Sock Knitting workshop for beginners

Make a small-sized sock with heel flap and flat toe at Nicki's sock knitting workshop for beginners

Sock knitting workshop for beginners

I am running a new workshop for hand-knitting socks. Let me tell you about this workshop.

When does this Sock Knitting workshop take place?

This workshop takes place from 10:00–16:00 on Saturday, 26 March 2022.

Where is the Being Knitterly Studio?

The Being Knitterly Studio is in Loughborough, Leicestershire. I shall send you full details and directions after you have booked.

Why should you come to this workshop?

I love knitting socks – there are so many different sock patterns from simple ones worked in stocking stitch to socks knitted using fancy stitch patterns. You can knit a simple sock to relax or use a sock with a stitch pattern to learn a new technique. You can use mass-produced sock yarns or treat yourself to a beautiful yarn from your favourite hand-dyer. A sock project does not take up much room or need many tools which makes it perfect working on when travelling, whether that is a daily commute or a holiday.

Whether you have never knitted a sock before or you have and want to improve your technique, you will learn lots of tips.

You will have refreshments all day, a home-cooked vegetarian lunch (for all dietary needs), as well as delicious home-baked cake in the afternoon.

How will you learn?

I shall demonstrate techniques, both to groups and individuals. The first few times that you try something new, I will talk you through it while you do it. You will repeat each new technique several times when you work on your project.

What will you learn?

You will learn to:

  • Understand sock construction.
  • Measure feet for hand-knit socks.
  • Knit in the round.
  • Knit a heel flap and a small heel turn.
  • Pick up stitches for the gusset and decrease for the gusset.
  • Knit three different toes.
  • Graft stitches together to finish toes.

We will start by finding out about sock construction by looking at a variety of hand-knit socks. I shall demonstrate the different methods for working a project with a small circumference in the round. I have samples of each method set up, so you can try each method and choose the one you like best.

Knitter holding yarn and needle using the Magic loop method

Next you start your first sock using a 6-ply yarn, which means fewer stitches and therefore less knitting! You will knit your sock starting at the cuff, also known as top-down. After a short ribbed cuff, you will work the leg in stocking stitch, which is easy because you just knit each round. Then, you will make a heel flap and heel turn before picking up stitches for the gusset then decreasing stitches ready for the foot. You work the foot in stocking stitch, so that is easy! Finally, you decrease for the toe and join the remaining stitches by grafting.

Learn how to hold yarn and needle when knitting a sock cuff using five double-pointed needles Make a small-sized sock with heel flap and flat toe at Nicki's Sock Knitting workshop for beginners

Now you can choose between knitting a second small sock or starting an adult-sized sock. If you choose to knit a second small sock, you will probably finish it; if you don’t then you will know how to because it is the same as the first sock. Alternatively, If you choose to start an adult-sized sock, you will use a 4-ply sock yarn (the usual yarn for hand-knit socks) – I shall give you guidance for buying this yarn before the workshop. You will start this sock and have the confidence to continue when you return home.

You will leave with either one finished small sock and a finished or nearly finished second one or one finished small sock and the start of an adult-sized sock.

Make a small-sized sock with heel flap and flat toe at Nicki's Sock Knitting workshop for beginners

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