Friday, January 29, 2010

sock class to start Monday

Hello, everybody --

We have a couple days left in January, then the short month of February, and then, sometime in March, our deadline for getting garments to San Francisco. If you're knitting sweaters and vests, do not stop! There are never enough of those.

If you only have time for a small project, or want to add a small project, or have been afraid to try socks, though, here's your chance. On Monday, February 1, I will post the first installment of a step-by-step pattern for worsted weight socks. I'm telling you now so you can get out the yarn you want to use, your needles, and anything else you'll need.

You will need: 100 g worsted weight yarn, plus small amounts of contrasting colors if you'd like to do stripes or a contrast cuff and toe. Choose smaller needles than you'd use if you were knitting a hat or sweater -- socks need to be knit tightly so they wear better. So, if you'd use a size 7 (4.5 mm) when using this yarn for a sweater, go down to a 6 (4 mm) or a 5 (3.75 mm). I prefer double-pointed needles; use 2 circular needles or a long one for magic loop if that's your preference. Pattern will be worked in the round, so straight needles are not an option.

See you Monday!

1 comment:

Kathy said...

What a fun idea, Elizabeth! I love knitting worsted weight socks - they go so quickly! I'm working on a InVest for Peace but may join you in casting on for this. I've got some nice red Lion Brand wool that would work nicely.

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