2016 Sock KnitAlong
If you have already seen the light and are a sock knitter - carry on. Continue to encourage the unenlightened, urge them to give it a try. Don’t tell them how addictive sock knitting can be, at least not immediately. Let them find out. If you are new to sock knitting - good for you! Join us before the regular meeting for some help to get you started. We will have a couple of tables set up at 6:30 for instruction and inspiration. For the first couple of months, we will focus on getting started, later on we’ll turn the heel, and finish up.
Since there are two main directions to knit socks, one table will focus on top-down construction, and the other will work with toe-up socks. No need to reserve a spot - just stop by from 6:30-7:00, and we’ll get you started.
Most sock knitters use fingering weight yarn, and knit with size 1 needles, give or take depending on how tightly you knit. Knitting on smaller needles gives you a sturdier fabric that can more easily stand (get it? stand?) up to the stress of walking and standing on feet all day. It is not a quick knit. My socks are usually 72 stitches around, so you can do the math - it takes a bit of time. Worth it.
If you would like socks with a shorter time frame to start, you can use any heavier weight yarn and appropriate needles. You can knit a sock, or two, just as a learning tool, and leave concerns of fit for your next pair. Either way - up to you entirely. Knitting is supposed to be fun, remember?
We will have copies of two easy sock patterns available for you at each meeting, starting in February. One will be your basic stockinette socks, the other is Hermione’s Every Day Socks just in case you want a tiny bit of pattern to follow. Both are super easy to memorize, leaving the rest of your brain to keep track of the rest of the fun of sock knitting. Can you tell I’m excited about this KAL? Socks rock!
Susan Parke, Program Co-Chair