For years Ann Budd has worn only handknitted socks—that's a lot of sock knitting
! But Ann loves sock knitting best—she says she's never met a knitted sock she didn't like—so her latest book is a natural extension of her passion.Sock Knitting Master Class
is just what it professes to be: a master class in knitting socks! Ann has gathered the best sock designers in the world and through their innovative and exciting designs, she takes us through every step in knitting a pair of socks, going in-depth about each part of knitting a sock. You'll learn all kinds of cast-ons, heel-turns, gusset methods, toe techniques, and cast-offs.
There's nothing like actually knitting socks to teach you these techniques, so Ann is hosting a knit-along for Sock Knitting Master Class (
She's going to knit each pair of socks in the book, in order, and blog about her progress. How great is that?
Here's the first blog entry in the SKMC Knit-Along.
As I worked on Sock Knitting Master Class
, I found that I wanted to knit every pair of socks.
Not only are they all good designs, but each one has at least one lesson in technique or design application. I am certain that anyone who knits all of the socks in the book will end up a veritable master (hence, the words "Master Class" in the title). And who better to give it a go than myself?
gauge swatch for Asymmetrical Cables
So, I've decided that I will work my way through the book, knitting each pair of socks and hopefully using up some of my stash yarn in the process.
I'll write posts about my experiences as I go so you'll get even more insights into these fabulous designs.
First off is Cookie A's Asymmetrical Cables (page 48), which are shown in Pagewood Farm St Elias (80% Bluefaced Leicester, 20% nylon) knitted at a gauge of 8 stitches/inch in stockinette, worked in rounds.
In her note on yarns (page 53), Clara Parkes says these socks are best knitted with "a yarn that has three or more plies to render the raised cable pattern." She also suggests keeping to a "solid or flickering semi-solid that won't distract from the flow of the cables."
The yarn in my stash that best fits these criteria is Spirit Trails Frija (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon; 377 yd/4 oz) in a beautiful combination of blues and teals. I'm certain that I'll appreciate that 10% of cashmere!
To begin, as I always begin, I knitted a gauge swatch, at right.
Up next, knitting the cables.
So grab your copy of Sock Knitting Master Class and knit along with Ann!