Dip Your Toes Into Options for Starting Toe-up Socks
With Lorilee Beltman
Nov 7 10:00am-12:10pm CST AND Nov 8 10:00am-12:10pm CST
Fans of toe-up sock knitting have many options for starting and shaping the toe section of their socks. In this class we go far beyond the classic wedge toe.
If you are a curious sock-knitter and a fan of toe-up construction, you may be ready to try some toe-shaping techniques that will be new to you. You will have at least a dozen variations to play with. The various shapes include classic wedge, rounded wedge, round toe, star toe, spiral toe, and asymmetrical toe.
While starting with a Turkish Cast-on or Figure-8 Cast-on are options for some of these, learning the Magic Cast-on will be a big advantage when it comes to executing many of our plans. So we will learn it. To accomplish the increases, while M1 is always an option, it isn’t the easiest to execute. Instead you will learn how to use Kfb increases, which are visible and decorative, and lifted increases, which are less visible and quick to do.
Why try these shapes? You may find a more comfortable, longer-wearing toe. You may also find that executing some of these will tickle your brain. Most toe-up sock patterns specify a way to begin and to increase until a certain number of stitches are reached. You will be able to substitute your new favorites. To be clear, this class does not cover all the elements of sock knitting, just toes.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Knitters must be comfortable knitting socks and working in the round on a small circumference. To be straight with you, many of our exercises will work best with, and be demonstrated on one, long, circular needle. Double-pointed needles just won’t work as well for reasons you will understand in class. What you don’t currently know about using a long circular needle will be taught in class. See “Supplies”.
__Yarn: Although most socks are worked with fingering-weight yarn, I recommend (but don’t insist) that students select worsted-weight yarn for class. Demonstrations will be in worsted-weight yarn so that you can see the process easily. About 50 grams of a classic, light-colored yarn will be easy to see and easy to work with.
__Needles: Choose a 32-inch long circular needle in a size appropriate for your yarn choice. If worsted-weight yarn, choose a US 5 – 7 (3.75 – 4.5mm). A 24-inch needle is too short! Your needle tips should be straight and not have an “elbow” in them. As we proceed through class, you will either need to have a few needles, or be willing to take the needles out of your swatch to proceed to the next.
__Stitch markers. You can make your own markers from loops of yarn.