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Sock Techniques 1 DVD


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Skills, techniques, and tips that all sock knitters need to know.

Covered here are a variety of strong elestic cast-on edges, how to easily establish knitting in the round with one or two circulars or double pointed needles, fail-safe toe grafting without loose stitches, relaxed bind-offs, fun cuffs, sock anatomy, and how to adjust the common heel for the best fit.

The nearly 3 hour DVD contains knitter's-eye-view shots, accompanied by Lucy's lucid commentary on how to achieve the technique, why you might wish to use it, and what exactly is going on.

All the techniques covered in this DVD can also be found described or incorporated into patterns in Lucy Neatby's book \"Cool Socks Warm Feet\".

Amy says: I love Lucy and you will too. This DVD will allow you to approach any sock pattern with an excellent foundation of knowledge. It starts with an overview of how a sock is constructed. You can then view the menu sections for a variety of decorative edgings and other techniques. She covers the common top-down construction entirely, with the common heel turn clearly demonstrated, and the wedge toe as well. She also includes cast-ons and bind-offs appropriate to toe-up construction. She does most demonstrations on double pointed needles, and includes short tutorials on using one and two circular needles. She does not provide a sock pattern with the DVD, but you will certainly find the assortment of techniques appropriate to the vast majority of sock patterns out there (including, of course, patterns in her own sock book).

DVD Topics Include:


  • Choosing Yarn for Socks
  • Choosing Needles for Socks
  • Sock Anatomy and Fitting
  • Common turned heel
  • Tubular sock with an inserted heel
  • Comparison of common and inserted heels

Bind-Off Methods

  • Picot
  • Modified Conventional knitwise
  • Modified Conventional purlwise and in rib
  • The last stitch, joining the gap
  • Expanded rib
  • Three Needle

Cast-On Methods

  • Long-Tail / Continental (with two hands)
  • Adjusting the width of your cast-on edge
  • Adjusting the tension of your cast-on stitches
  • Looking after your tail yarn
  • Long-Tail / Continental (one-hand)
  • Long-Tail variation for an extra strong elastic edge (ideal for socks)
  • Picot
  • Provisional Crochet
  • Setting up working in the round with a provisional edge
  • Working in the round down from a provisional edge

Cuffs and Edgings for Top-Down Socks

  • Latvian Twist
  • Ruffled Turn-Over (simulating round knitting) and a purlwise double decrease
  • Scalloped Turn-Over
  • Wavy Edge (K2, O, k2, k2t)

Cuffs and Edgings for Toe-Up Socks

  • Expanding a 2 x 2 Rib with a m1 increase and 'working as set'
  • Binding off an Expanded 2 x 2 edge
  • Double Layer Rib facing with double turning round
  • Garter stitch in the round

Finishing Techniques

  • Duplicate Stitch (Swiss Darning)
  • Circular Sutures, the Boggle and naturally occurring holes
  • Phoney duplicate stitching
  • Joining the gap in a cast-on edge, and neatening yarn tails
  • Joining the gap in a bound-off edge
  • Darning ends from toes
  • Grafting the Toe (Kitchener Stitch)
  • Make the sock Toe Chimney
  • Using the sock Toe Chimney

Common Heel

  • Dividing for the heel flap Working the Heel Flap in Alternative Heel Stitch
  • Checking the length of the heel flap
  • Areas of Adjustment in the Heel flap
  • Turning the heel and using a reinforcing yarn
  • Areas of Adjustment in turning the heel
  • Knitting up the stitches around the heel and resuming working in the round
  • Stitch distribution and the first round
  • Areas of Adjustment after turning the heel

Toes - Common Wedge

  • Shapings for the Common wedge

Working in the Round with Double Pointed Needles

  • Casting on and dividing the stitches
  • Joining the round and setting up the needles
  • Circulating stitches, starting with a knit or a purl?
  • Transporting your work
  • Running yarn markers
  • Three needles when working with few stitches

Working in the Round with One Long Circular Needle

  • Casting on and joining the round
  • Working on one long circular needle

Working in the Round with Two Circular Needles

  • Casting on and joining the round
  • Working on two circular needles

Tips for Great Socks

Garment Gallery

  • A brief look at a selection of garments incorporating many of the techniques covered

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