Here are the details for the Sock Knit Along. The pattern I’ll be using and discussing is Sockmatician’s Toe Up. This is NOT an official KAL sanctioned by Sockmatician. I have written to Nathan to make sure he’s ok with us doing this. I expect he will be but in the unlikely event he is not, well . . we’ll cross that bridge if needed.
You will need your own pattern which can be purchased and downloaded here. Please do not share instructions or any pictures of the pattern. We want to support the designers and be respectful of copyright.
We are only discussing making socks. If you want to learn to make two at a time on one long circular needle, watch those videos and learn that before we begin. If you don’t know how to knit . . hmmm . . get busy kiddo! 🙂
Also, the recommended cast on is Judy Becker’s Magic Cast On. If you aren’t familiar with that method and want to use it, there’s a video link about midway down the page on Page 3 of the pattern.
Before we start, unless you have a very, very close idea of gauge on the yarn you’re going to use, make a swatch. Make a full 4 x 4 inch swatch, soak it, block it and measure the stitches per inc. I don’t do this every time because I know my gauge using 2.25 mm needles and fingering weight yarn. You do need to know your stitches per inch in order to get a perfect fitting sock.
Please post questions in the comments sections. Anyone who sees a question and knows the answer or can offer assistance, please respond.
You will need:
- Pattern – Sockmatician Toe Up. If you want to make a different pattern, but just want to knit along with us, feel free, but we’ll be discussing this pattern during the KAL.
- Tape Measure – There’s ONE measurement but this what means your sock will be a perfect fit!
- Calculator – There’s just a tiny bit of easy math. The calculator on your phone is great!
- Yarn – The beauty of Sockmatician’s pattern is that you can use any yarn and any gauge you’d like. With is formula, it will work! My recommendation if this is your first pair of socks is to start with about 400 yards of fingering weight yarn. I wear a size 6-1/2 to 7 shoe and 400 yards is always plenty for me.
- Needles – Whatever size will go along with your yarn. For fingering weight, I like 2.0 or 2.25 mm. You may use double points, two circular needles or one long circular for two at a time.
You may have to work a bit more quickly or slowly than you normally work if you want to truly knit along with us. Don’t feel bad if you can’t keep up or if you want to work ahead and finish your socks way before we do. This is all about having fun and ending up with a new pair of socks.
February 17 – Cast on, work the increases and work until the point where you’re ready to start the gusset. See Sockmatician’s pattern, page 3 – Foot.
February 20 – Increase for the gusset to the point of starting the Heel Turn. (Midway through Page 4 of pattern.)
February 23 – Heel Flap. (Bottom of page 4 of pattern.)
February 25 – Leg, Ribbing & Cast off. (Page 5 of pattern.) The leg will take a while if you’re wanting to make a crew length type sock. I like for the legs on my socks to be about 6 – 7.5″.