Cuff-Down Socks Class: Cuffs!

Step by Step 1/1 LslT RS (Left-slip-Twist) Knitting Tutorial


Today is our second day of the Beginner Sock Knitting Class for Cuff-Down Socks!

Every day for the next week I'll be sharing a tutorial filled with the how's and why's of constructing a sock from the cuff through the toes. At the end of this week-long class I'll provide you with the Basic Cuff-Down Sock pattern (with heel flap) that I've used when filming the lessons so that you can cast-on a set for yourself or a loved one.

If you were hoping to learn how to knit socks from the toes-up, I've got you covered. I'll be running another free sock class starting January 20th for my Basic Toe-Up Socks (with a short-row heel). Again, that class will walk through the construction and will be followed up with the release of the free pattern on January 27th, 2021.

Today we'll be learning:

I've posted the video below along with a few notes and all the links you might need. If you have any questions, you can always email me directly:

Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^

PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is from from Suburban Stitcher in the Clean Slate colorway. Suburban Stitcher is the featured indie dyer in January for the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long, she generously provided yarn support for the January Socks and all of the Beginner Sock Knitting Classes being offered on in the month of January. You can find all of her beautiful colorways and bases on her site:

Other Lessons in this Series:

Notes and Resources:

  • You can join the 2021 Indie Sock-a-Long for just $2 through the end of January, 2021!

  • Remember to sign-up for my newsletter to have the free Cuff-Down Sock pattern (in 12 sizes) delivered to your inbox as soon as it's released on January 13, 2021.

To Join to Knit in the Round:

Once you have the correct number of stitches on your needles, don't turn your work, just arrange your stitches to begin knitting into the first stitch that you cast-on. This will create a circle of stitches between your needles and you'll be set to knit in the round.

Note: Do be careful that your stitches don't get twisted around the needle when you join or your project won't be a sock. (It might work as some kind of scrunchie, but definitely won't work as a sock.)

1x1 Ribbing Pattern:

This is a fairly standard ribbing used in sock cuffs. It creates a good amount of elasticity in the fabric while maintaining a nice look when worn.

Round 1: *Knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch; repeat from * around.

Repeat Round 1 until the cuff is the length noted in your pattern.

How Long Should the Cuff Be?

The Cuff can really be as long as you want it to be as long as it will hold up your socks. I tend to use 0.5" / 1.25 cm of ribbing for kids and babies and I go up to 1" / 2.5 cm of ribbing for adult socks.

If you wanted to, you can actually continue in ribbing for the duration of the sock leg (and onto the top of the foot). Doing this will make for a sock that is a bit more fitted and it adds an easy texture and patterning to your socks.

The Sip of Bobbly Socks use this technique. They have about 1" / 2.5 cm of twisted ribbing for the cuff, a few rows of a bobble pattern, and then the rest of the patterning is achieved by working the same twisted ribbing pattern down the leg and across the top of the foot.

That's it!

Next up, we'll work on the leg of the sock. I'll cover that in more detail in tomorrow's lesson. See you then!

More Sock Patterns:

Tales of Childhood Shawl Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Adventure Anklets

$5.99 USD

(Linked to the YumiYarns shop)

Tales of Childhood Fingerless Mitts Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Wee Bit Scottish Socks

$5.99 USD

(Linked to Ravelry)

Tales of Childhood Hat Lace and Mosaic Colorwork Knitting Pattern

Sip of Bobbly Socks

$2.00 USD

(Linked to Ravelry)

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