Custom Machine-Knit Socks

July 29 - August 2, 2022

Custom Machine-Knit Socks


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $70

Custom socks! Whether using a v-bed knitting machine like a Passap, or a flat-bed machine with or without a ribber such as a Studio/Singer/Silver Reed, you will come away with three pairs of socks. The first pair will be basic crew socks, introducing you to the building blocks of socks on the knitting machine. The second pair of socks will be a variation on the “no show” sock and will illustrate a different heel and foot construction. The third pair will introduce various colorwork and decorative stitches to provide interest and incorporate a mix ‘n match technique style for a truly custom sock. Participants should be comfortable with knitting on a machine and are welcome to bring their own flat-bed knitting machine if they own one. Knowing how to handknit will be beneficial but not required. Some, but not all, of the techniques that will be demonstrated and discussed in class include short-row heel pocket and toe box constructions with tips for closing holes, afterthought heels, flat-bed ribbing techniques vs. hand-knit ribbing, Kitchener stitching, mattress stitching, washing & blocking, etc.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Intermediate
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Meghan L. Kelly

Meghan Kelly is a fiber artist, knitwear designer, and Assistant Professor of textile design at Thomas Jefferson University. She studied Fiber Art and Art History at Kansas City Art Institute. After stints as a professional framer, bronze fabricator, and seamstress, and having lived all over the Midwest, she moved to Philadelphia to attend the Textile Design graduate program at Philadelphia University. After obtaining her M.S. in Textile Design, she worked at Kelbourne Woolens, a hand-knitting yarn distribution and design firm. Adjacent to managing the logistics of import and distribution, she designed and wrote hand-knitting patterns, designed yarns, collaborated with mills, and created seasonal trend and color briefs for each line. Meghan currently teaches knitwear design for the undergraduate and graduate curriculums of Textile Design at Jefferson in Philadelphia, where she specializes in designing for the Passap and the Stoll and Shima Seiki electronic knitting machines.

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