Class length
3 hours
 
Skill level
Intermediate (should have some experience knitting socks)
 
Supplies needed
Five 20-gram balls (100 grams total) of smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn (one for each of the five homework swatches)
1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, contrasting-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn
US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7" (18 cm) in length
Stitch markers
Scissors
Safety pins
 
Materials fee
None
 
Homework
Using one 20-gram ball of yarn for each of the five swatches:
Swatch 1: With double-pointed needles, cast on 24 stitches and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work k1, p1 rib for 1/2". Work stockinette stitch for 2". Work k1, p1 rib for 1/2". Bind off in pattern.
Swatches 2-5: With double-pointed needles, cast on 24 stitches and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Work k1, p1 rib for 1/2". Work stockinette stitch for 1". Place stitches on hold. Do not bind off. Do not cut yarn.

Techniques to be covered
Short-row heels
Traditional heels: toe up
Traditional heels: top down
Afterthought heels
Heel flap stitch patterns
Eliminating the hole at the corner of the heel

Kick Up Your Heels!

Kick Up Your Heels! photo

Class Description
Tube socks are out of style. Add some heel options to your sock-knitting skill set! Work a traditional sock heel from the top down and from the toe up, without those annoying holes at the corners. Insert a short-row heel into your sock-in-progress, or add it later as an afterthought! Also included: a discussion of different heel-flap stitch patterns and reinforcement options.