Sock Machine Knitting 101 - Sleuth-footed Mysteries Unraveled

Kari Elliot

Friday All Day

Dropped stiches, holey heels, socks that don't fit when you sew up those toes. Sound familiar? If you are new to CSMs or just need a refresher to get you up and cranking again, this class will help solve those mysteries and let you fall in love with your machine. There are so many tips and tricks for the new knitter and there will be plenty of time to make some progress. We will cover information on tools, fibers, add-ins, and weights and techniques. You will learn hem top socks, picot edges, mock rib designs, round toes, some patterning with lace and puff work, fingerless mitts and what to do with your fresh socks to keep them looking and wearing great. This class is set up for "See, Do, Review". We will move through the demonstration, and then you will have practice time and hands on help if you need it.

Skill Level: This class is intended for those who are new to Circular sock machine knitting, or who are finally finding the time to pull that little gem out of the closet and need a refresher course. There will be ample time for questions and hands on help.
If your machine isn't tuned up and ready to crank, you will need to have it tuned up prior to the class. You may contact me at my Tacoma Studio to set an appointment for adjustments, as due to the size of the class there will not be time to repair or do more than slight tension adjustments and needle changes.

Material fee: $35 You will receive one skein of great quality sock yarn, practice yarn, some added tools and other goodies to make your work easier, more interesting and less stressful. Charts, patterns and helpful handouts. There will be an electric winder in class for your use.

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Student Supplies: Student must have a working CSM, stand or table to set up, your manual, spare needles, oil, working tools, scissors, darning needle, pliers, screwdrivers, weights, practice yarn. I will be teaching on a 72 slot cylinder, but you can use 60 or 54 just as easily. Math may be involved! so be prepared with a calculator. As I am not sure how the lighting is in the room, you may want to bring a small light and a long cord if your eyes need some help. There should be plenty of room, but you won't need to bring your whole stash to class.

Homework: The first hour will cover basic function, care and feeding of your little friend, ergonomic positioning to keep your body healthy for many years of comfortable cranking sessions, as well as information on what fibers are most appetizing for your cylinder sizes and desired outcomes. It will be helpful if you are familiar with the names of the parts. Also, make certain you have oil and a cloth to lay down under your machine. An old bath rug with backing works well.