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Archive for August 19th, 2008

Turkish Sock Design Class

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I had a class Saturday at Rae’s which covered a bit of history, a bit of show and tell, and a lot of knitting in color. The class is called Create Your Own Turkish-Style Sock.

In reality, Turkish socks have many styles. I own four pairs of socks from Turkey and they include 3 types of heels and four types of toes, never mind the color patterning and the finish at the top!

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So in this class we learn one type of Turkish toe (four-part swirl with c-wrap) and one type of heel (flap/band without gusset), and we look at and discuss other types. We do a little bit of colorwork to get a feel for that, and we do one sort of top of the sock which does not roll and would allow a tassel if wanted.

Look at what they made! This was a mother/daughter team and they were just delightful.

I find this photo a really good display of personal gauge/tension (how big the stitches are when knit). These ladies used yarns that were very similar in structure and weight. However, the woman who ended up with the smaller sock actually used larger needles than the woman with the larger sock.

In commercial patterns, they specify how many stitches per inch you should get when you knit. They suggest a yarn and a size of needles, and you need to match that to get the size you wish. Clearly, though, the needle size specifications are merely a guideline. You may need to go up or down as many as 3 sizes to hit that gauge. Or clearly it may not fit!

Gauge is less important for things that do not fit snugly. Blankets/afghans do not need to be an exact size, though if you are way larger than specified, you might require more yarn. However, for things one wears it is important to get this right.

And that is enough of a teaching experience for me right now. Just spend a moment enjoying the little bits, the features, the colors of their socklets. Nice job, ladies!

(Notice the socks here at right… they have the same toe, heel and top edge as the mini-socks. They are made in smaller yarn, and to sizes that an adult could wear.)