Sockupied: An interactive class in knitting socks!

Anne Berk's McGonagall Socks

When I was first knitting, I took a lot of classes. I searched yarn shop class offerings for techniques I wanted to learn and I signed up for several classes each session.

As I got more experienced, however, I found that I learned better from books and magazines. I like to take my time with new techniques and try them out on actual patterns instead of the swatches I worked on in most of the classes.

That's why I'm so happy with Sockupied. It's the best of both worlds—a digital magazine with videos, diagrams, in-depth technique studies, and beautiful patterns!

Case in point: Anne Berk's McGonagall Socks. I've been wanting to do an argyle project for a long time, and I enjoy knitting socks, so how perfect is this? (And I love the Harry Potter reference!)

There are a lot of aspects of knitting these socks that make them a really fun, interesting project. 

     Here's a fun color plan for an argyle sock; my friend Annie picked this color scheme to honor her alma mater University of MIchigan.
This is what the McGonagall sock looks like when the knitting is complete, pre-seaming. Doesn't this look fun?

First off is choosing the colors. There are myriad color combos you can choose, of course, but Sockupied makes it easy to try before you buy with a color selecting program that lets you see how your color choices will look before you commit (see photo at right for a sample).

Secondly, the socks are knit both in the round and flat, with seaming done strategically at the end (see photo at right). And Anne is right there with you—via video tutorials—to guide you through the knitting and seaming process.

Thirdly, the diagonal lines (yellow in the photo) are done using duplicate stitch, which I think is really fun (it must be my history with cross-stitch!).

I spent about an hour reading about this sock, looking at the pattern, watching the videos, and  playing with the color chooser. I can't think of another time I've done that with a pattern in a magazine. I truly love the interactivity of Sockupied and the eMag format; it really does evoke the feeling of taking a class with a master teacher. (And there's also a fascinating article in the issue all about the origins and history of argyle knitting.)

After spending time with the McGonagall Socks, I can honestly say that I haven't been this motivated and excited about knitting a pair of socks in a long time!

Get your issue of the new Sockupied and start your sock knitting class today!


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Kathleen Cubley

About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

5 thoughts on “Sockupied: An interactive class in knitting socks!

  1. This is perfect timing for me..just started knitting a pair of socks for my grandson, the pattern doesn’t seem as straight forward to me , so off I go to see my mother and she’s been knitting socks for 55+ years, she didn’t get the pattern. I finally got the heel shaped and completed( a somewhat odd pair for practice) but, my true desire …is to knit cable detail socks..for my highland dancing granddaughter. Found a pattern in Socks in the City, by Patons. Please respond and let me know if there is instructional video for my challenge.