Top-Down Socks


Introduction

Why learn two-at-a-time socks top-down, especially if you can already knit them toe-up?

Because the top-down method has many important techniques that you must master if you are going to be a Knitting Superstar.

Why Top-Down Socks?

Most importantly, you will learn to cast on for and knit two tubes at a time that aren’t closed off on the end. This cast-on also works for knitting mittens, gloves, and sweater sleeves two at a time.

Also, many sock patterns are written from the top down, and learning how to do them will broaden your possibilities even more.

Knowing how to create a heel flap and pick up stitches correctly will help you whenever you are making a sweater.

We’ll also be covering Kitchener stitch, the invisible way to bind off two sides of a project together.

Closeup of eye-of-the-partridge heel on fingering-weight heel-flap toe-up sockThe construction of this top-down sock has a heel that fits perfectly and snugly. Also, since socks are sort of modular (you can substitute any kind of heel, toe, or cuff that you like), it behooves you to learn do to more than one kind of heel.

This project will give you the chance to knit on small needles and get used to how they feel, as well as trying out some of the gorgeous and fun sock yarns out there today.

Two-at-a-Time… For the First Time?

You don’t have to knit both socks at the same time if you aren’t ready. To knit one sock at a time, just cast on for one sock and follow the directions, ignoring any mention of the other sock.

If you are only a little nervous, however, let me encourage you to try the two-at-a-time method. It’s not much harder than one-at-a-time, and I’ll be with you every step of the way.

How To Use This Course

Just like cooking a meal with a recipe you’ve never used before, I highly recommend that you scan all the way through this tutorial, or at least read a section ahead before beginning.

The reason I’m asking you to do this is that some of the techniques have more than one video, and I give instructions followed by troubleshooting videos. I’d hate for you to miss seeing a video that would’ve helped you. Ready? Let’s get started.

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