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Class - Sock Summer Camp



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Summer Sock Club will meet on select Saturday or Sunday mornings June - July - August, 10:00am - 12:30pm.  

Please review the class dates before you register.  You are regitering for Saturday dates or Sunday dates, not both.

Can't make it to all all meetings? NO PROBLEM!  This class is planned and priced assuming that you may need to miss a several meetings over the summer.

Open to sock knitters of all levels from first time sock makers to sock knitters wanting to build skills or resolve burning questions.  Work on your project of choice at your own pace or follow along in class with small exercises designed to let you practice each skill or topic.  Each class meeting will include demonstration and discussion, time for Q&A, and time to practice the skills being taught with a class exercise. You may always choose to work on your own project and just observe any of class demonstrations without doing the class exercise.  Topics and demonstrations will be relevant to sock construction and presented in a logical order so you could follow along in class and construct a sock of your own using the skills you learn - perfect for a novice sock maker or someonw wanting to try a new sock knitting method.

Skill Level Required:
Participants must know how to cast on, knit and purl, and bind off with comfortably without assistance.  
Knowledge of knitting in the round will be helpful but not required.
Some exposure to increases and decreases will be valuable but not required.


What we'll cover:
  • Sock planning and prep, overview of sock anatomy and terms, reviewing a pattern, choosing a size, dealing with gauge, selecting yarn, the great cuff-down or toe-up debate
  • Casting on for a Cuff-down socks and Toe-up socks including cast ons like twisted german, old norwiegian, double, knitted, Jeny's stretchy, figure 8, turkish, winding, and Judy's magic cast on.
  • Methods for knitting small circumferences in the round including small circumference circulars, magic loop, two circulrs at a time, and double pointed needles.
  • Various heel constructions like flap-and-gusset, flapless gusset heels like Strong and Fleegle, short row or boomrange heels, and after thought heels
  • Toe shapes, gusset placement, arch accomodations and heel hacks.
  • Tips and tricks for fixing mistakes, dropped stitches, unknitting, and ripping out several rows.
  • Binding off for Cuff-down and Toe-up socks, kitchener stitch, three needle bind off, stretchy bind offs.
  • Class topics may increase or decrease according to class needs and as time permits.
Pattern Suggestions:
You are welcome to use any sock pattern.  Looking for a sock pattern or sock reference books? We can recommend the following:

Materials:
Materials will vary based on your project, pattern, yarn, and size choices.  As always at Cloverhill you are not required to purchase class yarn or materials from us for a class or lesson.  You may use any appropriate yarn from your stash.  If you do purchase yarn from Cloverhill we'll give you 10% Off any regular priced yarn purchsed for class.  


Class Agenda:
The first class will be mostly lecture style to get everyoneon the same footing and help Stephanie know where the class wants to go as far as skills and topics most requested by participants.  The very first class will include introductions, an overview of sock terms, information on reading a sock pattern, and other topics useful for picking and planning a sock project.  If time permits we will begin to learn about cast ons for cuff down socks on the first day of class.

Following classes will introduce additional topics. Most classes will include an optional class exersice to let you practice the skill even if you are not at that point in an actual sock.  You will have ample time to make a sock at your own pace over several weeks. Speedy kitters or those working with thicker yarns may even start a second project or a second sock.  Remember, everyone has different amounts of time to commit to knitting outside of class.  If somone appears to be making more progress on their project they just happen to have more time to knit.  You will need to do 1-2" of knitting each week - the time commitment related to your knitting will depend on the thickness of yarn you are using and the size of the sock.  If you think you may be short on time to knit between classes this class can still be a great fit for you to get exposed to lots of sock related information.

What to bring to the first class:
  • Note taking materials
  • Sock pattern(s) or books with socks you are interested in making.  
  • A foot and a sock. (or a shoe size for the foot in question if it isn't your own)
  • Tape measure
  • Yarn and needles to practice cast ons for cuff down socks (if time permits) 
    • yarn can be worsted weight or DK weight so you can see what's happening
    • needles should be a size that works well with the yarn you are playing with. Go with a circular knitting method you already know - DPN, Magic Loop, 2 Circulars - or jump in with 9" circulars if you don't know what any of that means.  You can use straight needles for this portion if you  aren't sure what kind of circular needle method you will want to use. 

Pre-Class Homeworks:
Class exercises may require pre-class homework to make the best use of class time.  Information on upcoming class exersises and any related pre-class home work (or target milestone on your actual sock) will be emailed between each class.  Please make sure to provide a good email adress when you register for class.


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This is considered an intermediate or intermediate-to-advanced class due to the construction methods used to form different parts of a sock.
Instructor: Stephanie
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