Make Your First Knitted Socks

Sock knitting is hugely popular for a variety of reasons. Sock projects are much more portable than sweaters, they’re ideal for gifting, and there are so many wonderful, beautiful, and fun yarns for knitted socks. And it’s not as difficult as it might seem, really! Knitting socks is very straightforward, making them great projects for […]

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Get Started with Intarsia Knitting

One of the fun things about knitting is the color! You can choose to work projects in a variegated multicolor yarn, of course, but with those you’ve got no control over how the colors appear. It’s better when you can create your own color patterns—like intarsia knitting—using multiple shades in a single project. There are […]

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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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