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Toe Up Socks from Measurements

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Socks are a handy small project to take along in the summer weeks, easy to pack and fun to work on. Working from measurements allows you to make socks that actually fit anyone you wish! If you already make socks from the cuff-down, learning to knit them in the other direction is the perfect summer class. If you are new to sock knitting, you’ll enjoy learning how socks materialize, learn how to use custom measurements, and acquire a few shaping techniques for the future. Some of the benefits to working from the toe-up include: not fussing with a Kitchener Stitch toe, no worries about running out of yarn partway through the second sock, trying them on and making adjustments as you go, and making them as tall as your yarn will go without leftover bits of yarn. Techniques learned include a simplified provisional cast-on, mirror increases, an increase heel turn, and working from measurements. Participants will make a whole pair of socks in this class, and should be comfortable using double pointed needles. This class is not designed to use circular needles.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Beth Altimari
Date: Mondays, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11; 2014
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Materials Required:

  • PLEASE choose a sport weight, DK weight, or worsted weight yarn for this class, and needles as below. Techniques will be easier to complete and take less time than when using fingering or sock weight yarns.
  • 3-4 yards of firm cotton yarn or string, the same weight as your yarn
  • A crochet hook sized to match your yarn
  • You will also need a few stitch markers, stitch holders, a calculator, and your Knitting Tool Kit
  • APPROX. YARDAGE: Women: Sport/DK 350 yards, Worsted 300 yards; Men: Sport/DK 400 yards, Worsted 300 yards
  • NEEDLES: One (or two) set(s) of double pointed needles in the size that you decide upon after making a gauge swatch in the round (see Homework below). For a denser sock fabric you may want to use a needle sized smaller than recommended on the yarn label. 
  • We will be working both socks in tandem for each step, completing both toes before moving on to the feet, heels, and so on. You may use 2 sets of needles, or place one sock on holders while working the other sock. In the end you will have a pair! 

Make a gauge swatch. This pattern is based on the gauge you choose in stockinette stitch; while making your gauge swatch in a fabric density you like for socks, you are not matching a gauge to a pattern. It is important to make your swatch "in the round", either on dpns or as an I-Cord Gauge Swatch,  using about 30 stitches in Stockinette Stitch. After working your swatch for 3-4 inches in height, lie the piece flattened and measure in 3 or 4 different places. With an I-Cord Swatch, be sure the stands are not lumping up underneath and interfering with accurate measurement. If your fabric is too loose or tight for a sock, switch onto larger or smaller needles and continue your swatch for another 2 inches, etc., marking where your needle size changed, until you get a fabric you like for a sock. Then measure your gauge accurately in a few places, and include any fractions of a stitch. Please bring this swatch to class.

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