Today is our Fifth day of the Beginner Sock Knitting Class for Toe-Up 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 toes through the cuffs. At the end of this week-long class I'll provide you with the Basic Toe-Up Sock pattern (with short-row heel) 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 cuff-down, I've got you covered. I released the free sock class earlier this month for my Basic Cuff-Down Socks (with a heel flap). That class walked you through the construction of the sock and was followed up with the release of the free pattern which you can now download from my pattern shop (kids sizing or adult sizing).
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: email@example.com
Have fun & happy knitting!
PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is from from Suburban Stitcher in the Sea Smoke 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 YumiYarns.com in the month of January. You can find all of her beautiful colorways and bases on her site: SuburbanStitcher.com
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 Toe-up Sock pattern (in 12 sizes) delivered to your inbox as soon as it's released on January 27, 2021.
The Difference Between the Toe & the Heel
The toe has a more rounded and sloped angle thanks to the first few rounds of the toe being increased more quickly than the rest of the toe. (We increased every round at first and then increase every other round for the rest of the toe.)
The heel has a more direct angle because the short rows use the same rate of decrease/increase for the duration of the heel. You end up with a sharper line in the heel, but because of the actual shape of a human foot it will mold to your foot just fine. You can do fancy shaping here if you want, but it isn't really needed thanks to the elasticity of the wool.
Knitting in Ends Video Tutorial
If you're needing a bit more info about how to weave in your ends while knitting, I've got a Video Tutorial that might be useful.
Avoiding Holes in the Corners
Need a refresher on how we solved the eternal problem of holes in the corner of your heels? The video below starts right at the point when I'm discussing this fun technique so it's easy for you to reference back to. (It starts at 8:45)
Step 1: Pick-up all the slipped stitches along the side of your heel flap. Don't start knitting your instep stitches, yet.
Step 2: Find the stitch 3 rows down from the stitch closest to the tip of your Left Needle.
Step 3: Using your Right Needle, pick up the left leg of the stitch to the right of the one you found in Step 2 & pick up the right leg of the stitch you found in Step 2.
Step 4: Correctly orient the 2 stitches that you've just picked-up onto your Left Needle. Knit them together (or work a ssk if you want it to slant the other direction).
Step 5: Slip the new stitch back to the left needle and knit this new stitch together with the next stitch to avoid having an extra stitch at each corner.
How to Tell if Stitches are Twisted
When you look at the stitch as it's sitting on the needle, the left leg of the stitch should be facing towards the back (away from you) and the right leg should be facing towards the front (nearest you).
How to Measure the Sock Leg