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Workshop: Knit SOCKS - ADVANCED techniques (3 hours)

Beautiful Fierce

Workshop: Knit SOCKS - ADVANCED techniques (3 hours)


Let's talk about socks...

Now that we have your attention :-)

If you've caught the sock knitting bug, then you already know the pleasures of a hand knit sock vs a shop bought one.

Now that you've knitted your first (or 14th pair!) of socks, it's time to explore.

In this class we will be looking at some techniques that can help take your socks to a whole new level.

Two cast on methods for toe up socks

  • Judy's magic cast on 
  • Turkish cast on

Two cast on methods  for top down socks to ensure the perfect stretchy cuff

  • alternating cast on (perfect for ribs cuffs)
  • Old Norwegian/German twisted cast on
  • the channel island cast on (if time permits)

Two cast off methods for toe up socks

  • invisible sewn cast off
  • Kitchener bind off

Finally, for those of us who suffer from the dreaded second sock syndrome, or who simply what to see how it works, we will explore the technique of knitting two socks at a time. This is optional of course! 

Please note- we will not be knitting an actual sock in this workshop - rather several samples that you can keep as a reference or undo and reuse the wool later 

Ability to knit in the round using magic loop technique
Basic knitting skills, knit, purl, basic increase/decrease, how to cast on and cast off

Please bring along to class:

  • a selection of scrap yarn ( preferably light and between an 8- 14ply for ease although feel free to use sock yarn if that is your preferred choice of wool!)
  • circular needles in an appropriate size, minimum cable length 80cm. More than one pair if you have them
  • Something to slip your knit samples onto if you are only bringing one pair of circulars ( ie stitch holders, extra cables, smooth scrap yarn) 
  • standard knitting tools including removable stitch markers
  • willingness to step out of your comfort zone and explore :-)


Tutor : Marianne Horton of Beautiful Fierce 

Marianne has a genuine passion for teaching and creating beautiful objects with simple tools and beautiful fibres. 

"Making things is one of my ways to tell a story - by shaping the material at hand, I am able to give voice to the tales of everyday life. Sometimes,those materials have their own words to add and so the story can often have a twist or an ending that surprises even the author."

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