This month’s installment of A Year of Techniques is truly breaking new ground for the series. We’ll be using fingering-weight yarn, aka sock yarn, to make actual socks. Not mitts, cloches, or toy mice, but socks. For your feet. Or the feet of a very beloved person.
Knitters uniformly describe their first time turning a heel with awe. It’s like that moment in an episode of Call the Midwife, where the midwife says, “I see the head!” It feels miraculous, somehow, to be knitting back and forth, and suddenly make something three dimensional happen. A bit of practical sculpture, every time.
Being able to do a heel turn, following written instructions, is not the same as knowing how to do it. In the video up top, Jen Arnall-Culliford, clear and cool as ever, teaches us what we are doing when we turn a heel. The mechanics become apparent. We can now turn heels with confidence.
And the socks we are knitting are very cute indeed, for they are socks from the mind of a sock whisperer, Rachel Coopey of Coop Knits.
These socks are called Antirrhinum, which is the Latin name for snapdragons. They have snazzy contrasting toes. You could make socks with matching toes, but where’s the fun in that?
How To Get In On These Snazzy Socks
Get the pattern. If you have already bought your Year of Techniques ebook, this new pattern has been delivered to your Ravelry library, ready to go. If you need to buy your Year of Techniques ebook, head over to Arnall-Culliford Knitwear where you can purchase your ebook and/or print copy of A Year of Techniques—it includes 12 patterns for the whole program.
Get the yarn. Any sock yarn will work well. The yarn we are using is Rachel Coopey’s own Socks Yeah! If you made Alex the Mouse with us, you already know that Socks Yeah! earns its exclamation point. It’s smooth, strong yarn, in bright colors with subtle heather shading. We are offering Antirryhnum Sock Kits in three colorway options:
If you’d like to order the three-project Summer Kit, Jen has a few kits remaining. They contain all the yarn you need to make the June, July and August projects—710 grams of yarn from Fyberspates and CoopKnits. And it all comes in the coveted A Year of Techniques bag. (You can see a spoiler picture here.) The kit costs £85.00 plus shipping from the UK. Order your kit here.
Join the conversation. We’ll be over in the Lounge talking about the Antirrhinum Socks, in the topic “Technique Number 5: Heel Turn.” And of course, the gang will be carrying on about it in the Year of Techniques Ravelry group. It’s a super cheerful and helpful bunch of knitters.