Cookie A Sock Club
|BFF - a Sept/Oct Sock Club Selection|
For each class, I've chosen two sock patterns that are similar in their construction or their nature, with one sock pattern being easier and the other being more of a challenge. Each student selects the sock that suits his or her level of adventure.
For all the socks, we'll talk about re-sizing options and other fit considerations, plus tips and tricks for getting the best finished results.
For the Sept/Oct sock club I've chosen socks where the pattern is set up in columns of cable patterns. The easier sock (and probably the easiest Cookie A pattern of all) is BFF, which has columns of 4-st rope cables.
|Marilinda, the more challenging |
Sept/Oct Sock Club Selection
BFF is easy to size up or down, and isn't too much of a step beyond a plain sock. If you've never tried cables, or reading a chart, or just haven't tried knitting with finer sock yarn, this might be the sock for you.
The more challenging sock is Marilinda. This sock also has columns of the repeating stitch pattern, but the number of stitches and rows in the repeat is greater, and includes several different techniques. Amongst those techniques is the exact same cable crossing the BFF sock has, but also a faux traveling cable as well as a Japanese faux cable. This sock also continues the stitch pattern down the back of the heel.
Both patterns for the Sept/Oct sock club are in Cookie's newest book, knit.sock.love.
|Foot detail of Kai-Mei|
|Pointelle, the November Sock Club|
Pointelle, from knit.sock.love is the more challenging sock for the November sock club. The pattern travels down and across the leg and the foot, using a more intricate lace pattern than Kai-Mei.
But wait, there's more!
In addition to the sock club classes, I'll be teaching three project classes from another favorite designer of mine: Ysolda Teague.
There's a hat, a scarf and fingerless mitts, all from Ysolda's Whimsical Little Knits Two. These projects all include techniques that are not typical in hats, scarves and mitts, making them much more interesting to knit for those who have knit these types of projects in the traditional manner. It's great to learn new techniques on small projects. Plus, any of these would make great holiday gifts!
Scroll Lace Scarf, which I'll teach Saturdays, Sept 17 and 24, 10 am-noon. This is the least boring scarf I've ever knit--it's no 6-foot long rectangle! There's a provisional cast on, and a lace pattern that is simple enough for first-time lace knitters, but not boring for those who are more experienced.
Stitches are picked up for the body of the scarf, with short rows worked to create the depth at the center. The short row technique I'll teach is a German method (no wraps!) that gives the same result as Japanese short rows without all the pins hanging off the back of the work. Finally, there's a picot bind off that complements the larger picot look of the lace edge. Lots of great techniques packed into one great little scarf!
We'll also discuss how to block the scarf to open up the lace and get the best finished result.
|Shorter version of Ripley|
with the lace band.
Veyla fingerless mitts.
Like Ripley and the Scroll Lace Scarf, Veyla starts with a lace strip but ends with buttonholes. Stitches are picked up and the hand is worked in the round. The thumb gusset increases are unusually placed YOs, and there's a final lace inset at the knuckles. These mitts are not identical, and we will discuss the differences in the charts. We'll also cover how to block the lace for the best finished result.
All three of the Ysolda patterns include charts for the lace. If you are new to chart reading, this is a great way to learn how to read them!