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.
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.
*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!
Monday - Wednesday,
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.