Video Knitting Course: Mastering Magic Loop Socks
Most sock patterns are very hard for beginners, especially if they are written for double-pointed needles. Our classes teach you the simplest techniques so you get great results.
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Video Knitting Course: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks
Most sock patterns are very hard for beginners, especially if they are written for double-pointed needles. Our classes teach you the easiest techniques so you get great results.
Video Knitting Course: Top-Down Socks, Two-at-a-Time
Top-down socks have several complex parts. Learn top-down sock knitting with the simplest pattern so you can knit even advanced socks without getting confused.
Live Knitalong: Toe-Up, Two-at-a-Time Socks - FREEStarts: June 1, 2020 Ends: September 25, 2020 Signups Open: NO
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 live Zoom sessions with me to answer all their questions. Six lucky knitters will get to participate in the live weekly Q&A. Learn more here.
In December of 2006, a blogger known as Fleegle changed the knitting world when she published a no-holes toe-up heel formula on her blog. Since I discovered the Fleegle Heel, I’ve been making videos showing how to do it, writing patterns that use it, and helping the whole world learn to knit it.Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks, World Travels / July 20, 2012 / 104 Comments
Wait – heel flaps are BACK? Yes, and better than ever. This integrated “faux” heel flap for toe-up socks lets you adjust for high insteps and more.Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, New Patterns, Socks / September 21, 2012 / 74 Comments
For toe-up sock lovers who want a great-fitting heel that can be adjusted for high insteps. This toe-up sock pattern has a “faux” heel flap which allows you to use heel stitch patterns like the Eye of the Partridge heel. You can also do a contrasting-color heel.Read Post »
Blog Post: What To Do When You Have A High Instep – Tips for Using KnitFreedom’s Faux Heel Flap Toe-Up Sock PatternBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / June 20, 2017 / 45 Comments
This tip is for sock-knitters who are following my high-instep toe-up sock pattern. It explains how to easily use my pattern for Toe-Up Faux-Heel-Flap Socks to make a bigger instep than you normally can with basic Fleegle-heel or other toe-up sock patterns.Read Post »
Blog Post: How to Block Socks and WhyBy Liat Gat – Founder / Knitwear Care, Socks / October 28, 2011 / 30 Comments
If you are gifting hand-knitted socks for the holidays, there’s one way to make them look their best- You’ve got to block them. After all that combing, twisting, and looping that happens from sheep to sock, the fibers need soap and water to relax them into their new shape.Read Post »
Blog Post: The Best Stretchy Bind-Off for Toe-Up Socks: Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO)By Liat Gat – Founder / Bind-Offs, Liat Interviews Others, Socks, Stretchy/Ribbed Bind-Offs, Toe-Up Socks / May 19, 2019 / 16 Comments
I recommend Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off (JSSBO) for binding off on toe-up socks. It is easy to memorize, easy to do, stretchy, and fast. JSSBO works with any rib pattern (1×1, 2×2, etc.). Includes an interview with JSSBO inventor Jeny Staiman.Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Socks, Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Socks, Two-at-a-Time Knitting / September 14, 2010 / 9 Comments
Prevent your yarn from EVER tangling again when knitting two-at-a-time socks. Make sure you place your balls of yarn on either side of you. The key moment for keeping the yarns from tangling is during “the switch.”Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, Toe-Up Socks / April 29, 2011 / 8 Comments
A big issue for first-time knitters of toe-up socks is knowing when to start increasing for the Fleegle heel. Where exactly is “the front of your ankle?” Here’s how to tell.Read Post »
Blog Post: How to Avoid Gaps in Two-at-a-Time SocksBy Liat Gat – Founder / Socks / March 1, 2011 / 5 Comments
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Guest Blog Post: Workshop With Cookie A: Adding Stitch-Patterns to SocksBy Alex Capshaw-Taylor / Cables, Designing Patterns, Guest Posts, Lace, Socks, Top-Down Socks / April 1, 2011 / 4 Comments
Three professional tips for adding cables, lace, or other stitch-patterns to your socks, including combining multiple stitch patterns, checking to see if the socks will come out too big or too small, and heel-flap design tips.Read Post »
Blog Post: Slip-Stitch Heel Pattern And VideoBy Liat Gat – Founder / Heels, Socks, World Travels / August 12, 2011 / 4 Comments
Adding a textured heel flap is an easy way to make the socks more interesting AND to make the heel more durable at the same time. The slip-stitch heel is super-easy, and it is also nice and stretchy – great if you’re not sure how big the sock-recipient’s ankle is.Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / Cast-Ons, Heels, New Patterns, News, Socks / December 31, 2021 / 3 Comments
How to knit a Fleegle Heel toe-up sock using just shoe size, new child’s sizes for many popular KnitFreedom patterns, and a new, easy cast-on video for KnitFreedom members: “My Grandma’s Cast-On.” Plus, left-handed knitters get mirror-image videos!Read Post »
By Liat Gat – Founder / New Patterns, Socks, Toe-Up Socks, Top-Down Socks / December 23, 2011 / 2 Comments
In case you are madly trying to finish Christmas gifts, here is the gift that I fall back on year after year: super-bulky slipper-socks. Knit with one skein of super-bulky yarn, these toe-up socks can be made in about 5 hours.Read Post »
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How to take off one or both socks from your two-at-a-time knitting project to unravel or fix mistakes and then put it/them back on.
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Adding a textured heel flap is an easy way to make the socks more interesting AND to make the heel more durable at the same time.
The slip-stitch heel is super-easy, and it is also nice and stretchy – great if you’re not sure how big the sock-recipient’s ankle is.
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The Eye-of-the-Partridge heel pattern adds durability and a lovely textured look to your sock’s heel flap. Knit using a combination of slipped and knit stitches, you can knit this on top-down or toe-up socks.
Recommended Fabric Care: Soak by Soak Wash
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.
Recommended Fabric Care: Sock Blockers by Knitter's Pride
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.
Recommended Book: The Magic Loop by Bev Galeskas
This amazing book is what started it all for me. In it, Beverly Galeskas clearly explains how to use Sarah Hauschka’s ingenious technique of knitting in the round on one long circular needle.
“Socks and more” is right! Anything you can knit in the round, you can knit on Magic Loop, with no laddering, quickly, easily, and without using DPNs. Hooray! Thanks, Bev and Sarah!