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Sunday 04/13/2014, 8:30 am - 11:30 am
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Knit a Japanese Sock with Gayle Roehm
Japanese knitters are discovering the joys of knitting socks, and more sock patterns are appearing in Japanese publications. Try your hand at a Japanese sock from a charted pattern. Like all Japanese patterns, it’s almost entirely graphic and easy to follow once you’ve mastered interpreting the schematics and charts. We’ll use (with permission) a free pattern to get you started. It’s a cuff-down
basic sock, with a short-row heel that you may not have seen before. We’ll swatch a heel and a toe, and review the conventions of other kinds of heels and toes that you may encounter. You'll be able to finish the sock at home. These techniques are not new to experienced sock knitters, but you’ll be interested by the way they’re charted, rather than written out. Bring in any Japanese sock or slipper design that you may have questions about.
Sock yarn for swatching and needles for your preferred method of knitting in the round (DPNs, two circulars or magic loop)
Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.
Using sock yarn and your preferred method of knitting in the round, cast on 56 stitches and knit a few rounds in stockinette stitch. Do not cast off.