Convert Socks Toe Up To Top Down

Okay, so you’ve mastered how to convert top down to toe up instructions. What if you’re a top down sock knitter who wants to knit a toe up pattern? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this second part of our sock series, Kate Atherley explains how to transform toe up instructions into top down […]

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A frequent source of controversy in the sock-knitting world revolves around one simple question: Do you knit top down or toe up? Be at peace, sock knitters. With a little planning, converting socks to go the other way can be done! The objective here isn’t to get an exact match—heel and gusset constructions are often pretty different […]

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Socktoberfest: 5 Ways to Work a Sock Toe

When knitting socks, there are many versions of the top-down sock toe: some pointy, some square, some round; some short, some long; some that require grafting, some that don’t. Each method for working sock toe decreases creates a slightly different look and shape. There are five main variables that control the shape and length of […]

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Pattern Play: At the Same Time

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series by Kate Atherley explains how. At the same time: These four words sometimes appear in knitting patterns, and they can […]

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Pattern Play: And Again…On Repeats

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series by Kate Atherley explains how. Knitting is a repetitive activity: in any project, you work the knit stitch many, many […]

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Pattern Play: Cast-Ons

A great finished product starts at the beginning. Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series by Kate Atherley explains how. Originally published in knitscene Fall 2016. There […]

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Pattern Play: Size Matters

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series explains how. We’ve all been there—that point at which we fall in love with a knitted garment pattern but agonize […]

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Pattern Play: Knitting Notions

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series explains how. In this issue, designer and tech editor Kate Atherley is here to share her knitting notions case must-haves, […]

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Pattern Play: Achieving Gauge

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series explains how. For this portion of our digital lesson,  Kate Atherley explains exactly how to master the essential part of any […]

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Pattern Play: Choosing Yarn

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series explains how. Designer and tech editor Kate Atherley has a passion for helping knitters better understand knitting patterns. We’ve invited Kate […]

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