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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


Lesson 3. Design Considerations


Lesson 4. Heels With Flaps & Turns


Lesson 5. Short Row Heels


Lesson 6. Toes


Lesson 7. Sock Planning Worksheet


Lesson 8. Knit the Cuff & Leg


Lesson 9. Knit the Heel & Foot


Lesson 10. Knit Toes & Finish


Lesson 11. Bonus: Calf Shaping


Lesson 12. Bonus: Reading 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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