Put a Spring in Your Step
Did you know there are two methods to knitting pair of socks? And did you know we have classes for both techniques? Whether you are new to sock knitting or have a few pairs of cuff down socks under your belt and ready to learn how to knit toe up we have you covered with our Socks for Beginners and Tip Toe Up Sock Class with Holli Yeoh Online via Zoom.
To say that we are lucky to have Holli Yeoh teaching knitting at Baaad Anna’s is an understatement. You may already know Holli after having taken a class with her or through knitting one of her beautiful designs (Holli Yeoh Designs), but for those who haven’t yet met or taken a class from Holli, you are in for a treat.
“Holli not only worked with us through the pattern, but also prepared class notes with more detail and explained everything multiple times. She is very organized and thoughtful about her classes, making sure to divide the work between the weeks in a way that makes sense – we were learning something new each time and doing homework in between. She created a warm and friendly environment, as we had a lot of time together and were all chatting while knitting some rows to get to the next technique to learn…”
This toe-up sock class is a skill building opportunity to knit socks with completely replaceable heels and toes. Over three weeks we’ll tackle the beautifully invisible Turkish cast-on, Holli’s favourite increases, placeholder stitches for the heel, a stretchy sewn bind-off with no sewing, opening a large hole in your sock for the heel, and grafting on the needles. Take this opportunity to learn a “new-to-you” technique for working in the round: two circular needles, one long circular needle for the Magic Loop technique or double pointed needles. Or feel free to use needles that you’re most familiar with while learning the other new skills.
There will be homework each week so you’re ready to try the next step in the class together.
You may knit a sock of any size, but plan to work about half the sock between each class. If you’re knitting a sock for someone else, come to class with the foot circumference and foot length (not shoe size).
Skills needed: Participants should have experience knitting in the round and be familiar with making cuff down socks. If you’ve never knit a sock before, use heavier yarn such as Sport, DK or worsted weight and needles about two sizes smaller than the ball band recommendation. We recommend the Uptown Worsted on 3.5-3.75mm needles. This will knit up faster and be more a pair of slipper socks.
DATES: Saturdays April 17, 24 and May 1st from 9:30am-11:30pm PT
For the knitter who has been knitting for a while and feels like they’ve found their footing. Let’s put a sock on it!
Over a few weeks you will knit a top-down boot sock (DK-weight) or an around-home sock (Worsted-weight). You can also knit a tiny sock if you don’t have time for homework. If you’re a knitting socks for someone else, bring in their measurements: foot circumference around the ball of the foot and length.
Techniques To Be Learned:
- Holli’s favourite stretchy cast on
- Circular knitting with double-pointed needles (DPNs), or two circular needles or one long circular needle for Magic Loop (your choice)
- Avoiding ladders and loose stitches
- Heel construction including heel flap, heel turn and picking up stitches around the heel
- Grafting (Kitchener stitch)
- Getting the right fit
DATES: Thursdays May 6, 13, 20 and 27th from 6:00-7:30pm PDT
You can see all of Holli’s upcoming classes, workshops and publications here.
Photos courtesy of Holli Yeoh