Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Crazy little things called socks

contributed by Emily 

I don't know if you've noticed, but there's been a craze sweeping through the knitting world for a couple of years now, and it's all about socks! Knitters have been going bananas over socks and for good reason. Socks are a great, portable project. They only require one skein to make (in most instances), there are an infinite number of beautiful patterns out there, and almost everybody in the family will like to wear them, even those who may squirm at the very mention of wearing a sweater!

And most importantly of all, knitting socks is quick and easy. Seriously!

"But," I hear you saying to your computer right now, "there are all those needles! And the needles are so fiddly! And there are so many stitches!?"

Well, not in the socks we're going to be making in our Learn to Knit Socks class. The techniques for making socks are the same, whether you're using size 0 needles or size 8s.

For our class, we're going to be using worsted weight yarn (we love the Berroco Vintage for these socks) and size 5 needles, so that learning the techniques involved in creating a sock are clear and understandable. And the great thing is that once you've gotten the idea about making a basic sock, the technique can then be used to create any sock you want. And believe me, once you begin looking at sock patterns, you may never knit anything else!

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