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Happy Heels – a virtual workshop with Ann Budd

April 3 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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In this one-hour online workshop, Ann Budd will demonstrate three popular types of sock heels—the round heel, the short-row heel, and the afterthought heel. While the round heel is most easily fitted when worked from the top down, both the short-row and afterthought heels can be worked equally well from the top down or from the toe up, and both are great for adding spots of contrasting colors. All three types are interchangeable.

A handout of the three techniques will be provided.

Skills needed:

students must have knitted at least one pair of socks and be comfortable with basic sock constructions. They should also be comfortable knitting small circumferences in rounds.

Materials:

  • worsted-weight yarn
  • size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed knitting needles (you may substitute another method for working small circumferences in the round but the techniques will be demonstrated using double-pointed needles)
  • three homework swatches.

Homework:

You will need worsted-weight yarn, size U.S. 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles (or another way to work a small circumference in the round with the understanding that the instructions and demonstration will use double-pointed needles), and about 12” (30.5 cm) of smooth waste yarn (for the Afterthought Heel).

You will need a total of three (3) homework swatches.

Round Heel Swatch: Cast on 28 stitches.

Arrange the stitches on 3 double-pointed needles so that there are 7 stitches on Needle 1 (for half of the back of leg, heel, and sol), 7 stitches on Needle 2 (for the other half of the back of leg, heel, and sole), and 14 stitches on Needle 3 (for the front of leg and instep). Place marker if desired and join for working rounds, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Work in k3, p1 ribbing for 6 rounds, ending ready to start Needle 2 (the needle with 14 stitches).

Leave stitches on needles (or place on stitch holders) and do NOT cut yarn.

Short-Row Heel Swatch: Cast on 28 stitches.

Arrange the stitches on 3 double-pointed needles so that there are 7 stitches on Needle 1 (for half of the back of leg, heel, and sol), 7 stitches on Needle 2 (for the other half of the back of leg, heel, and sole), and 14 stitches on Needle 3 (for the front of leg and instep). Place marker if desired and join for working rounds, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Work in k3, p1 ribbing for 4 rounds, then knit 6 rounds, ending ready to start Needle 2 (the needle with 14 stitches).

Leave stitches on needles (or place on stitch holders) and do NOT cut yarn.

Afterthought Heel Swatch: Cast on 28 stitches.

Arrange the stitches on 3 double-pointed needles so that there are 7 stitches on Needle 1 (for half of the back of leg, heel, and sol), 7 stitches on Needle 2 (for the other half of the back of leg, heel, and sole), and 14 stitches on Needle 3 (for the front of leg and instep). Place marker if desired and join for working rounds, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Work in k3, p1 ribbing for 4 rounds, then knit 6 rounds, ending ready to start Needle 2 (the needle with 14 stitches).

Leave stitches on needles (or place on stitch holders) and do NOT cut yarn.

Bring your swatches, needles, and yarn to class.