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Essential Skills for Sock Knitting

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Knit feats of sock perfection in either direction! Learn solutions for every situation with heel and toe styles, shaping, cast-ons, bind-offs, troubleshooting and more.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including patterns and complete instructions for making your own customized socks with your favorite yarn
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Ann Budd
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Conquer sock knitting essentials that ensure success! Join designer Ann Budd and learn little details that make things easier at every step. During class, you'll see how to knit identical socks toe-up and cuff-down, and find out how to troubleshoot any tricky situations that pop up along the way. Ann will begin by demonstrating how to take accurate measurements before helping you conquer popular sock cast-ons and bind-offs. For variety, you'll discover new heel and toe styles, and Ann will share methods for shaping. With these skills you can accommodate the unique features of any feet! Plus, throughout class you'll learn the classic techniques that lead to great socks, from picking up stitches to grafting.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Set Up for Sock Success
Meet knitting expert Ann Budd and learn all about sock anatomy and how socks can be knitted from the top down or toe up with a variety of heel and toe types. Choose your yarn and start swatching to get the needle size for a perfect fit. Ann also discusses needle types and how to measure your foot.
2. Top-Down Cast-On & Working in the Round
3. Toe-Up Cast-Ons
4. Top-Down Round Heel Shaping
5. Toe-Up Round Heel
6. Short-Row Heels
7. Toe Shaping
8. Bind-Offs
9. Finishing

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Taught by

Ann Budd
Ann Budd
Ann Budd learned to knit as a child after her father brought her family to the German-speaking part of Switzerland during a one-year sabbatical. She went on to study science in college and ended up with a master's degree in geology. Through it all, she continued to knit and eventually switched careers to become an editorial assistant for Handwoven magazine at Interweave Press. Today, she's a book editor, knitwear designer and the author of the best-selling "Knitter's Handy Book" series.

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