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Jul 6, 2011

Cookie A's Asymmetrical Cables is the first sock in the Sock Knitting Master Class Knit-Along!
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 (SKMC)! 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?

Ann's 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.

—Ann Budd

So grab your copy of Sock Knitting Master Class and knit along with Ann!


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soyval4 wrote
on Jul 17, 2011 10:09 PM

The swatch...just a question, why not knit it in the pattern as oppose to just the rib 1by 1?

IslandLady76 wrote
on Jul 14, 2011 7:44 PM

I just got my books today Getting Started Knitting Socks and Sock Knitting Master Class and have finally gotten such an easy answer to how much yarn to use for the cast on. Thank you Ann! My next question is what is the difference between yarn I use for most of my knitting & sock yarn, and what is the best pattern to start for a never before knitted sock knitter?

mvp wrote
on Jul 9, 2011 11:12 PM

Got my book today, the DVD is awesome!!!  Watching Ann do the different techniques made things that were a little fuzzy before look easy, and the special tips and tricks were really cool!  

The book is definitely a masterpiece filled with designs from the Masters.  Can't wait to cast on my first pair, which will be Cookie A's for the KAL...  

heaudrey wrote
on Jul 8, 2011 11:01 AM

Still waiting on the book.  In the mean time I am working on a pair of men's socks in a very simple pattern.  Can't wait to join all of you and knit some very beautiful socks and challenge myself along the way.

neal9ford wrote
on Jul 8, 2011 7:26 AM

Nice one.

Designs are really fantastic. According to the fashion, these handknitted socks can be used at a great extent.

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sox-a-plenty wrote
on Jul 7, 2011 1:25 AM

I am so excited to join this KAL.  Thank you so much for making this opportunity available.

on Jul 6, 2011 4:15 PM


You wrote about Ann Budd's knit-along socks from her Sock Knitting Master Class.  Are we (Jane PUblic) able to partake in that; are you doing the knit-along or Ann Budd?  

Also, how is the voting coming along for the next project?  I voted for the 3rd - item - a beautiful shell - cannot recall the name.  Joan - MI