You've got a stash full of half and three-quarters skeins of sock yarn, or you've got a DGD who won't wear anything that isn't purple and pink, or you've got a serious fan who needs socks in the team colors, or you've found some luscious yarn in colors you adore but you don't want to have to buy a sweater's worth. So isn't it time you learned to design your own color-patterned socks?
What I want to do in this class is focus on the beginners. You will need to have made socks before, since I won't be covering the basic techniques like how to cast on or how to pick up gusset stitches. But anyone who has a bit of experience can plan a sock from the ground up (where else?) in a simple two-color pattern.
Any weight yarn that you like to knit with will work. I prefer finer yarn because you can do more intricate patterning in a finer gauge, but for a simple design worsted weight is great. Be sure you have double-pointed needles appropriate for the yarn you'll be using. The gauge you'll be aiming for is the one on the label if it's a sock yarn, or a bit tighter if it isn't.
It's better if the yarn you choose has some stretch: wool or acrylic or a blend are fine. Cotton yarn is not stretchy and would not be a good choice for your first attempts at color knitting.
I'll be providing charts for the three patterns shown in the photo of the samples; if you'd rather do something different, look though your pattern books and magazines and be ready to chart your own. I'll help you plan your own design. The simplest pattern (also shown in the gold-and-rust socks) will be the one we'll follow through the class -- but I'll be giving plenty of options to help students go their own way.
See you in class!
Lesson 1: Planning your sock
Yarn selection for color socks
Getting a gauge
Choosing a pattern: two simple charts given
Start your sock
Lesson 3: Planning a Turned Heel
Options for the heel flap
Turning a round heel on an even or odd number of stitches
Lesson 4: Finish the sock
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