Spinning Sock Yarn


History of Socks, Knitting, and Textile Technology
A Brief History of British Socks
Knitting History 101
Victoria and Albert Museum Online Collection

Self-Striping Handspun Yarn Superwash BFL

Self-Striping Handspun Yarn
Superwash BFL

Spinning yarn for socks
Tips for spinning consistent singles
Spinning Great Sock Yarn
Spinning for Socks
Abby Franquemont Discusses the Whys and Hows of Spinning for Socks
Abby Franquemont’s post on Colour in spinning
10-Part Tutorial

Patterns and Techniques for Toe-up socks available online
Judy’s Magic Cast-on
David’s toe Up Sock Cookbook
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off
Resolable Socks

Dyed Wool

Dyed Wool

Handspun Socks Around the World Wide Web
Renee’s blog featuring lots of beautiful handspun socks, mostly 3-ply
Yarn Harlot’s handspun socks
Handspun Sock Obsession
Handspun Socks with an Afterthought Heel


Discussions and Study Group Posts
Spinners’ study group discussion of spinning for socks
Discussion of 2-ply and N-ply for socks
Handspun socks in extreme conditions
Working with Falkland Wool
Opposing Ply yarn spun from Dorset Horn


Anderson, Sarah. The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs: Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns. North Adams, MA: Storey, 2012. Print. Great Sock Yarn Experiment: pp. 89-91, page 129, page 161 Available at the Austin Public Library (APL)

Field, Anne. Learn to Spin with Anne Field: Spinning Basics. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square, 2011. Print.  pp. 129-136.  Sock pattern on page 136, knitted with 100% mohair. APL

Smith, Beth. The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose. North Adams, MA: Storey, 2014. Print. Page 85: Elastic Sock Yarn from Fine Wools APL

Bush, Nancy. Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear. Loveland, CO: Interweave, 1994. Print. APL   Gauge

Johnson, Wendy D. Socks from the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits. New York: Potter Craft, 2009. Print. APL  Gauge

Anna Zilboorg Books:  Simply Socks:  45 Traditional Turkish Designs and Fancy Feet:  Traditional Knitting Patterns of Turkey

A Midwife’s Tale on PBS, at APL
A Midwife’s Tale Book
Gran Hotel;   Grand Hotel in English