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As you may have noticed by now, I like knitting socks. A lot. Especially now that the weather is warmer, socks are just a perfect for project for me: they are small, portable, and once I’m finished I can still wear them immediately.
But while I can follow sock patterns rather well, I felt like I still didn’t fully understand the process of sock making. Maybe it’s the scientist in me, but I like to understand why you do something rather than just blindly following along because someone said so. So when I was offered a free class by Craftsy I knew I wanted one that would help me hone my sock making skills, helping me to understand exactly how to modify patterns to make the socks fully customized for the best fit and wear for me (or whoever I am making socks for, but, let’s be honest, it’s usually me).
I decided on the Toe-Up socks course because no matter how many socks I’ve made, the gusset of toe-up socks still remains a mystery to me. I feel like every pattern tells me differently how to work the gusset, how many increases, when to start increases, ahhhh! It’s a socking mess! Plus, I really liked the option to learn new ways to work the toe and the heel (the course includes instructions for three of each) as I tend to learn one method and just stick with it because I’ve grown comfortable with it, even though it may not necessarily be the best for me.
So far I’m about half way through the course and I’m really enjoying it. Here are a couple of things I especially like about how Craftsy offers it’s online courses:
- I can take this course on my own time.
This means I can listen to one lesson when I feel like it, or power through a whole bunch. Craftsy even has an app for my iPad, so I can watch a lesson while in the tub with a glass of wine – this behavior would probably be frowned upon at your local yarn store or community college.
- I can review single lessons as many times as I want!
- And I own this class FOR-EV-ER (or until I forget my Craftsy password).
- Receive one-on-one help from the course instructor and other students.
This characteristic I like a lot. You can ask a question at any time using the Craftsy platform and this will be seen by other students as well as the instructor. And you can ask as many questions as you want, so go ahead, be that annoying kid in the class.
- Tons of materials are included with the course.
Along with several video lessons, this course also came with a worksheet that helped you work through everything you need to create your own perfect sock depending on your specific measurements and knitting gauge. You can then apply these values to the universal sock pattern to make perfect socks every time! It also came with a small stitch dictionary (!) and three different patterns. I was very pleased with everything this course included because I just assumed it would only be the video lessons (so it was like I was getting extra freebie goodies).
The few drawbacks to the course I’ve come across so far:
- You have to have web access to watch the videos.
- Not for knitting/sock beginners – you should probably have a basic knowledge making socks to get the most out of this course.
- My favorite technique, magic loop, seems a little underrepresented in the patterns, but is covered in the videos.
- A little costly for people on tight budgets.**
Overall, though I am very happy with the course so far and it is far more in-depth than I thought it would be, including advice for choosing yarn and colors for the stitch/sock you are interested in working, as well as a fun history of making toe-up socks.