Beginners Sock Knitting
Beginners Sock Knitting

Beginners Sock Knitting

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We are back again with the very popular Sock Knitting for Beginners classes. Taught by the excellent Katherine Smoak, you will learn how to knit your first pair of socks.  

Katherine learned to knit as a child in the US, and returned to it as an adult. She's been knitting avidly for the last ten years. Socks are one of her favourite projects to knit, and she loves sharing their simple magic with others. She writes about knitting and wool at 

Skills required: This is a beginner class. Participants should be comfortable knitting and purling. Experience with decreasing and working in the round is desirable, but not required.

Techniques covered: Methods for small circumference knitting; stretchy cast on appropriate for sock cuffs; how to turn a heel; how to pick up stitches; grafting/kitchener stitch; picking appropriate yarn for socks.

What you’ll leave with: A finished boot sock, with a sock pattern and lots of information and resources for where you can refresh the skills we’ve gone over as needed.

The class will be divided into three sessions;

Wednesday 8th May 6pm - 8pm

Class 1: Introduction to sock knitting; methods for knitting small circumferences in the round (magic loop, two circulars, short circulars, DPNs); intro to methods for stretchy cast on (German long tail and Jenny’s surprisingly stretchy). We will cast on our socks, work cuffs and begin work on the legs. At the end of the session, students will learn how to work a slip stitch heel flap.

Wednesday 15th May 6pm - 8pm

Class 2: Turning a heel and picking up gusset stitches. Between Class 1 and 2, participants should complete their sock leg and ideally their heel flap. In this session, we’ll make sure our heel flaps are complete, turn our heels, and begin picking up our gusset stitches.

Wednesday 22nd May 6pm - 8pm

Class 3: Toe Decreasing + Finishing your sock. In this session, we’ll briefly cover toe decreases and discuss different types of toe. Then we’ll cover how to graft your toe together, how to weave in ends, and how to block, wash, and care for your hand knit socks. We’ll also talk about great “next step” sock projects and talk about picking the right yarn for your next socks!


2 x 100g ball West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK - please come and talk to use about recommended yarns

1 x 3.5mm circular needle with at least 30” cable OR 1 set of DPNs
OR your preferred method for knitting small circumferences in the round in size needed to get
gauge; stitch markers; tapestry needle

There will be 10% discount for materials needed for this course and for any purchases you make during the class.

Please note: We will only be able to issue a refund if we can fill your space (which we'll do our best to do)