Basic Socks: The Pandemic Edition
In this class, we'll be making top-down (aka "cuff-down") socks with a heel flap and gusset construction: Rye by Tin Can Knits. In the first class, we'll talk about choosing a stretchy cast-on method, choosing your ribbing plan, and then establishing the pattern on the leg. From there, we'll go over how to work your heel flap, how to do the heel turn, picking up stitches, decreasing (and all of the initial weirdness of sock construction those things cover), and finally, decreasing for the toe and doing Kitchener stitch/grafting to finish off your socks.
Please note: we're offering this class on the pay-what-you-can model. Normal class price is $40.
Dates/times: We'll be meeting on Zoom at the following dates/times (all times PST).
- Saturday, October 24: 3:30 - 5 PM PST
- Saturday, October 31: 3:30 - 5 PM PST
- Saturday, November 7: 3:30 - 5 PM PST
I will also be offering assistance during office hours (times TBD once class starts). If you miss a class, please plan to attend office hours so that we can go over what you need to know before the next class session.
- If you're making Rye for an adult, you will likely need 2 balls of worsted-weight yarn (Berroco Ultra Wool, Berroco Vintage, and Malabrigo Rios would all be great).
- If you're making Rye Light for an adult, you should be able to make most adult sizes with one 100g ball of sock yarn; if you're making a pair for someone with larger feet, you may need 2 balls of sock yarn.
- You'll need needles in whatever configuration you would feel comfortable using to make fingerless mitts or mittens. This could be magic loop, double-pointed needles, 2 circular needles at a time, or small-circumference (9" / 12cm) circular needles.
- Rye: calls for US3 and US5. I usually use US3 needles for the entire sock, as I like really dense fabric in my socks!
- Rye Light: calls for US1 and US2 needles. I tend to err on the smaller side of the needles listed and then use the same needle for the entire sock.