Who’s Afraid of The Big Bad Sock with Ellie Taylor


Saturday 25th September | 10.15 – 12.30 | Workshop Theatre 1

If you always fancied having a go at knitting socks but were put off by the thought of turning the heel, this workshop might just be the solution.

You can’t knit a full-sized sock in a part-day class, but Ellie will take you through the basic components of sock construction to make a Christmas decoration.

You’ll need to be familiar with basic knitting stitches – casting on and off, knit, purl and decreasing. You’ll cover joining in the round, short row shaping and Kitchener stitch.

The kit will include a ball of ‘Hope’ sock yarn, pattern and stitch markers. Needles aren’t included – if you already have some 3.75 or 4mm double-pointed, short circular or long circular you can use those. There will be appropriate knitting needles available to buy on the day, as well as scissors and sewing needles to borrow. There will be other full-sized socks to look at – once you understand how the steps work, you can do anything!

Ellie Taylor is a textile artist who learned to knit at 10. For her first project she misunderstood the whole tension square thing, knitting a jumper-sized square. This was so off-putting that she left knitting to her Mum & Gran. She rediscovered it in her 30s but still isn’t a big fan of tension squares. Ellie can be found online on Instagram @ellie_taylor_textile_art

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