Ready to dip your toes into sock knitting? Start working fantastic footwear with an afterthought heel alongside knitting designer and author Susan B. Anderson. Discover the benefits of this fun, unique method and see what supplies you need to have on hand. Then, find your specific measurements, start your socks with Judy's Magic Cast-On and practice using both double-pointed and magic loop needles for versatility. Take the next step in sock knitting as you learn how to knit an even toe increase, check gauge and find your ideal foot length, and even incorporate an afterthought heel placeholder. Move on to customizing your socks with Susan's tips for simple stitch patterns, stylish cuffs and a stretchy bind-off. End your socks successfully by returning to your afterthought heel to pick up stitches, work the Kitchener stitch, weave in ends and use blocking to make your stitches shine.
Susan B. Anderson, author of "Itty-Bitty Toys," shares her secrets for fun and easy toy creation. The included giraffe pattern is shaped with simple increases and decreases and finished with a sweet hand-stitched face, perky horns and pompom mane and tail. He measures 20" (50 cm) from horns to hooves – the perfect size for snuggling – and knits up fast and seamless in just a few hours. Because you stuff and stitch together as you go, when you're done, you're done! Finish with a soft and sturdy handmade toy to be treasured for a lifetime.
Knit along with Susan B. Anderson as she shows you how to use double-pointed needles to shape three different heads: a baby elephant, an adorable bunny and a winsome hippo. Then pick up stitches to create the rest of the toy, using the same body for all three Wee Ones. Add arms and legs, perky ears and tails and an embroidered face and your Wee Ones are ready to give, or keep for yourself! Along the way, you'll learn to master the wrap and turn technique to make short rows, create afterthought features, work top down and finish with the Kitchener stitch — all great skills for future projects! Sign up today and get a bonus itty-bitty striped sweater lesson. These sweet little animals will become your go-to knitted gift!