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Socks My Way: Heel & Toe Variations

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Create socks perfectly fitted to the unique contours of any foot! Learn how to shape heels and toes using versatile methods you can mix and match.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Lara Neel
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Create the perfect look and feel in all your socks whether you're knitting toe-up or top-down! Join instructor Lara Neel and learn a variety of methods for knitting sock heels and toes, as well as how, when and why you might use them. During class, Lara will teach you how to take the most accurate measurements and show you how to swatch for sock success. You'll also conquer methods for flap and gusset heels and learn to shape heels worked completely in short rows. Then, discover some heel techniques that many knitters might have never heard of! When you move on to toes, Lara will show you how to shape them both from the side and in the round. Plus, you'll receive special secrets you won't learn anywhere else, and Lara will share easy formulas that will ensure your heels and toes are proportioned just right!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Class Overview
Meet your instructor, expert knitter Lara Neel, and get a sneak peek at the wide range of techniques you'll learn to knit perfectly fitting socks -- from the top down or toe up!
2. The Sock: Fit & Techniques
3. Heels With Gussets: Top-Down Part 1
4. Heels With Gussets: Top-Down Part 2
5. Heels With Gussets: Toe-Up
6. Short Row Heels & Toes
7. Heels Without Gussets
8. Toes Shaped at the Edges
9. Toes in the Round

Taught by

Lara  Neel
Lara Neel
Lara Neel learned to knit when she was a little girl, but it wasn’t until about eight years ago that she got serious about socks. While Lara may have plenty of sweaters, hats and scarves, she’s constantly driven by the firm belief that she’ll never run out of new sock styles to try. You can find Lara’s sock designs featured in publications like Knitty, or in her book Sock Architecture.

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