Welcome to Our FREE Toe-Up Socks Knitalong

Toe up socks Malabrigo worsted rios rbg smWelcome to our first KnitFreedom knitalong! We will be knitting a pair of worsted-weight toe-up socks, two-at-a-time on Magic Loop. One lucky knitter will get free live Zoom sessions with me to answer all their questions. Six lucky knitters will get to participate in the free live weekly Q&A. Click here to learn about and join the free knitalong.

Knitalong Lesson 1: Welcome to the Knitalong - 06/06/20

Liat Welcome Knitalong VideoWelcome to the June 2020 Toe-Up Socks Knitalong! I’m so glad to have you here. Now that you’re signed up and ready to go, watch the video to hear what’s in store.

Knitalong Lesson 2: Yarn Recommendations - 06/06/20

Fynn Worsted Superwash Merino Yarn at ImagiknitYou’ll need 180 yds of worsted-weight yarn to knit your socks. We have partenered with Imagiknit in San Francisco to get you a 15% discount on yarn and supplies for this knitalong. Use coupon code “knitfreedom” to get 15% off. UPDATE: We may be getting a discount code to WEBS yarn (yarn.com) as well! I’ll send you an email by Friday, June 12th.

Knitalong Lesson 3: I’m Here! Video Update to Get Back In Touch - 06/09/20

Knitalong Video Screenshot 2 Im Here 6920I recorded a video just to say I’m here and I’m sorry it’s taken this long to get underway! I had some Internet trouble but I’m back online and 100% committed to supporting you during this knitalong.

Knitalong Lesson 4: Quick Update – WEBS discount and Practice Magic Loop - 06/11/20

Tiny tube knitted in the round on Magic Loop - green yarnWe are working on getting you a 15% discount to Yarn.com (WEBS – America’s Yarn Store) by tomorrow (Friday the 12th).

Please use your time now to practice Magic Loop while you are waiting for the knitting part of the knitalong to begin.

Knitalong Lesson 5: 15% Discount on WEBS Yarn for Knitalong - 06/12/20

Cascade 220 Superwash Aran Duck Egg turquoiseHappy day! WEBS (America’s Yarn Store) is offering KnitFreedom knitalong knitters 15% off recommended yarns for your worsted-weight socks. Use the promo code “knitfreedom” for selected worsted-weight yarns.

Knitalong Lesson 6: Which Pattern Should I Use for the Knitalong? - 06/12/20

Purple toe-up socks with heel flap, shown out of car windowIt’s time to choose your pattern and prepare your yarn and needles. The pattern you choose depends on if you want to do basic, beginner socks or more challenging heel-flap socks. You can also use a thick yarn (worsted weight) or a thinner, sock-weight yarn (fingering-weight). A generic pattern works for those who have other needs.

Knitalong Lesson 7: Find/Buy Your Toe-Up Socks Class and Read the First Two Chapters - 06/17/20

We’re almost ready to knit! We just need to make sure you have access to your Toe-Up Socks class. This is where you will be watching the videos to learn how to knit two-at-a-time Toe-Up Socks. Buy it now at 50% off for the knitalong.

Knitalong Lesson 8: Enter the Drawing for Individualized Coaching - 06/19/20

LiatHeadshot KFSignaturePose V1 TurquoiseScarf 200x200 SquareCropAs part of this free knitalong, 7 lucky knitters will get one-on-one or group coaching with me. We will be doing a random drawing to choose the “winners.” Enter the drawing using the widget – it’s as easy as clicking “Enter!”

Knitalong Lesson 9: What Size Socks Should I Make? Pick Your Size and Circle Your Numbers - 06/20/20

Bodhi with two-at-a-time toe-up socksTime to measure your feet! To know which size socks to make, use a tape measure and measure around the widest part (the ball) of your foot. Once you choose your size, go through the pattern and circle the numbers that apply to your size.

Knitalong Lesson 10: Where to Ask Questions if You’re Knitting Ahead - 06/22/20

Woman with question marks above headIf you are one of those intrepid knitters who has worked ahead of the group, and you have questions on topics coming up (e.g. cast-on or heel turn…), I’ve created a special section of the knitalong for you.

Knitalong Lesson 11: Cast On - 06/26/20

It’s time to learn to cast on for toe-up socks! This is the hardest part of toe-up socks, and you will feel so accomplished once you do it. If your yarn and/or needles haven’t arrived yet, you can use scrap yarn to practice this cast-on.

