Socks 101: A knit-to-fit approach

This intermediate-level class is a guide to the way a traditional sock is knit from the top down with a heel flap, turned heel, and gusset. You will be knitting a sock without a pattern! Instead, the method you learn will make it possible to knit a plain sock to fit most any foot in whatever weight yarn you choose.


The fee is $80.

Class size is limited to eight seats. If fewer than four registrations are paid, the class may be canceled and your fee will be refunded. Otherwise, the class fee is not refundable.


The class consists of 3 afternoon sessions:

• Sunday, October 21, 2018: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, October 28, 2018: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, November 11, 2018: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.


40 Bald Hill Road, Friday Harbor, Washington


To take this class, you must know how to do the following:

• Cast on stitches and join to knit in the round using double pointed needles (DPNs)
• Knit (k)
• Purl (p)
• Knit/purl ribbing
• Slip stitches (sl1)
• Pick up stitches
• Knit through the back loop (k1tbl)
• Knit two together – right-slanting decrease (K2tog)
• Slip slip knit – left-slanting decrease (SSK)

What to bring

• Swatch, at least 3 x 3 inches, knit in stockinette with the yarn and needles you choose (below).

• Yarn of your choice. Fingering weight yarns, sock yarns, and baby yarns result in a sock that can be worn with your usual shoes. (One 420 yard ball of fingering or sock weight yarn is usually sufficient.) Sport yarns make a heavier sock that is useful for winter boots, hiking shoes, etc. Double knitting and worsted yarns produce a very heavy sock that is probably best for winter boots or house slippers.

• Set of 5 double pointed needles (DPNs) in a size to give a firm fabric. Size 1 or 1 1/2 (2.25 or 2.50 mm) DPNs usually work with fingering yarn. Size 2 (2.75 mm) needles are good for sport yarns. Individual tensions vary, so it is important to knit a swatch to check your gauge.

• Tape measure to measure the length of your foot and circumference of your ankle.

• Crochet hook to pick up stitches along the heel flap; optional, but recommended.

• Tapestry needle for binding off the toe of the sock.

• Pencil or pen for worksheet, notes, questions, etc.

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