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Help Me Pick What’s Next

My 1st Pair!
My 1st Pair!

I finally finished my first pair of socks and am ready for even more. The class I took: My First Socks, was absolutely fantastic for learning how to knit a basic pair of socks. The instructions were very clear and showed common pitfalls and why things were done. The first pair is in worsted weight yarn so you can see all the stitches you are making. The class also included a pattern for a sock weight yarn pair that I’m working on next.

Now that I’ve finished these, I want to learn a new technique, but I can’t decide which one. So, I’m asking you guys to help me out by voting. What do you think I should learn next? Or what would you like to hear about? If you’ve ever wanted to knit socks, what would you want to learn?

My choices are below. I pay for all these classes myself, so consider that as well when choosing for me. If you happen to try one of these classes, these links will give me a little bit a moola that I’ll use to help me pay for my classes, so be sure to sign up if you are interested.

I did sign up for the class below already. It is a free knit along and has the same instructor from my first socks class. She was a great teacher and I think this class will be just as fabulous.

Knit-Along 2016: SocksFREE!!

Let instructor Lucy Neatby guide you to sock-cess! In this one-of-a-kind knit-along, you’ll receive two new lessons and a new design each month, so you can knit your way through three exciting knitted sock patterns. Start with the smocked Guernsey sock, as you learn how to work from cuff down, create a sturdy slip-stitch heel and work a toe chimney. Then, move on to the toe-up Serpentine sock, where you’ll knit beautiful cable patterning, the garter short row heel and even a nifty I-cord cuff. Want a project with a little more color? You’ll complete your knit-along with the Windowpane sock, as Lucy teaches you how to work a double-thick cuff, a two-color slip-stitch leg and the swirly star toe.

 

So here are the choices:

Knit Original Cuff-Down Socks – $39.99

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 – $39.99

Embrace the time-tested method of toe-up knitting! Join popular instructor Donna Druchunas, and learn how to create your own seamless sock design by mixing and matching different features. Start class by learning about the anatomy of a sock before moving on to the shaping and stitch patterns you can use. For toes, Donna will lay out the steps to the moccasin toe, the wedge toe and the short row toe. When you move on, you’ll discover how to create afterthought heels, gusset heels and short row heels. Want to ensure sock success before you start? Donna will guide you through taking accurate measurements and planning your sock using an included worksheet. Plus, you’ll learn great tips and tricks for polished finishing and receive three free patterns included with class!

Knit Sock Workshop – $39.99

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.

Essential Techniques for Sock Knitting – $29.99

Conquer sock knitting essentials that ensure success! Join designer Ann Budd and learn little details that make things easier at every step. During class, you’ll see how to knit identical socks toe-up and cuff-down, and find out how to troubleshoot any tricky situations that pop up along the way. Ann will begin by demonstrating how to take accurate measurements before helping you conquer popular sock cast-ons and bind-offs. For variety, you’ll discover new heel and toe styles, and Ann will share methods for shaping. With these skills you can accommodate for the unique features of any feet! Plus, throughout class you’ll learn the classic techniques that lead to great socks, from picking up stitches to grafting.

I’ll be making my choice once I finish the sock weight pair I’m making, so hopefully within a week or so. I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Giving It Another Try

What am I giving another try?

 
 
Knitting.
 

I’ve picked up the sticks a couple of times in the past, but could never quite get the hang of it. I didn’t know anyone who could help me with hands on experience and learning from a book was not happening for me.

So, I kept giving up.

 

I finally decided to give it one more try. There were a couple of reasons.

  1. I want to learn to knit wool socks for the family to keep our feet warm during winter. I think some things are better knitted (like socks) and some are better crocheted (like slippers), so I want to really give learning a try and make some super cute socks in the process.
  2. People ask all the time for knitting versions of my patterns. Can’t really do that if I don’t understand knitting.

So I got out my needles that I had bought so long ago, but I still didn’t have anyone close to teach me. So, I went to Craftsy.

I work with Craftsy on a pretty regular basis (plus I’m an affiliate, so clicking on Craftsy links give me a small bit of change to keep the blog running) and wanted to give one of their knitting classes a try. See if I could finally understand all the stuff I couldn’t before.

I tried out Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel.


Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques

Though there are a couple of beginner knitting classes, this one seemed like the most basic that would walk me through all the stuff I needed to learn.

This class was just what I needed.

This class first walks you through casting on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch. It shows up-close perspectives, which is what I really needed and I finally got the hang of it.

 

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My First Finished Project

 
After the basics, she then has you work on the scarf you see above. You learn increasing and decreasing, plus some basic lace. I loved that it was all wrapped up in a project that you can actually use after you finish it.

But that’s not all.
 

Swatch, swatch and more swatch.
Swatch, swatch and more swatch.

 
After the scarf, you still have lesson after lesson of increasing, decreasing and some popular stitch patterns (seed stitch and basketweave). It was perfect for a person like me who really needs to see each step.

Another awesome thing about the class (and all classes on Craftsy) is that you can leave questions while watching and the instructor will answer them. So to the right of the screen there are all the questions all the students that have taken the class have asked with their replies. So mostly all the questions I had were already asked, but it was awesome to see ones I hadn’t thought of. So that gave me extra knowledge that I might not known I needed.

A couple other cool features of the class is you can take notes while watching and they will show up on a timeline of where you took them during the class (so you can find your place very easily). And there is a 30 second repeat button. You press the button and the video will loop for 30 seconds over and over till you turn it off. So you can watch the same stitch being made over and over until you get without having to constantly rewind it.

I can’t say enough great things about this Craftsy class. It has really enabled me to actually knit now.

I also took another class right after I finished this one.

Being a crocheter, continental style knitting (where you hold your yarn tail in your left hand instead of your right) just comes naturally. However, trying to purl the way Stephanie was doing it in my previous video, was not working well for me. I tried holding my yarn as I do for crochet and that was really difficult to purl with as well. So I found this class:


Knit Faster With Continental Knitting

This class was perfect. It showed me a fantastic way to work my purl stitches that clicked right away.

I was just hoping to find a better way to purl, but she also worked through a lot of ways to work faster while knitting all kinds of stitches.  She also explained how to get my stitches as even as possible. These topics weren’t covered in the other class I took, so that was even more bang for my buck.
 

What’s Next?

 
I’ve restarted my Knitcrate subscription (I put on pause while moving), but this time I opted for the “knitter newbies” pack. It is supposed to help me learn and give me projects, yarn and needles each month to learn new things. My first package is arriving today, so you’ll be seeing a post on it in a day or two.
 

Plus, I’m signing up for my next Craftsy class.


Knit Lab: In the Round

 
This class is my next step in learning to knit socks. All my current knitting is flat. So the same instructor I started with will now teach me to work in the round. There are a bunch of cute projects to make in the class too (some are shown in the photo).

Then after that, it will be time.

 


My First Socks

 
I will make my first socks. I’m trying to not rush my learning, but I was so excited about the thought of my first socks that I had to get these:

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Some clear rain boots to show off my work. I couldn’t just keep them under wraps in boring old regular boots now could I?

 
 

Any Advice?

Are you a combo crafter? Do you knit and crochet? Which one did you learn first and do you have any tips or tricks to help my knitting along? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.