Donna Druchunas
Craftsy Instructor


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Donna Druchunas escaped a corporate cubicle to honor her passions for knitting, world travel, research and writing. She is the author of Arctic Lace, Successful Lace Knitting, Kitty Knits and Ethnic Knitting Exploration: Lithuania, Iceland, and Ireland. She teaches workshops around the world on topics such as rug knitting, spinning and dying, Lithuanian socks, Japanese sweaters and Norwegian pullovers. Donna lives in a 150 year old New England ... Read Full Bio »

Donna's Craftsy Classes

Knit Sock Workshop

Designer and author Donna Druchunas walks you through knitting socks from the ground up. From casting on to binding off, Donna details simple steps to make intricate sock patterns easy and enjoyable. Once you've worn handmade socks, your feet won't be satisfied with anything else. Donna introduces you to knitting from the toe up so you can try on the sock as you knit and adjust the height of the cuff. You will discover two techniques for starting a sock, three different heel techniques, and usefuls tips and tricks like the figure-8 cast-on and stretchy bind-off. Learn to read charts and use double-pointed or circular needles to create lace and stranded colorwork in the round.


Knit Original Cuff-Down Socks

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.


Knit Original Toe-Up Socks

Say goodbye forever to the Kitchener stitch and embrace toe-up knitting, an ancient technique that's quickly gaining new fans. Donna shows you how to create your own sock design by combining different heels and toes with beautiful stitch patterns. Three bonus sock patterns are included. Warm and 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. Ready, willing, and able - that's what Craftsy is when it comes to helping you knit socks from the toe up!

$29.99 $39.99

Donna's Craftsy Workshops

Lacy Leaves

$7.99  $15.99  

Meet Donna

Upcoming Events

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Sep 03, 2014 - Sep 07, 2014
Fiber College of Maine One of my favorite classes I teach is Design Your Own Lace Stitches. I?m teaching a special 2-day version of this class at Fiber College of Maine on September 3rd and 4th, and there are still openings! Sign up today! In this class we cover both the artistic and technical sides of designing original hand-knit lace, looking at many samples in my personal collection.This class is not just for designers or aspiring designers. If you knit lace and you?ve thought about creating a one-of-a-kind piece that reflects your personal style, this class is for you. You?ll learn how to find inspiration all around you and use the creativity and knitting skills that you already have to design and knit unique pieces that tell the story of your life. But, if you ARE a designer and you want to take the next step from designing garments using a stitch library to creating your own unique stitches, this class will bring you into the next phase of your career! Don?t miss out. I rarely get to teach the extended version of this class, and it?s jam packed with ideas, inspiration, techniques, tips, and the ?physics of knitting? specifically as applied to lace. You will learn more about using yarn overs and decreases to form an openwork knitting than you can even imagine! Plus we?ll talk about borders, fabric bias, shawl shapes, and more? and take it all the way to creating a plan for your original garment design. Sign up today! Here?s the formal class description: Designing Your Own Lace with Donna Druchunas Eskimo women in Alaska have been knitting qiviut (musk ox down) into lace since the 1960s. In this workshop, we will examine their unique pattern stitches, inspired by Eskimo artifacts, and learn how to chart our own custom lace patterns by adapting designs from other art forms. We will start by charting a basic diamond using yarn overs, then we will study several types of decreases and learn how each decrease works to create a different result with the same arrangement of yarn overs. We will also learn how to accentuate lace patterns with an outline stitch. Each student will then design and chart several lace patterns, and knit a swatch of each to see what works and what doesn?t work on the needles. Finally, we will review basic patterns for lace projects such as scarves, stoles, and ponchos, and each student will work on designing a project. Sign up today!

Donna's Patterns

Belarus Hood -


Spring's First Blush -


Amish Oval Rug

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Donna's Projects

Lithuanian Raglan Pullover Sweater
Lithuanian Fingerless Gloves
Lithuanian Wristers
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