The only reason I wanted to learn how to knit was to make socks, but when it came down to actually trying to make a sock I was immediately turned away by the thought of knitting with teeny tiny double pointed needles. They were so small! Not to mention that they had points at both ends so your yarn could completely slip off the needles if you weren’t paying attention. There was no way I was good enough to do that.
Luckily, when I first started to learn to knit socks Cat Borhdi had already popularized the two circular technique for sock knitting. Then Sarah Hauschka figured out how to knit small circumferences on one long circular needle and called it “The Magic Loop” which was popularized in the book that Bev Galeskas wrote explaining it. Now there are teeny-tiny circular needles made for small circumference knitting. There are even books out there that walk you through the process of knitting socks on straight needles, so you don’t even have to worry about knitting in the round if you really hate it that much. Not to mention sock looms if you prefer knitting with a loom instead of with knitting needles.
So, what sort of needles do you need to learn how to knit socks on? Any kind of needles you feel most comfortable with.
That being said, I’m going to walk you through the pros and cons of each technique so you can know what to expect from them.