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Nathan Taylor - Patterning a Sock

  • Edinburgh Corn Exchange New Market Rd Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ UK (map)

Sick and tired of not being able to find JUST THE RIGHT sock pattern? Always wishing there was a sock out there that featured your favourite stitch texture?
This is the class for you!

I’ll show you how to create a “blank canvas” sock template, upon which you will be able to lay pretty much any stitch pattern you like.
We’ll cover converting flat stitch patterns to in the round, dealing with the maths to make everything fit, placement of pattern elements so that they work both practically and aesthetically.

This class is so much more than that though, because designing a good sock is so much more than knitting a pattern on it!

A good sock has “flow”. All the different elements should grow organically from one to the other. We’ll discuss the various options available to you at each stage, so that your sock doesn’t end up like some Frankensock, but instead holds together with elegance and grace.
You’ll be a sock designer before you know it!

Level: Intermediate

Skills needed: Experience of knitting socks, cuff down, with heel flap and gusset construction. Knitting in the round.

Materials to bring: Do some research into some of your favourite stitch patterns, and bring a selection with you. Stitch patterns should be charted out, either by hand, or in a book, and easily readable. Challenge yourself: bring lace, or cabled patterns, as well as simple K&P textures.

One set of 2.5mm circular knitting needles. A 100g skein of sock/4-ply/fingering weight yarn. Choose a smooth yarn with a high twist and a solid or semi-solid colour for best results.
Bring pencils and a calculator, and squared graph paper if you have it, as well as your stitch pattern as reference material

Any "homework"?: Do some research into some of your favourite stitch patterns, and bring a selection with you. Stitch patterns should be charted out, either by hand, or in a book, and easily readable. Challenge yourself: bring lace, or cabled patterns, as well as simple K&P textures.

Class size: 19