Crochet Socks: Essential Techniques
Rohn Strong found his passion for fiber when he discovered crochet at about 6 years old. Now, he spins a little, weaves a little, knits a lot and crochets even more. Through his innovative designs, Rohn's goal is to change the way that crochet is seen: not as a second-class citizen, but as a viable, beautiful, functional and fun method of creativity. In that pursuit, he's written multiple books and dreamed up patterns for a variety of respected magazines.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet instructor Rohn Strong, who begins class by explaining the anatomy of a crocheted sock. Then, learn what to look for when choosing hooks and yarn for the socks you have in mind. Rohn ends the lesson with go-to methods for toe-riffic measurements.
You can work your socks from the cuff down or from the toe up, and Rohn is here to help you with both. Start by exploring starting options for cuff-down socks with ribbing, before you learn how to join the cuff to your sock leg. Planning on knitting toe up? The square and wedge toe styles will help you get things going.
Whether you choose to work toe-up or cuff-down, working the leg is your next step. Rohn introduces you to linked stitches and shows you how you can use them to create stretchy, sock-worthy fabric. You'll discover the steps for continuous rounds before he lays out methods for joined rounds. Continuous is faster and tighter, but joined rounds will line your rows up perfectly.
What's the next step for working from the cuff down? The heel. There's lots of styles to choose from, but Rohn shows you how to work his favorite: the gusset short-row heel. Start with some simple heel flap math, before moving on to gusset increases and crochet short rows. Rohn also shares useful troubleshooting tips for avoiding any holes.
Working your socks from the toe up? Your path to sock-cess is a little different. Rohn shows you how to work the same heel from the toe up. Follow along as he guides you step by step through gusset increases, a heel turn, a heel flap and gusset decreases.
No matter which way you're knitting, it's time to wrap your socks up. For toe-up crocheters, you'll find out how the ribbed cuff works when it's the last thing that you do. For the cuff-down crew, Rohn lays out how to work both the wedge toe and square toe.
You're not quite done yet! Crocheters may dread the term "finishing," but there's no denying how it can transform a project. Rohn teaches you how to close your toe, properly weave in your ends and block your socks for superb shape. He brings things to an end with darning techniques, for when you find yourself toe-to-toe with any holes.