I first became addicted to sock knitting about 10 years ago. At first it seemed kind of scary, but after you overcome the anxiety associated with casting on for your first pair, you will find that knitting socks is such a joyful experience and a gorgeous and comfy pair of socks is the best hand knit out there, in my opinion!
Here are the tools that I find invaluable in my sock knitting. You can buy them all at once, or gradually build your collection as you grow to love knitting socks!
FYI: the links to Craftsy and Amazon below are affiliate links. That means I get a little extra yarn money!
The best thing about sock knitting is that it is so portable! You'll want these blunt tipped scissors in your knitting bag so you never stab yourself when you are reaching in there. Bonus: the TSA lets you fly with this babies!
Why a scale you ask? Because sock yarn usually comes in one big 400+ yard ball, you need to make sure you use no more than half of it in your first sock or you will run out on the second sock = no fun! With the scale, you can weight the yarn ball every now and then while you are working on that first sock to keep an eye on it and make sure you never go below the halfway point. This is particularly useful if you are knitting toe-up socks because you can keep going on the cuff to make it as long as possible - if that's your style.
9. Project BagYou'll want a super cute bag to keep your WIP in, right? I'm a big fan of these wedge style bags with the zippered top and a handle. They are available from lots of sellers on etsy.
10. Darning EggIf you get a hole in your socks, you should try darning them. It's not an easy task, but worth it to save the socks you worked so hard on. There are lots of tutorials on the internet about how to darn socks. Many will suggest using a lightbulb as your darning surface, but I think that is a crazy idea. Just buy a wooden darning egg and don't risk it!
toe-up version of this class as well, if that's your thing.)