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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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  • Get To Know 24/7 Cotton

    Like its name implies, 24/7 cotton is ready for your projects around the clock. Whether you're interested in making a hat, afghan or bag, you can reach for a ball of this yarn. The sheen imparted by the mercerization process adds depth to the simplest of stitch patterns while the structure of the yarn gives definition to more complex ones.

    Swatches crocheted in 24/7 Cotton yarn.

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