Circular sock knitting machine 'Sock School'



This is a fantastic opportunity to use a vintage sock knitting machine and make a lovely pair of socks! All of the materials are included and so is a delicious lunch. During the day you will also learn a little about the history of circular sock knitting machines. There are just 6 places per course which takes place at Stonehouse Community Centre in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
The course is delivered by a teacher and sock knitter with lots of experience.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All the materials, teas, coffees, locally made lunch (allergies catered for).


Anne Drew at Cymbal Knits

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Stonehouse Community Centre
Laburnum Walk
GL10 2NW

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (9:30am to 5:00pm)

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Veronica - - #36980

I loved this curse, very well set up with lots of help. Anne and her team went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable with thecae of learning. Excellent food as well. Thank you all

Charlie - - #31281

I had a such a brilliant day. Anne and the team were awesome. I managed to make some awesome socks but also eat lots of lovely homemade food.

Lis B Jones - - #31263

A really good day, fascinating experience getting to grips with one of these machines with the most lovingly prepared fresh food and refreshments throughout. We all felt very indulged. Anne is an excellent teacher and we all produced a pair of socks. Anne has helpers so attention is dedicated to the pupils and she has thought through and implemented very well organised COVID health considerations.

Helen Derrick - - #28646

The whole day was absolutely fabulous.
Anne was an excellent teacher and with all the experienced helpers on hand we were never left unattended.
The lunch was utterly delicious as were the freshly baked shortbread biscuits and afternoon cake.
I had always wanted to use a circular sock machine and I was not disappointed with my efforts and pleased that I had a beautiful pair of socks to take home for my husband to wear. We learnt how to rib, produce a shaped, short row, heel and toe and to invisibly, kitchener stitch up the toe.
An excellent day.

Nicola - - #27921

This course more than lived up to my expectations. Anne and her team are patient and excellent teachers who talk you through the art of producing a pair of fabulous socks step by step on vintage machines.

Because the group is small there is never any danger of floundering without a guiding hand from Anne or one of her team. I dropped stitches and made other mistakes and learnt why these had happened as well as how to fix them. I ended the day with a fabulous pair of socks with ribbing, heels and toes and because the teaching is so good, can remember how I made them.

A delicious homemade lunch is provided along with biscuits and cake, again homemade, served on gorgeous china crockery. Definitely a five star experience and one I’d heartily recommend.

Clare Donnelly - - #25411

Loved the course. Fabulous socks - they turned out completely different to what I'd imagined. Masterful colour choice Anne.
I'd love to buy a machine to make more on but astronomically expensive.
Lunch, tea, cake and biscuits all great.
Best of all, though, Anne's tuition and guidance and all the help and support from her team. Not left for one minute without help.

Susan Francis - - #22387

Thank you Anne I had a lovely 1:2:1 training day. Your instructions were patient and clear, I really enjoyed hearing about the history of the machines and how you got started. The machine I used was running beautifully. Great choice of lovely wool and the result is a perfect pair of socks, thanks to Anne’s instructions and ability to pick up my dropped stitches. They have been claimed by my husband.
Thanks again for the warm welcome, excellent instruction and delicious food. I would highly recommend signing up for this course.

Lisa Greenwood - - #21339

What a fantastic day! Loved every minute of it. Sock school was well organised and the day structured. Anne was an excellent teacher and help was on hand all day with Anne’s wonderful helpers. Delicious homemade lunch, biscuits and cakes provided too by Anne’s team! I’m sitting here the day after wishing I could do it all again!! I cannot recommend the sock knitting course highly enough!

Lindsey Lloyd-Owen - - #17529

Fabulous day learning to use these great machines and knitting your very own socks. No pair will ever be as good as my own hand made pair! With no skill in craftwork I worried a little about the day - but my fears were unfounded- Anne and her team were wonderful, supportive and encouraging. A lovely lunch with plenty of tea breaks kept us all going.
Highly recommend this course if you want to learn in an enjoyable atmosphere supported by skilled expertise.

