Lucy Neatby: Cool Socks

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Lucy Neatby: Cool Socks


Hey, sock knitters! This full day (6 hour) workshop is for you. You’ll learn how to make a well fitting sock and where “customizations” will have the best effect. From stretchy cast ons to well fitting heels to grafting at the toe without curse words, Lucy will inspire you to take a new direction in your sock knitting. Don’t miss out!

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What It's All About

Calling all sock knitters! Whether you’ve knit only a couple of socks or (what seems like) a hundred, you’ll want to take this full day workshop (6 hours) with sock superstar, Lucy Neatby. This is an advanced sock workshop for happy sock knitters who wish to refine or spice up their socks. Lucy will start with casting on and the essential properties of sock tops, including variations of Long Tail and Channel Island cast-on (a beautiful edge for a 1 x 1 rib). Then she’ll move on with you to heels to show you some alternatives such as the Garter Stitch Short Row and the Turkish heel. You’ll find out how to determine their placement and adjust them for better fit. At the toe, Lucy will demonstrate her revolutionary Toe Chimney for easy grafting with no anxiety or loose stitches! And along the way, Lucy will share her tips for keeping count, adjusting for different feet shapes and sizes and will show you how to make a Provisional Crochet Cast-On (the easy way) so that you can knit upwards for long-leg socks or use up the remains of your sock yarn. She’ll also show you three methods to avoid tight bound-off edges for toe-up socks.

This workshop will take place at the Hilton Doubletree Silverbirch Conference Centre. You will be treated to a hot continental breakfast, buffet lunch and non-stop beverages and snacks all day long (included in your registration fee). You’ll enjoy the retreat atmosphere that the hotel provides while learning new skills.

Photos and Designs by Lucy Neatby: Timberline Toes Sock, Double Diamond and Mermaid Socks.

Skill Level

Intermediate sock knitters upwards - must have knit at least one sock!

Please bring:

  • 20g each of smooth wool-blend yarns (these need not be ‘sock’ yarns) in Worsted or DK/Sport (5 sts per inch or fewer) in 2 or more plain, light colours. Note: we will be working samples not a sock. Fine sock yarns and needles may be used, but is far easier to see the details of your stitches and techniques in larger yarns and solid, light colours.

  • 3 sets of double pointed needles (DPNs); two sets in sizes appropriate to your yarn (they need not be the same size) and a significantly finer set. If you prefer working on circular needles (one or two) bring a suitable selection.

  • Scissors

  • Crochet hook (same size or smaller as the needle size you bring to class)

  • Blunt darning needle

  • Usual knitting paraphernalia (tape measure, stitch markers, etc.)

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About Lucy Neatby:

River City Yarns is so pleased to welcome Lucy Neatby back to Edmonton. Lucy is an internationally recognized teacher, designer, and writer who thrills knitters around the world with her inimitable charm, knowledge, and uniquely colourful designs. Her passion for nurturing and empowering knitters, and putting them in control of their art, is legendary! She is the author three books: Cool Socks Warm Feet, Cool Knitters Finish in Style, A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters! and the Learn With Lucy DVD series (16 titles). Barb and Cynthia have taken several workshops with her, have knit from her books and single patterns and watched her dvds. She’s an engaging instructor with a love of colour, design and technique; you’ll be inspired, motivated and energized after spending a day with Lucy.


  • 6 hours with Lucy Neatby, exploring ways to make your sock knitting more enjoyable and better fitting;

  • pro tips and helpful ideas to improve your knitting skills;

  • breakfast, lunch and awesome snacks and refreshments throughout the day; and

  • a minimum of two “ah-ha” (eureka) moments.

Other important info that you should know about...

  • You have to pay the registration fee in advance to hold your seat. You can pay online or call the store at 780-477-9276 to make a payment over the phone.

  • This workshop will be held at the HIlton Doubletree Silverbirch Conference Centre. The hotel is located at 16615 109th Avenue NW, Edmonton.

  • Cancellations? We know you have every intention of coming, but life happens! And because we are hosting a special guest, there are more up front expenses involved. Here is our cancellation policy for this special event:

    • If you cancel 30 days (or more) prior to your workshop date, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee.

    • If you need to cancel in the 30 day period prior to the workshop, we will refund your registration fee less a $25 administration & service fee only if we are able to fill your spot from our waitlist.

    • No refunds will be made if you have to cancel less than 7 days before your class is scheduled to begin. If you are unable to attend, you may invite a friend to take your place.

    • If minimum enrolment is not met we reserve the right to cancel the class. A full refund of your registration fee will be given should this situation arise.

  • Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Please contact