Knitting your first pair of socks is sort of a rite of passage for knitters. Socks can seem a bit fiddly to the uninitiated, but once you complete a pair you'll realize they are SO worth it.
Your sock heel is pretty much the last thing in the world you think about — ever. Except when it's time to knit a pair of socks. That's when sock heels get their revenge. How? By being so freaking hard to knit, at least the first time (or second ... or sixth time). When you're learning how to knit a cuff-down sock, things usually go pretty smoothly, but the pattern can get crazy once you get to the heel.
Hand-knit socks should give you all the feels. They should be pretty, cozy and they should fit you like they were made for you (because, um, they were).
Ashley Little
There are two kinds of sock knitters in the world: Those who swear by double-pointed needles and those who looooove their magic loops.
Ashley Little
Knitting's the gift that keeps on giving, and these seven classes are the proof. Even if you've knit for decades, we PROMISE you'll learn something new and come away more in love with your craft than ever. (If that's even possible.)
Hooray! You finished that sweater. But don't throw it on just yet ... block it first to help it retain its shape as you wear it. (You don't want to end up with droopy sleeves or curled up hems later on!)
Ashley Little
You already know that knitting in the round is a total game-changer when you're stitching up all those fall sweaters. But when you're making something smaller (socks, sleeves, mittens, etc), you're gonna need to work some magic. For real, though! Consider the magic loop method your new best friend.
Andrea Sanchez
Now start knitting your socks toe-up with the two-at-a-time method using Judy's Magic Cast-On. After that, Kate helps you work through toe increases, knitting the foot and making gusset increases.
Complete your toe-up socks by turning the heels and binding off. Kate teaches you how to work in stockinette and ribbing, as well as demonstrating the Russian lace bind-off and the surprisingly stretchy bind-off.
Next, start knitting your top-down socks by casting on using either Kate's preferred long-tail method or the twisted German method. From there, knit the legs, first in ribbing and then in stockinette, and work the heel flaps and gussets.
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