Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Date: Saturdays, 22 & 29 Feb, 2:00 – 3:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
Instructor: Liane Schwarz
Cost: $48 + HST
This class will show you that making socks is not as difficult as it seems, especially when you’re using short rows to shape your toes and heels. Toe-up socks are ideal for the first-time sock knitter, and great for those who already knit socks, but would like to try a different construction on for size (no pun intended). And best of all is the fact that knitting in this direction allows you to gauge size without yarn shortage anxiety, because you can basically knit until you or your yarn runs out of steam.
- reading a pattern
- provisional cast on
- wrap and turn short rows
- acquainting yourself with the visual cues
- picking up or resolving wrapped stitches
- knitting in the round on double pointed needles
- ladder prevention hints
- Russian bind off (for elasticity)
You should know how to knit and purl, and ideally you will have worked in the round and on double pointed needles once or twice beforehand.
For a trainer sock (recommended for beginners), you will need:
- 200g of superwash worsted weight yarn
- set of double-pointed needles, size 3.75mm
OR for more advanced knitters:
- 100g of sock yarn
- set of double-pointed needles, size 2.5mm
Patterns will be provided
There is no homework required to prepare for the first class.
The class will focus on the construction of the foot (toe and heel), but the demonstration works best if the student is able to knit the portion of the sock between toe and heel as homework between the first and second week. Most of the leg will be knit after the class is completed, but
students will be shown how to cast off loosely before the end of the second class.