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Kate Atherley: Soxpertise

OK, you’ve worked a few socks. Now it’s time to expand your skills a bit. In this class you’ll learn how to tweak a sock for better fit, including adding a gusset to the toe-up sock and creating leg shaping. Kate will address the tricky bits like how to avoid holes at the top of your heel, how to get a tidy gusset pick up, and special cast-ons and cast offs. She’ll talk about both toe up and top down socks, and discuss different heel and toe constructions – and when to choose one over another. Kate also will cover the best yarns for sock knitting, and provide tips for ensuring your hand-knit socks last as long as possible. 

Skill level Intermediate; students must have knitted a few pairs of socks.

Supplies A second color of scrap yarn in the same weight.

Homework Work about 1 inch of (k1, p1) ribbing in the round on 40 stitches with worsted-weight yarn, using 4-4.5mm/US #6-7.

Author Kate Atherley was taught to knit as a child by her grandmother. She is a mathematician and refugee from the technology industry. She has written several books. The first two are friendly and easy-to-use books of patterns and guidance for knitters looking to expand their skills. Beyond Knit and Purl teaches a wide range of skills and Knit Accessories: Essential and Variations provides all your go-to patterns for winter accessories, and allows you to dip your toe into designing and customizing your own. Pattern Writing for Knit Designers is the industry’s first guide specifically written to help knit designers of all levels create easy-to-follow, high quality knitting patterns. Her latest book is Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet. Kate is the lead technical editor for Knitty and she says “It’s just about my dream job!”  She teaches regularly at stores around Ontario, Canada as well as Vogue Live, Interweave’s Yarn Fest and Squam Art Workshops. She lives in Toronto with her husband and challenging but mostly adorable rescue hound Dexter.

Click the Add to Cart button below to sign up and pay for your Soxpertise with Kate Atherley workshop via Paypal.

Any cancellations for the Kate Atherley workshops must be done by the end of the day on Dec. 27 in order to receive a full refund*. After Dec. 27, we will only issue a refund as a credit to your account (less a 20 percent cancellation fee) when we have secured a replacement for your spot from our waiting list. *Please allow 10-14 days for the processing of your refund.

Instructor: Kate Atherley
Instructor Bio: Kate Atherley

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