Sharon - - #17179

I learnt so much about sock-making, ribbing, the heel, the toes, invisible seaming and also about the machine itself. Anne’s teaching expertise made all the difference to how much I could take in over a day. I dropped stitches and panicked slightly but Anne ensured me that these mistakes are a necessary part of the learning process. The machine worked so smoothly that it was obvious it was well-maintained and loved. The yarn we used was great quality too!

Anne couldn’t have done any more to make it more enjoyable with a lovely healthy lunch including home-made biscuits and cake and thoughtful touches. We had breaks throughout the day for tea/coffee and biscuits or cake . It really felt like a much-needed treat! I returned home feeling so glad that I had taken the course. I love my gorgeous purple and green socks that remind me of heather.

I have no hesitation in highly recommending Anne’s Sock School to anyone interested in learning how to use a circular sock machine!

Gill Laird - - #14533

Wonderful course. Anne and her assistants were a wealth of knowledge and have given me the confidence to take the sock knitting machine I have out of it's box and start making socks. The refreshments and lunch were superb. I had a great time.

Jane Nash - - #12797

This was an excellent course. I came away with a great pair of socks that I just needed to sew up. Anne was excellent and so where her helpers, all very patient and helpful. We also used excellent wool

Fantastic food and a very enjoyable day, I would highly recommend this course.

Edith Pollock - - #8803

What a superb day! The tutor and her band of local helpers were so welcoming and the food was wonderful- home cooked biscuits, tea bread and quiches amidst the salad and baguette and fresh fruit. Such a treat! We had 4 break and tea and coffee out of China cups! This was by far the best out of the many courses I have attended. Besides these peripherals, the sock knitting machines were exquisite and working well. We had to concentrate hard under Anne's careful and expert tuition and her stalwart helper. We all produced fine socks and I love my purple and green ones. Of course, we all made some mistakes. How do you learn otherwise? But Anne and Sarah showed us how to overcome then. Would love to do it again next week!

Hilde Goorts - - #5748

Excellent course and well worth the money. Amazing experience making your first sock. And the food was sublime.
I can whole heartedly recommend this to anyone interested in learning to knit on a circular sock knitting machine.

Louise Boyton - - #5740

What a great course!
Anne taught us about the different parts of the machines and carefully guided us through each stage of making our socks. Plenty of support was available from her and her friendly team when there was the occasional panic of a lost stitch!
Superb catering throughout the day.
I am so proud of my socks! - Thank you

Elizabeth Truman - - #5736

A lovely day with Anne and her machines with help always on hand from her band of helpers. Fantastic food (plenty of breaks. It's a lot of concentration!) and a lovely atmosphere with a pair of my own socks to go home with! A truly great way to spend a day and return home very tired but glowing with satisfaction!

Caroline Hartley - - #5081

Anne's obvious love of her circular sock knitting machines is infectious. She has taught for many years and this showed in her great patience and calm manner. From course admin, to fresh coffee, homemade biscuits and a delicious lunch as well as retrieving our dropped stitches, Anne took it in her stride.

In addition to the powerpoint slides, we were given detailed notes with pictures to illustrate the position of needles and wool for the tricky parts. We learnt how to rib, produce a heel and toe and to invisibly sew up our socks. The result was no ordinary pair of tubular socks but a pair of lovely warm, matching, fitted socks in my colour choice and shoe size.

Sarah Madley - - #5045

I'd always wanted to use one of these beautiful machines and having done so I would wholeheartedly recommend this 'Sock School'. Anne is a brilliant teacher, the group is small so you get lots of support and the end result is lovely. Lunch was great too. All in all, a real 5 star experience!

Nicola Davies - - #5041

This is an absolutely fabulous experience! The sock just grows before your very eyes! Concentration is required, but the reward is so worth it. The whole day is great fun, in lovely surroundings with like minded people.

Anne is an excellent, patient teacher who brings the craft to life with her knowledge and enthusiasm. Being a non-knitter, I needed this, and I ended up with a beautiful pair of socks, which I could actually wear without alarming folk!

The lunch is delicious, which is an added bonus, and we even had home made biscuits which was a lovely touch.
Highly recommended.

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