I finally finished my first pair of socks and am ready for even more. The class I took: My First Socks, was absolutely fantastic for learning how to knit a basic pair of socks. The instructions were very clear and showed common pitfalls and why things were done. The first pair is in worsted weight yarn so you can see all the stitches you are making. The class also included a pattern for a sock weight yarn pair that I’m working on next.
Now that I’ve finished these, I want to learn a new technique, but I can’t decide which one. So, I’m asking you guys to help me out by voting. What do you think I should learn next? Or what would you like to hear about? If you’ve ever wanted to knit socks, what would you want to learn?
My choices are below. I pay for all these classes myself, so consider that as well when choosing for me. If you happen to try one of these classes, these links will give me a little bit a moola that I’ll use to help me pay for my classes, so be sure to sign up if you are interested.
I did sign up for the class below already. It is a free knit along and has the same instructor from my first socks class. She was a great teacher and I think this class will be just as fabulous.
Let instructor Lucy Neatby guide you to sock-cess! In this one-of-a-kind knit-along, you’ll receive two new lessons and a new design each month, so you can knit your way through three exciting knitted sock patterns. Start with the smocked Guernsey sock, as you learn how to work from cuff down, create a sturdy slip-stitch heel and work a toe chimney. Then, move on to the toe-up Serpentine sock, where you’ll knit beautiful cable patterning, the garter short row heel and even a nifty I-cord cuff. Want a project with a little more color? You’ll complete your knit-along with the Windowpane sock, as Lucy teaches you how to work a double-thick cuff, a two-color slip-stitch leg and the swirly star toe.
Master the traditional method of knitting socks with expert knitter and author Donna Druchunas. Donna guides you through sock fitting, heel shaping and stitch pattern choices. You’ll learn to use three different needle types (double-pointed needles, two circular needles or the magic loop). Even super-experienced sock knitters will discover inspired variations on heels and toes, stitches, yarns, needles and colors. Whether you customize the universal pattern, or tackle one of Donna’s three bonus sock designs, you will love the results.
Embrace the time-tested method of toe-up knitting! Join popular instructor Donna Druchunas, and learn how to create your own seamless sock design by mixing and matching different features. Start class by learning about the anatomy of a sock before moving on to the shaping and stitch patterns you can use. For toes, Donna will lay out the steps to the moccasin toe, the wedge toe and the short row toe. When you move on, you’ll discover how to create afterthought heels, gusset heels and short row heels. Want to ensure sock success before you start? Donna will guide you through taking accurate measurements and planning your sock using an included worksheet. Plus, you’ll learn great tips and tricks for polished finishing and receive three free patterns included with class!
Designer and author Donna Druchunas walks you through knitting socks from the ground up. From casting on to binding off, Donna details simple steps to make intricate sock patterns easy and enjoyable. Once you’ve worn handmade socks, your feet won’t be satisfied with anything else. Donna introduces you to knitting from the toe up so you can try on the sock as you knit and adjust the height of the cuff. You will discover two techniques for starting a sock, three different heel techniques, and usefuls tips and tricks like the figure-8 cast-on and stretchy bind-off. Learn to read charts and use double-pointed or circular needles to create lace and stranded colorwork in the round.
Conquer sock knitting essentials that ensure success! Join designer Ann Budd and learn little details that make things easier at every step. During class, you’ll see how to knit identical socks toe-up and cuff-down, and find out how to troubleshoot any tricky situations that pop up along the way. Ann will begin by demonstrating how to take accurate measurements before helping you conquer popular sock cast-ons and bind-offs. For variety, you’ll discover new heel and toe styles, and Ann will share methods for shaping. With these skills you can accommodate for the unique features of any feet! Plus, throughout class you’ll learn the classic techniques that lead to great socks, from picking up stitches to grafting.
I’ll be making my choice once I finish the sock weight pair I’m making, so hopefully within a week or so. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I went through and made all the project included and wanted to share my finished objects as well as give a pro and con overview of the class in case you were thinking of taking it.
You can see my items above (except for the headband with flower, (forgot to add that to the picture) and I think they came out quite well.
The actual class itself had some positives and negatives.
You work four different projects using four different methods of knitting in the round:
Using the Magic Loop
Knitting Two at a Time
Using a Single Circular Needle
None of the techniques go into depth of how to work them effectively.
For example, the instructor tells us to cast on one extra stitch for the magic loop and then slip it, but she doesn’t really show how she slipped it or what to do with it. I had an extra stitch that I had no idea what to do with it. Still trying to figure out what that extra stitch was for? Would’ve liked a little more description when working each of these techniques.
Very cute projects
I loved all of the projects and they were fun to do.
Not a lot of instruction for each project.
Maybe because there were so many projects, she kept the instructions short, but I was thinking this was a beginner class for working in the round. Instead it was more of a walkthrough of different methods and short instructions for the projects.
The beanie you see above was supposed to have colorwork, but I took out the colorwork because I didn’t know how to work it effectively. She states to make sure it doesn’t pucker by not pulling too tight on the strands, but doesn’t explain how to keep from doing that while working it with the magic loop. My was puckering a ton because I didn’t know how to space the stitches effectively on the hook and cable.
I get comments sometimes that my videos are too wordy, but I think it is the little things that can help the project be its best. Even if you aren’t a beginner, sharing little tricks you know can mean the difference on giving up on a project or having it make sense. I think the instructor would have been perfect if she could have added some of that in.
The class is great if you aren’t a total beginner at working in the round. If you’ve only worked on DPNs and want to know how to work other methods, I think this class would be perfect. Because you already have the general knowledge of working in the round, your projects would probably be terrific.
However, if you are a total newbie to working in the round, this class might frustrate you a little. The projects are gorgeous, but you will probably have to do some extra research to figure out the missing bits of the techniques.
You can check out the class and see the video intro by clicking the link below.
If you’ve taken the class, let us know what you thought of it.
I’m hoping my Knitcrate will have some sort of working in the round this month so I can get some holes filled in. I will check Craftsy for some more knitting in the round classes I can take and report back if any of them are more helpful.
The Simplicity Shawl is a great shawl for beginners. Its simple repeat is easy to memorize and execute to make a lovely and beautiful finished project. The weight of the yarn and stitches used make this a quite fast shawl to complete as well.
There is also a chart for visual crocheters.
3 – Light / DK approx. 575 yards
48″ wide x 24″ tall
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