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  • Summer of Sock Techniques: Increasing and Decreasing

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    This week we had some people working through their gussets, and others beginning at the toe of another sock. There was some confusion about the best way to work increases and/or decreases. Cuff down socks begin with a full complement of stitches to fit your calf with decreases worked at the gusset and toe. Toe up socks begin with just a few stitches and begin increasing right away to shape the toe. Today I’m going to discuss perhaps the most frequently misunderstood decrease (ssk) and a new way to work an easy increase that looks even better than the old way.

    SSK (slip, Slip, Knit)

    The two most commonly used decreases mirror each other: ‘K2tog’ (knit 2 together) leans to the right & ‘ssk’ (slip, slip, knit) leans to the left. ‘K2tog’ is pretty self-explanatory for most knitters, but ‘ssk’ is frequently misunderstood.

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  • LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Gusset

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    This week in our Sock Along we were talking about gussets.

    A gusset is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
    1. a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement
    2. a plate or bracket for strengthening an angle in framework (as in a building or bridge).

    sock gusset

    I love this illustration from Merriam-Webster.com of the second type of gusset because it looks so much like a sock gusset!

    However, sock gussets actually serve the first purpose: they are groups of stitches inserted between the heel flap and the instep to allow the sock to expand around the wide part of the heel and ankle.

    In classic cuff-down socks with a heel flap, the gusset is the last part of the heel turn worked and shaped by the line of decreases that return you to your original stitch count. If you are working from the toe-up, the gusset is worked first and is shaped by a line of increases.

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  • LBY Studio Sock-Along: The German Twisted Cast On

    Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director

    Since we had so many people outside New York City expressing interest our Summer Sock Along at Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we decided to share some of what we talked about in each session here on the Lion Brand Notebook.

    Even though everyone in the group is knitting socks, we are not knitting the same socks. The group is a mixture of people knitting their first pair of sock and others who are maybe just a smidge obsessed. (Sock knitting can be like that.)

    Some people are starting from the cuff and working down to the toe, and others are starting from the toe and working up to the cuff. There was general agreement that it was easier for your first sock to work from the cuff down. Part of this is likely because the cast on to begin at the cuff can be the same one you use for other projects, but starting at the toe requires a special cast on.

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