(Mini) Sock Workshop (Finished)

Skill level: Intermediate
Dates: Saturday 16 Nov, 2 – 5:30 pm (1 sessions, 3.5 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $42 + HST

Learn all you need to know to work classic, top-down socks in one afternoon.  We’ll create miniature socks that illustrate all of the essential sock techniques, but are small enough to complete in a single workshop.  Your finished socks can be used as ornaments.

Techniques covered

In this class, you will create a single miniature sock and learn:

  • long-tail cast-on technique
  • top-down sock architecture
  • how to work a heel flap and turn a heel
  • how to pick up stitches and work a heel gusset
  • how to work a comfortable, no-graft toe
  • how to make a twist-cord
  • how to quickly join yarn with a ‘magic knot’
  • how to measure for fit in a full-size sock
  • how to swatch for a full-size sock, and how to avoid swatching


This class is intended for intermediate knitters. It is suitable for first-time sock knitters with the necessary prerequisite skills.  You should:

  • be able to knit in the round with dpns, OR one long circular using the magic loop technique
  • be comfortable with knit and purl stitches
  • be familiar with left-leaning (ssk or skp) and right-leaning (k2tog) decrease stitches
  • be able to identify simple mistakes and problems in your knitting (such as accidental yarn-overs, dropped or incorrectly mounted stitches)


You will need:

  • Scraps of fingering weight yarn (about 10g total).   Short lengths of multiple leftovers can be joined together for fun ‘Frankensocks’.
  • Set of 5 double-pointed needles, OR one long circular (for magic loop), size 2.25-2.75mm
  • Scissors, darning needle.


There is no homework required to prepare for this workshop.

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