Sockupied: An interactive class in knitting socks!
|Anne Berk's McGonagall Socks|
When I was first knitting, I took a lot of classes. I searched yarn shop class offerings for techniques I wanted to learn and I signed up for several classes each session.
As I got more experienced, however, I found that I learned better from books and magazines. I like to take my time with new techniques and try them out on actual patterns instead of the swatches I worked on in most of the classes.
That's why I'm so happy with Sockupied. It's the best of both worlds—a digital magazine with videos, diagrams, in-depth technique studies, and beautiful patterns!
Case in point: Anne Berk's McGonagall Socks. I've been wanting to do an argyle project for a long time, and I enjoy knitting socks, so how perfect is this? (And I love the Harry Potter reference!)
There are a lot of aspects of knitting these socks that make them a really fun, interesting project.
|Here's a fun color plan for an argyle sock; my friend Annie picked this color scheme to honor her alma mater University of MIchigan.|
|This is what the McGonagall sock looks like when the knitting is complete, pre-seaming. Doesn't this look fun?|
First off is choosing the colors. There are myriad color combos you can choose, of course, but Sockupied makes it easy to try before you buy with a color selecting program that lets you see how your color choices will look before you commit (see photo at right for a sample).
Secondly, the socks are knit both in the round and flat, with seaming done strategically at the end (see photo at right). And Anne is right there with you—via video tutorials—to guide you through the knitting and seaming process.
Thirdly, the diagonal lines (yellow in the photo) are done using duplicate stitch, which I think is really fun (it must be my history with cross-stitch!).
I spent about an hour reading about this sock, looking at the pattern, watching the videos, and playing with the color chooser. I can't think of another time I've done that with a pattern in a magazine. I truly love the interactivity of Sockupied and the eMag format; it really does evoke the feeling of taking a class with a master teacher. (And there's also a fascinating article in the issue all about the origins and history of argyle knitting.)
After spending time with the McGonagall Socks, I can honestly say that I haven't been this motivated and excited about knitting a pair of socks in a long time!