Knitalong Lesson 12: Learn JMCO for Two-at-a-Time - 07/03/20

It’s time to ACTUALLY CAST ON for your two-at-a-time, toe-up socks. Hooray! Get your yarn and needles and Go to the appropriate chapter in your Toe-Up Socks class. Watch the video there on how to cast on for toe-up socks two-at-a-time.

Knitalong Lesson 13: Knit First Round and Start Increasing for Toe - 07/08/20

Gilles' toe-up, two-at-a-time socks - Toes DoneOnce you have knitted one plain round, it’s time to begin increasing for your toes. Watch the two videos explaining and demonstrating the increases for toe-up socks: “How the Toe Increases Work” and “Increasing on Your Socks.”

Knitalong Lesson 14: Updated Cast-On Instructions, and Take Your Time! - 07/11/20

Judy's Magic Cast-On (JMCO) - Updated InstructionsI have an updated Judy’s Magic Cast-On video for you where you don’t have to knit any stitches through the back loop. Also, if you’re overwhelmed, tired, or sad, just know that I care.

Knitalong Lesson 15: Tips for Your Toes - 07/20/20

Two-at-a-time socks in process of being transferred from one set of circular needles to the otherFor those of you still on the toe (which is where we are officially in the knitalong), I have gathered another handful of tips and tricks inspired by reader questions and comments.

Knitalong Lesson 16: Heel Choices - 08/01/20

Toe Up Socks Fleegle Heel editedAs you finish the foot and approach the heel, here are some tips: Re-work forgotten increases without taking out your work, choose the best heel for your sock, and follow our Faux-Heel-Flap video if you’re knitting the faux-heel-flap sock.

Knitalong Resource: Frequently Asked Questions - 06/05/20

I want to use fingering-weight yarn for my sock during the knitalong… Will 40-inch needles work for two-at-a-time?… Did you send out the coupon yet for us to buy yarn?… Your frequent questions, answered.

Required Course: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks

Toe-up socks are the hippest and most addictive project in knitting right now, and it's easy to see why.

Knitters love making their socks from the toe-up because they can try on as they go, knit two-at-a-time, and there's no heel flap or picking up stitches.

The ideal project for any intermediate knitter to learn, improve, and enjoy.

Knitalong Pattern: Basic Worsted-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern

ShiBui Worsted Toe-Up Socks A free basic worsted weight sock pattern for toe-up socks, knit one– or two-at-a-time, using Magic Loop. This is the pattern I use to teach sock-knitting to first-time sock-knitters, and they always get great results.

Sign up or log in to download this free pattern.

Alternate Pattern: Basic Fingering-Weight Toe-Up Sock Pattern

Here is a free basic beginner pattern for fingering weight socks, toe-up socks, one– or two-at a time, using Magic Loop. It’s the one I use in all my classes, and my students always get great results.

Sign up or log in to download this free pattern.

Recommended Circular Needles: Addi Turbo by Skacel

Addi Turbo Needles - Closeup of Tips

My favorite circular needles for knitting FAST. The blunt tips don’t hurt your fingertips, and the joins are smooth as silk.

My recommended needle lengths are:
– 47″ for two-at-a-time knitting
– 40″ for anything else on Magic Loop
– 30-47″ for Moebius knitting

Buy Addi Turbo online

Recommended Fabric Care: Soak by Soak Wash

Soak Wool Wash Celebration Scent square sm

My favorite no-rinse wool wash for blocking your knit garments. Comes in lovely scents and also unscented. Just squirt some in cold water and add your garment (or gauge swatch) and let soak for 15-20 minutes. Squeeze to remove water and lay flat to dry or block.

Buy Soak online

Recommended Fabric Care: Sock Blockers by Knitter's Pride

Aqua Sock Blockers Medium Knitters Pride square

Sock blockers are the perfect way to make your finished socks look their best. Whether you are going to keep them for yourself or give the socks as a gift, the last step before you wear your knit socks is always to block them. The even and smooth shape persists even after machine washing and drying.

Buy Sock Blockers online

Testimonial: I’m So Very Grateful for Your Confidence in Me and Everyone

Thanks so much for hosting this KAL with your excellent pattern, precise steps, and prompt and thorough replies to all questions.

Most importantly, I’m so very grateful for your confidence in me and everyone. It makes it possible to take on challenges I would otherwise not attempt solo. This was a growth experience for me on all levels.
  – Marla D.

