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Smooth Operator Socks Class with Susan B. Anderson

$ 70.00

Susan B. Anderson is offering a brand new class for Knitcircus Yarns at our Studio Second Birthday weekend!


**If you'd like to sign up for this sock class as well as her Little Hedgehog class at the same time, click here. Save $10 if you sign up for both classes.**

Her Smooth Operator Sock pattern has been a runaway hit on Ravelry, and for good reason. She has amazing tips and tricks for this topdown sock with an afterthought heel. This pattern is perfect for Knitcircus gradient matching sock sets as well as gradient striped matching sock sets. Check out our selection online or stop in our studio store if you'd like to cast on some Knitcircus socks for class!

***Note that there is homework for this class to be completed before the class meets. Students are required for homework to complete the sock cuff and bring it to class. Sign up early so that you can get a head start on your homework assignment - your homework instructions will be emailed to you at the time of sign up.***

Class description

Do you love using self-striping and patterning sock yarn for knitting socks but get stuck when the stripes go awry at the heel? The super-popular Smooth Operator Afterthought Heel is the perfect solution for you! Join sock knitting expert, Susan B. Anderson, and work through her twist on the perfect fitting afterthought heel. In class you will be covering loads of sock knitting tips and tricks, and working through the Smooth Operator afterthought heel together in class. Techniques covered will include tips for making matching socks, putting in a waste yarn place holder in a different way, several ways to get rid of those pesky holes at the sides of the heel, a surefire tip to remember the kitchener stitch every time and how to get rid of those donkey ears, a no-kitchener version of heels and toes, and so much more! Come to class ready to work hard on your sock techniques through large group discussion, small group technique demonstrations and individual help.

Date, Time, and Location

JUNE 17th 1:30-4:30pm

This class will be held at the Radisson located at 517 Grand Canyon Dr near our Studio. Class check in time is 1-1:30 pm at the Radisson.

Materials Needed for Class

Yarn: 100 grams of fingering or sock weight yarn

Needles: US size 1/2.25mm set of 5 dpns or a long circular for magic loop or your preferred method for working in the round on a small number of stitches. Be sure to check your gauge and adjust the needle size as needed. Gauge required is 8 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch.

Pattern: Purchase and print out your Smooth Operator Sock Pattern and bring it to class with you. Here's the link on

Other Materials: 

  •  An extra set of needles in the same size (optional)
  • Detachable stitch marker
  • Yarn needle
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Waste yarn in the same weight, about 3 yards
  •  Heel yarn: Reserve 7 grams per sock for the heel. If you are winding the ball of yarn and will be pulling from the outside of the ball you will need to wind off the yarn for the heel before you cast on. If you are using a ball winder to make a cake of yarn you can use the other end of the yarn for the heel.


You will be required to knit the complete cuff of one sock before your class meeting. After you sign up online, you will receive by email your cuff knitting homework. The earlier you sign up, the sooner you can get started on your homework!

***********Class space is limited to 24 students so sign up today!************

Class Policies

Students may sign up here online or over the phone. Note that your spot in class is not guaranteed until your payment is complete. You may choose to billed by Paypal invoice or you may mail in or drop off a check to our studio. Online payments must be completed by 48 hours before the class start time, and checks must be received at the Knitcircus Studio by 48 hours before the class start time. Please call our studio if you'd like to make last minute payment arrangements and we can check if there is still room in the class for you.

  • Correspondence with students is sent by email to the emil account supplied at the time of purchase. Please check your email before class for updates regarding your class.
  • If you cancel your registration a week or more ahead of time, you can receive a full refund.
  • Any cancelations made less than a week before class will be granted no refund or exchange.
  • If we cancel a class for any reason, you may choose to receive a full refund or store credit.