Design Your Socks Around a Versatile Estonian Heel
With Lorilee Beltman
Oct 4, 10am-12pm, CDT
Oct 10, 10am-12pm, CDT
Oct 11, 10am-12pm, CDT
Great fit, handsome lines, and design adaptability make the Estonian heel a winner.
I’m increasingly obsessed with the design skills of Estonian knitters, and I currently have a huge crush on a particular heel gusset design that offers a great fit, handsome lines, and lots of adaptability for design and fit. In this class, sock knitters with some experience will enjoy designing their own sock using this versatile heel. (More timid sock knitters can rely on choices offered in the handout if designing your own sounds daunting.) For other components like the cuff and toe, I offer choices outside of the usual, so that from top to bottom, which is how we will knit these, you’ll have new techniques to try.
There are reasons why this design works well whether your foot is standard, or anything but. Wide ankles and skinny foot? Skinny ankles and wide foot? No problem. We can get these to fit without distortion over the instep.
In Session 1 we discuss the overall design, make a sock plan, and cast on for a cuff. The Estonian Cast On is super stretchy, nifty-looking, and works for a variety of cuff fabrics that might follow. A tidy and stretchy cast on is a Channel Islands Cast On. Have you tried it? Have you ever used it to kick off a k1 x p1 cuff? We will learn both. During our days apart we will work the leg of the sock.
In Session 2 learn the advantages of the Estonian heel pictured. I’ll show three options for increases, two locations for increases, and why to choose which. If your yarn is a self-striper, or an ombre, learn where to continue and where to break your yarn for the best continuous flow. Your homework will be to work the first half of the heel.
In Session 3 learn the simplest short rows ever with decreases in unexpected places. We will conclude with some options for toe shaping, also gleaned form an Estonian knitting book. Once you have worked a pair of these, you’ll find the formulas easy to memorize, adapt, and apply to future designs. I have been swapping traditional flap and gusset designs for this, my new go-to.
Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
Must already be successful making fingering weight socks and be somewhat comfortable following a chart (I’ll help you.)
__Fingering weight sock yarn. Self-striping and ombre yarns are appropriate if you choose a simpler design like stockinette or slipped stitches. If you plan to use more complicated stitch work like lace or cables, choose a solid or semi-solid yarn. Do not choose something so dark in color that it is difficult to work with. 100-120 grams should suffice for a pair for most sizes.
__Needles size US 0 – 2 (2.0 – 3.0 mm) that make your chosen yarn work up nicely to a sturdy sock fabric.
__Magic loop or double points- knitter’s choice.
__A few markers might be helpful as well.