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An introduction to sock knitting using a magic loop

Suitable for everyone who can cast on, cast off, knit and purl. Some experience of knitting in the round is helpful but not essential.



Nothing beats the cosy comfort of hand knitted socks. It is also a fabulously portable project ensuring that no time is ever wasted again sitting in a waiting room or on public transport.

During this three hour workshop Nicky will teach you the anatomy of a sock, how to turn a heel and how to graft a toe. You will be working in the round using a long circular needle and the magic loop method. You will be given a basic sock pattern to start working from in class, which you can take away and finish at your leisure.



Attendees will need to bring: two 50g balls of a DK yarn. Also another ball in a contrast yarn if a contrast heel and toe is desired (optional). A 3 1/4mm, long cable (80cm or longer) circular needle. Pen/pencil, scissors, tapestry needle. Also stitch markers if you have them.


'An Introduction to...' workshops provide a way to try out new art forms you may not have thought about trying before or have always wanted to give a go! Keep an eye out for more of our introductory workshops in the upcoming season'.


About your tutor

Nicky Barfoot is an artist and tutor based on the South Coast of England. Brought up in a creative household, knitting and stitching have always been her passions. Nicky’s designs have won a number of accolades including second place in the Rowan International Design Competition, and both Silver and Gold in consecutive years of the UK Knitted Textile Awards. Her work has been featured in national knitting magazines and she has exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching Shows. Nicky has a Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles from Winchester University and a City and Guilds in Hand Knit Design. Her accessible patterns are designed to delight makers of all levels through the use of simple techniques to maximum effect.


Book your spot on the Sock Knitting Workshop at Hampshire Cultural Trust's Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham now!

  • An introduction to sock knitting using a magic loop

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