Free Online Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell on November 9, 2017 Learn How to Knit Socks

Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell: Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks
Sock Knitting Class With Vickie Howell: Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks

Would you like to learn how to knit socks? If so, perhaps you’ll be excited to learn about a free broadcast of Vickie Howell’s class called Knit Maker 201: Knit Socks at Creativelive. The free broadcast of this sock knitting class will take place on November 9-10, 2017. My understanding of the situation is that, if you want access to the free broadcast, you’ll have to RSVP for the class before it starts to air on November 9th. Tip: After you click through to the course description page, look up at the top right-hand side of your monitor for the black button that says “RSVP”. (There’s also a blue button that says “Buy” if you prefer to just buy the class and watch it immediately.)


I RSVP’ed for the class and am looking forward to it. 🙂 I hope you’ll have a chance to check it out, too.


This isn’t usually a free class; the regular class price is $29. So getting in on the free broadcast is actually a really good deal. If for some reason you miss the free broadcast, or any part of it, you’ll be able to access the class at its regular price any time afterwards.

Creativelive offers bunches of excellent classes on a variety of topics — knitting, crochet, sewing, photography, business and more. You can click here to see what other classes are airing soon at CreativeLive.

Learn More About Sock Knitting:

Supplies You’ll Need for Sock Knitting

To knit socks, you’ll need sock yarn and appropriate knitting needles. Most people knit socks using sets of double-pointed sock knitting needles. I’m pretty sure it’s also possible to knit socks using a circular knitting needle that has an ultra-short cord length — if you can find a needle that’s the right size.

Where to Find Spectacular Sock Knitting Patterns

Denise Samson included 4 excellent sock patterns in her book called The Cable Knitter’s Guide published by Trafalgar Square Books. The sock patterns are as follows:

  • Cozy Slippers — These are gorgeous cabled slipper socks that look like they’d be worth the effort — they are that pretty. If you knit gifts for loved ones, the slippers would be an extra-special gift.
  • Socks With Reversible Cables — These slouchy socks have cabled cuffs that you can pull up or fold down. The cables look the same on either side, so there’s no need to worry about hiding a “wrong” side.
  • Knit Socks With Reversible Cables from the Book The Cable Knitter's Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
    Knit Socks With Reversible Cables from the Book The Cable Knitter’s Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
  • Maj’s Ankle Socks — These elegant lace ankle socks feature a lovely cabled design.
  • Lace and Cable Knit Ankle Socks from the Book The Cable Knitter’s Guide by Denise Samson, Published by Trafalgar Square Books
  • Tormrod’s Stockings — These intricate cabled knee socks are guy-friendly; the author designed them for her significant other to wear on his camping trips and ski trips.

The socks aren’t the only fantastic patterns in the book; this book is actually sort of like a cable stitch dictionary that also offers you finished patterns for trying out the cables. There are also excellent patterns for blankets, sweaters and bunches more accessories.

My Sock Knitting Saga

I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit socks. When I was a teenager, I invested the money in buying a lovely set of bamboo double-pointed needles; but I couldn’t figure out how to use them despite having looked at several books and magazine articles on the topic of sock knitting. I made an honest effort to learn how to knit socks, but without someone to show me the finer points, it wasn’t long before I lost interest. There were too many other amazing projects to work on. I decided to invest my efforts in knitting sweaters and hats, and I never actually returned to sock knitting.


Until now…


When I was traveling in Europe a few years ago, I bought a circular knitting needle that I think (hope) will work for knitting socks. I’m thinking it will be preferable to dealing with bunches of individual double-pointed needles. Having never successfully knit socks with any type of knitting needles, the jury is out on whether I will be able to do this. We’ll see!

I’ll be pulling my circular and double-pointed knitting needles out of the closet and tuning in to Vickie Howell’s sock knitting class on November 9th to see if I can finally learn how to knit socks. Here’s hoping I’ll have more success this time around than I have in the past — and here’s hoping you’ll join me and learn how to knit socks, too!

Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Book GIVEAWAY and Blog Tour

Updated 7-21-2015: — We have a couple of giveaway winners!

Maria commented,

I love the apron top of the volumen 2 and the boleros of volume 1. Both to crochet for mg niece. But in general I loved your designs!!

Maria, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the spring patterns!

Sara commented,

The headband and lace edgings are really cute! I like the pink lace top for girls, too.

Sara, congrats on winning Imagical Seasons Crochet volume 1, the summer patterns!

Maria and Sara, please be sure to check your email ASAP (including your spam folder, just in case.) I’m hoping to hear back from you before 7-23-2015 at midnight, Eastern time, to confirm your contact information and other details. After I hear back from you, I will forward your info to the book’s publicist so she can connect you with your copy of the book you won.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! Please know that I really appreciate your interest, and I also really appreciate the great response from all of you. Your presence here in this community means a lot to me and Mike!

Welcome to KnittingandCrochet.net, the First Stop on Alla Koval's Blog Tour for the Imagical Seasons Crochet Pattern Books

Hello everyone! Today is July 13, 2015 and you’ve arrived at the first stop on the blog tour for two of Alla Koval’s latest crochet pattern books. These books are the first two publications in a series called “Imagical Seasons: Crochet Couture for Kids 2-12.”

Do you enjoy any of the following?

  • Crocheting lovely baby blankets or coverlets
  • Crocheting gorgeous, feminine lace projects
  • Crocheting clothing or accessories for girls aged 2-12
  • Crocheting projects for warm-weather using spring or summer crochet patterns

If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, I think you’re going to want to get in on this giveaway — and you’ll probably also want to take a closer look at these two new crochet pattern collections that offer you the opportunity to enjoy all of the above options.


Volume 1 of the Imagical Seasons collection is devoted to spring crochet patterns, and Volume 2 is devoted to summer crochet patterns. These books are delightful compilations of lovely, lacy projects including baby blankets, girls’ accessories, girls’ clothing, and components like lace edgings and motifs.

These books include helpful, detailed instructions including symbol crochet charts, schematics and written instructions. So whichever type of instructions you prefer, you’re covered.


Want more info about these books? Please be sure to take a look at my detailed book reviews and the product detail pages at Amazon.com:

What We’re Giving Away:

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 1, Spring; and another lucky winner will receive a copy of Volume 2, Summer, compliments of the publisher and Alla Koval. The giveaway is open worldwide, except where prohibited by law. Winners in the USA and Canada can choose between a paperback copy of the book or a digital copy. Winners outside the USA will receive digital downloads. Winners are responsible for paying any taxes or duties that may be imposed in their country or area.

How to Enter the Giveaway:

The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.

Want to win one of these books? Here’s how to get your entries in the drawings:

  • Take a look at my reviews and the Amazon product pages, linked above.
  • Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in each book you’d be most excited to make!
  • To get up to two extra entries in the giveaway, you can post a link to my book reviews of the Imagical Seasons crochet books in your crochet blog, craft blog or personal blog — then leave an additional comment on this post letting me know where to find your links.

  • Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
  • Post your comment any time before July 19, 2015 at midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winners by email shortly thereafter — and I’ll try my best to announce the winners on the blog sometime the week of July 20th. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I am pregnant, and it’s close to the time of my baby’s due date. If my little one decides to make an unexpected early appearance, there will be a delay in making the announcement. Thanks so much for your understanding.

More Highlights From the Blog Tour:

  • Click here to check out some insights crochet designer Alla Koval has shared about this brand new series of crochet pattern books — plus bunches of other interesting tips and tidbits that any crochet enthusiast will find helpful. Alla discusses a variety of topics, including tips for new crocheters, insights about what it’s like to write a book, and the scoop on some of her absolute favorite crochet resources. You won’t want to miss this!


  • SPECIAL DEAL for Blog Tour Participants! — Buy the print edition for $24.95 and receive the digital download for free (retail value $19.95). To take advantage of this deal, use promo code IMAGICAL.
  • Best wishes to all of you with your giveaway entries! Can’t wait to see who the winners will be — and best of all, I cannot wait to see the fabulous projects y’all will be crocheting once you get your hands on these beautiful patterns.


    XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO,

    Amy Solovay

    Photo Credits: Book cover photos are courtesy of Alla Koval/IMagicalSeasons.com


    Disclosure: The publisher provided me with a review copy of these books. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the books on this page and in my review. There is no financial relationship, or for that matter any relationship, between me and the publisher, or between me and the author. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

Crochet Pattern Book Giveaway — Win a Copy of Tunisian Crochet for Baby This Blog Post Includes Affiliate Links.

We Have a Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Yvonne:


Yvonne’s comment:


Amy, first of all, I am very glad to be in touch with you again! I am newly physically disabled because of back surgery, and have always loved to crochet. This Tunisian stitch is new to me, and I cannot wait to give it a try. The item, Favorite Skirt, is very pretty and I would love to give it a try. The Thumbless Mittens would be my first project because I know how little ones can scratch their faces with their fingernails! I would love to win this great project book, but if not, I will save up until I can purchase it!


Yvonne, congrats on winning the giveaway! I am glad to be back in touch with you as well! Thanks for dropping by. I am so sorry to hear about your back surgery. 🙁 I think — hope — that you are going to LOVE Tunisian crochet. If you would like to share pictures of your baby mittens, skirt or other projects from the book, please drop me an email; I’d love to post them for everyone to admire.

This Giveaway Is Now Closed. Thanks to Everyone Who Entered!

Hello everyone! Today is October 6, 2014, and you’ve arrived at the latest stop on the blog tour for Sharon Hernes Silverman’s latest crochet pattern book called Tunisian Crochet for Baby. Welcome!


Tunisian Crochet for Baby -- A Crochet Pattern Book by Sharon Silverman
Tunisian Crochet for Baby — A Crochet Pattern Book by Sharon Silverman

Today I’m posting a fun Giveaway for this book. Read on for the details!


Tunisian Crochet for Baby is both a crochet pattern book and a technique book. The book includes 23 patterns for baby projects, all of which can be hand crocheted using interesting Tunisian crochet stitches. Unless you are really experienced with Tunisian crochet, there are probably some stitches included in this book that you haven’t learned yet.

To help you beat the learning curve, the book includes helpful step-by-step photo tutorials showing you what to do to achieve success with these projects.

Want more info about the book? Please be sure to take a look at both my detailed book review, and the Tunisian Crochet for Baby Book Preview posted at the Stackpole Books website.


One lucky winner will receive a copy of this title, compliments of Stackpole Books and Sharon Silverman. The winner will be randomly selected from among qualifying comments on this blog post.

Want to win this book? Here’s how to get an entry in the drawing:

  • Take a look at the book preview, and my review.
  • Come back to this page and leave a comment telling us which project in the book you’d be most excited to make!
  • Be sure to include a functioning email address (one that you actually check!) when you comment — so we have a way to contact you if you win the book. If you enter your email address in the spot where our WordPress blogging software directs you to enter it, it will not be displayed with your comment. For your own privacy, PLEASE do not put your email address in the text of your actual comment.
  • Post your comment any time before October 13, 2014, midnight (Eastern Standard Time.)
  • If all goes according to plan, we’ll contact the winner by email shortly thereafter — and the winner will be announced on the blog sometime the week of October 13. I ask that you have patience if the announcement is not made immediately. I live on a sailboat; where I am currently docked, the marina Internet connection is intermittent and unreliable, and sometimes I am not able to get online for hours or days at a time. Thanks for your understanding.

Important Notes: This giveaway is open to anyone who a) has a mailing address in the USA and b) is not prohibited from entering by local or state law in their area. Void where prohibited by law.


Disclosure: Stackpole Books provided me with a review copy of the book. I’ve done my best to express my honest, carefully-considered opinion about the book on this page and in my review. This is NOT a sponsored post; there is no financial relationship between me and Stackpole Books, or between me and the author.