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The Ultimate Heel Workshop with Susan B. Anderson

April 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm



Do you love using self-striping and patterning sock yarn for knitting socks but get stuck when the stripes go awry at the heel? The super-popular Smooth Operator Afterthought Heel is the perfect solution for you! Join sock knitting expert, Susan B. Anderson, and work through her twist on the perfect fitting afterthought heel. In class you will be covering loads of sock knitting tips and tricks, and working through the Smooth Operator afterthought heel together in class.

Skills needed:

Ability to work in the round on double-pointed needles on a small number of stitches. Experience with simple increases and decreases.

Skills learned:

Techniques covered will include tips for making matching socks, putting in a waste yarn place holder in a different way, several ways to get rid of those pesky holes at the sides of the heel, a surefire tip to remember the Kitchener stitch every time and how to get rid of those donkey ears, a no-Kitchener version of heels and toes, and so much more! Come to class ready to work hard on your sock techniques through large group discussion, small group technique demonstrations and individual help.


  • 100 grams of fingering or sock weight yarn
  • Heel yarn: Reserve 7 grams per sock for the heel. If you are winding the ball of yarn and will be pulling from the outside of the ball you will need to wind off the yarn for the heel before you cast on. If you are using a ball winder to make a cake of yarn you can use the other end of the yarn for the heel.
  • US# 1 (2.25 mm) set of 5 double pointed needles or a long circular for magic loop or your preferred method for working in the round on a small number of stitches. Be sure to check your gauge and adjust the needle size as needed.
  • An extra set of needles in the same size (optional)
  • Detachable stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Waste yarn in the same weight, about 3 yards
  • Copy of the Smooth Operator Sock Pattern, available on Ravelry


*Gauge: 8 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch


Come to class with a fingering weight sock cuff knit to your desired length and at the point where you want to start your heel. In class we are using the Smooth Operator Socks pattern. You can work in either magic loop or on double-pointed needles. Follow the start of the pattern below to get started:

Sizes to fit: extra-small (small, medium, large) OR to fit the circumference measurement at the ball of the foot: 7 (8, 9, 10) inches including 1-inch of negative ease.

Tip: Susan uses the medium size to fit her US women’s shoe size 7.5 feet.

We are working on fingering/sock weight yarn at 8 sts per inch in stockinette stitch.

Using the long-tail cast on method cast on 48 (56, 64, 72) stitches.

For double-pointed needles divide the stitches as follows:

Needle 1: 16 (20, 20, 24) sts

Needle 2: 16 (20, 20, 24) sts

Needle 3: 12 (16, 24, 24) sts

For Magic Loop place half of the stitches on each of the two needles.

Join to work in the round being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker on the first stitch.

Rnd 1: (K2, p2) repeat to the end of the round.

Repeat Round 1 for 7 (9, 11, 13) more rounds.

Continue to knit every round until you have reached the desired length for the leg of the sock.

We will pick up from here in class!


April 5, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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fibre space
1319 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States


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