 I work the Heel on 32 sts but then?? I work the row in the same way with the same number of stitches ro I need a conversion??
    Sorry for my English, I’m writing you from Italy!
    Many thanks! 🙂

  4. Fantastic pattern, many thanks !!! I found it very difficult to find a sock pattern using a circular needle, so this is great. I HATE dpns…. so fiddly !

  5. I just recently picked up my first needle like this and am quite enjoying it. I am tickled to have found this page-thank you! Will you be adding the pattern for the knee-high socks pictured at the end of this pattern? I love knee-highs and yours are adorable.

    • Hi Diane!!! I just cannot imagine knitting socks any other way. I’m so happy people are liking the page. As for the socks pictured, those are just the basic instructions knit a bit higher with self-patterning OPAL sock yarn. No other special instructions.

  6. Julie,

    Just saw your fantastic pattern for the first time. I’ve been knitting socks using the magic loop but this looks much easier. I am petite and only cast on 48 stitches to start. Do you know if I can make a smaller sock using these needles?



    • Hard to say. I think that once cast on and about 4 rows completed, it would be fine. But the first couple of rows would be tight. You could do a few rows with magic loop, then transfer onto the tiny circular.

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