Romantic, vintage-inspired lace always makes my heart go pitter-patter, and when that lovely lace is in the form of a fashionable knee-high stocking, I can’t wait to cast on. Being a beginning sock knitter, I’m super excited about Faina Goberstein’s new knit-along course, How to Knit Seamless Lace Stockings. These stockings are engaging enough for a seasoned sock knitter, but Faina’s clear explanations and expertise make the pattern accessible for newbies like me as well.
The course syllabus gives you a step-by-step outline for the class and teaches you the anatomy and sizing of hand-knit socks. The best part is you’ll also get instructions on how to alter the pattern to get the perfect fit and suit your personal style! The instructions are convenient PDF downloads that you can save and refer back to as many times as you like. If you have trouble viewing the PDFs in Internet Explorer, we found that we had no problems at all using Firefox.
These gorgeous socks feature a unique dewdrop cast on, and part one the course includes a helpful video to show you exactly how to work it. It’s actually a clever variation of the long-tail cast on, and you can watch the video as many times as you need to master this cool technique.
You’ll also get awesome videos explaining how to section off your stitches to work with double pointed needles and join in the round without twisting your stitches. One of my favorite takeaways was Faina’s technique for creating a tighter join when working in the round. When I join to begin knitting in the round, my first stitch is always a bit looser than the rest, so I can’t wait to use Faina’s method on all kinds of projects! As a special bonus, Faina also walks you through the process of knitting in the round using two circular needles. I’ve had trouble with this method in the past, but I feel confident after watching her detailed video instructions.
After you’ve worked the decorative cast on, a simple ribbing on the cuff is knit using elastic thread so these stockings feel comfortable and stretchy while staying in place on your leg. Part two of the knit-along course covers the lace portion of the stocking and features a helpful video on creating the cables. Three beautiful geometric lace patterns are joined to create the stunning design on the main part of the leg, and decreases in the leg section are done “invisibly” between the stitch patterns, creating a stylish and sophisticated look I adore.
Part three has fascinating information on shaping the heel, which often seems to be the hardest part of sock knitting. Faina also gives you wonderful instructions to knit a practice sock, including the heel turn, so even beginning sock knitters like me will have the confidence to tackle the amazing lace stocking pattern.
If you love the support and comradery that comes from knitting with an online group, join us in this fun knit-along and make these amazing heirloom lace stockings with me! The course runs from November 18th to December 15th, and you can access it at any time using your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can either work at your own pace or follow the posted lessons, so this course is ideal for anyone’s schedule.
Sign up now, get your materials, and get ready to cast on with me and Faina next week. I hope to see you knitting along!