You know I have 3 sock knitting classes on Craftsy, don’t you? I know a lot of my students have been in all of my classes and if that’s you and you’re chomping at the bit for more cool sock techniques, I have just the thing for you! Lara Neel, aka Math4Knitters, has a brand new class based on her book, Sock Architecture.
The new class is called:
I’ve asked Lara to tell us more about this class, so you can decide if you’re ready for it.
DD: Hi Lara, thanks for visiting my blog and telling us more about your new class, Socks My Way: Heel & Toe Variations. It sounds so exciting! I have separate classes for cuff down and toe-up sock knitting on Craftsy, Knit Original Toe Up Socks and Knit Original Cuff Down Socks. Does your class cover cuff down, toe up, or both?
LN: My class covers both! I really wanted people to be able to explore new techniques with my class.
DD: What kinds of heels and toes are covered in your course?
LN: There are a total of 15 heels and 14 toes, if you include all of the length and up-or-down variations.
Heels from the top down: Short-Row Heel, Thumb-Joint Hat Top Heel, Sideways Heel, Shaped Common Heel, Square Heel, Half-Handkerchief Heel, Band Heel and Round (French) Heel.
Heels from the toe up: Short-Row Heel, Thumb-Joint Hat Top Heel, Sideways Heel, Half-Handkerchief Heel, Square Heel, Shaped Joined Heel Flap and Round (French) Heel.
Toes can all be worked either from the top down or toe up and are: Wedge Toes (Long, Medium and Short), Wide Toes (Long, Medium and Short), Short-Row Toe (Long, Medium and Short), Sideways Toe (Long, Medium and Short), Round Toe and Swirl Toe. (Nomenclature is a problem. A lot of people call the toe I call a Swirl Toe a Star Toe.)
DD: Does the course include patterns? If not, how to the students create a finished sock?
LN: I created universal patterns so that students can mix-and-match to get the sock they want to make by following along on a worksheet. Students can choose based on the technique they love (or want to avoid) and the best fit for their feet. If any student wants me to work a sock through a worksheet along with them as a knitalong, I’d love to!
DD: What kind of fitting information do you include? Is it about customizing patterns or creating unique sock designs?
LN: The class starts with basic measuring and fitting information, including me being way too excited about waving around parts of skeletons to show why Thumb-Joint Hat Top Heels fit so well. I mean, I think I kind of scared the crew with that one. The idea is for you to “choose your own adventure” and make your own socks from scratch.
But, you could also use the information in the class to swap out shapes into existing patterns. Let’s say that you love the fit and speed of the Shaped Common Heel. You can, very easily, substitute that heel into just about any top-down sock pattern, as long as you know the number of stitches you need to use to get the perfect fit. I don’t want to compare myself, directly, to Elizabeth Zimmermann, because I respect her way too much, but I’m trying to give socks the same sort of treatment she gave to seamless sweaters. It all hinges on the “key number,” which she called K, for the number of desired stitches at the chest. I call the number of stitches used for the body of the sock S. S tells you what to do to make any toe you want. Half of S is X. Once you know X, you can make any heel you want.
DD: Thanks again, Lara! I know a lot of my students will be excited to add more heel and toe techniques to their sock-knitting skill set. Congratulations on the book and the class, Socks My Way: Heel & Toe Variations.
P.S. For those of you who have never knit socks yet and feel like my classes and Lara’s are a little too advanced for you, Lucy Neatby has a My First Socks class on Craftsy that walks you through making a beginner’s cuff down sock step by step.
Disclosure: as a Craftsy teacher I’m automatically also an affilate.