Testimonial: So Darn Easy

I am just so excited! I finished the heels on my worsted weight TAAT [two-at-a-time] socks!! Hard to take a photo right now, but these were so darn easy!! Thanks for the great videos and verbal explanations!
  – Peggy

Testimonial: I Can’t Seem to Stop!

I have felt sooooo good knitting 2-at-a-time toe-up socks, I can't seem to stop!

I used your pattern for baby toe-up socks and adjusted for Fred's chunky feet, and am very pleased with the result.

When my granddaughter first requested a pair of socks for her teddy, I wasn't sure I could knit anything but tube socks. But just learning the toe-up, 2-at-a-time method made me confident to tackle the project, having knit 2 pairs of socks for myself already.

Thank you so much for the instruction and the clear instructional & informative videos! It might seem a little thing to others, but this new method of knitting worsted socks has been a great new activity.
  – Leila S.

Testimonial: An Amazing Tribute to Your Patience, Clarity and Articulate Presentation

Your knitting videos, your attitude, your calm approach and everything about your classes, Liat, are wonderful. I've finally actually been knitting for the first time in my life and (for someone who is closing in on 80), I think that's an amazing tribute to your patience, clarity and articulate presentation.

My socks are almost done, one more row and I'll be ready to turn the heel. I had to begin many times at first but then once I got the hang of it all, I was knitting, which to me, is plenty amazing.

I may even make more socks, now that I know I can do it. I'm slow, for sure, but just doing it is incredible to me. Having something I can actually do during these impossibly weird times is really a gift.

I've learned so much: how to use magic loop, how to feel what's going on, how to see (read) my yarn (I'm not great at it, but I'm beginning to see it), how to follow and figure out a pattern. It's incredible.

Many thanks for the lovely gift of knowledge.
  – Valerie H.

Testimonial: You Always Treat Your Students With Respect and Confidence in Our Ability

The KAL gave me the nudge I needed to get on with knitting my first pair of socks with Liat's course "Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks," which I have had for quite some time. So I got started and knit ahead. My socks are done!

The course with its embedded videos showed me all the techniques I needed. I am now confident in doing Judy's Magic Cast-On and the Invisible Ribbed Bind-Off. I love the simple and smooth Fleegle heel.

I took the challenge to knit backwards doing the heel, another skill I have been wanting to learn, and it went very well. Such a great skill to have in my repertoire!

Thanks so much for the comprehensive course and your calm manner, Liat; you always treat your students with respect and confidence in our ability to successfully tackle new challenges. I've already started another pair of socks!
  – Ruth S.

Testimonial: I’m Addicted

I'm so excited about this. I didn't know that we weren't starting yet, so I've already knit a pair of socks and am almost done with a 2nd. I'm addicted.
  – Cate W.

Testimonial: Could Not Put Them Down

I jumped ahead and started mine.....and could not put them down....and finished. 😬
  – Amy D.

Testimonial: A Little Too Motivated

Hi Liat - I got a little too motivated and made my socks in two days! Your videos and instructions are fantastic. I plan to make another pair once the knit-along starts... my daughter is very jealous of mine. :)
  – Charity B.

Testimonial: Looking Forward to Learning With You

I am so looking forward to learning with you. It already feels qualitatively different, much more personal, than following along with your video classes.
  – Marla D.

Testimonial: Thank You For Teaching This Old Puppy New Tricks

In regards to: Magic Loop, Toe-Up Socks

Liat, THANK YOU for the classes on Magic Loop and Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time socks. I'm knitting the gussets of my socks now, and so far the knitting has been a breeze! I practiced the Magic Loop as instructed in your videos, then braved the toe-up socks class. It took several tries just to knit the first row after casting on. Judy's Magic Cast-on was a breeze, but keeping that last stitch on, even after twisting the tail around the working yarn, was a lesson in extreme patience!; but once I got it, I was off & knitting!

I started my first toe-up socks yesterday midday and just couldn't put them down, I was thrilled that I'd learned something so unexpectedly special.

Thank you for teaching this old puppy new tricks!
  – Leila S.

Testimonial: Very Excited About the Knitalong!

I can’t wait. I have never done a Knitalong before! I have knitted a pair (and a half) of socks years ago from a very expensive pattern book with errata! It was for magic loop, but my Mom and I gave up. I have knit one pair since then on dpns. I am very excited about the videos and Knitalong.
  – Michelle

Testimonial: A World of Difference

In regards to: Toe-Up Socks

Liat, I finished the Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks - your videos are stellar! Thank you very much - you have to know how much more secure I felt with your videos - a world of difference.
  – Hilary B.

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