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Knit Original Cuff-Down Socks

with Donna Druchunas
Knit Original Cuff-Down Socks
Warm, cozy and cute — that's what your feet will be when you put them in hand-knit socks. Inspired, happy and proud — that's how you'll feel when you're the one who knit them by hand.

Master the traditional method of knitting socks with expert knitter and author Donna Druchunas. Donna guides you through sock fitting, heel shaping and stitch pattern choices. You'll learn to use three different needle types (double-pointed needles, two circular needles or the magic loop). Even super-experienced sock knitters will discover inspired variations on heels and toes, stitches, yarns, needles and colors. Whether you customize the universal pattern, or tackle one of Donna's three bonus sock designs, you will love the results.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet Donna Druchunas and find out all of the reasons why cuff-down sock knitting is a great technique.


Lesson 2. Anatomy of a Sock

  • Donna dissect the parts of a sock: cuff, leg, heel flap, heel turn, gusset, instep and toe.


Lesson 3. Design Considerations

  • Donna leads an in-depth discussion on pattern, yarn choices and sizing.


Lesson 4. Heels With Flaps & Turns

  • Learn how to make the Dutch heel and its curvier cousin, the French heel. Then learn which might work best for you.


Lesson 5. Short Row Heels

  • With Donna’s help, learn to master the sleek short-row heel.


Lesson 6. Toes

  • Round toes, wedge toes and short-row toes are your choices when knitting cuff-down. You’ll tackle the techniques for all three right here.


Lesson 7. Sock Planning Worksheet

  • Donna goes over the worksheet and all the measurements and calculations you need to get perfect-fitting socks.


Lesson 8. Knit the Cuff & Leg

  • Let's make socks! Cast on at the top, get started in ribbing, then work the leg in pattern.


Lesson 9. Knit the Heel & Foot

  • Construct the heel and top of the foot, with a heel flap, turn and gusset or without. You're on the home stretch now.


Lesson 10. Knit Toes & Finish

  • Choose your favorite toe and complete your sock with a low-stress version of the Kitchener stitch.


Lesson 11. Bonus: Calf Shaping

  • Learn how to adjust the pattern in a knee sock so it will fit over shapely calves.


Lesson 12. Bonus: Reading Charts

  • Speed up your stitch-pattern reading — and your knitting — by learning how to decipher knitting charts.

"I have knit socks for a while now. I have yet to learn everything there is to know about them so I was excited about this class. My A.M. tea time with Donna on my laptop felt like I was sitting next to a good friend. Lots of tips and tricks to learn, a few, "AHA! That's how they do that" moments. The lovely repeat button to catch something I didn't get the first time made it quite easy. I would recommend this class to beginners and old timers alike."
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