Center of Attention – Part 1


A Summer Rerun of Knit Along #1

Welcome to a repeat of the very first Knit Purl Hunter knit along!  Your beautiful turquoise yarn is waiting for you to work some magic.  The yarn has already done good work since $10 of each skein was denoted by Skacel to the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research.

Is this your first KAL with us?  Here is all the pertinent information:

  • A portion of the pattern is revealed here every Thursday in July.  The complete pattern, video resources and lots of helpful tips are included in each post.  An abbreviated, pattern-only version is included to download.
  • All techniques are supported with video instruction at
  • All questions and comments are monitored daily both here and in the Knit Purl Hunter group on Ravelry.  It’s like having your own private knitting tutor!
  • Completed projects are eligible for the monthly prize drawing – first prize is a set of addi Clicks!  See for all the info.

Center of Attention is a toe up sock that features some awesome cables.  Are you new to toe up socks?  Give them a try and find out why many sock knitters prefer this method.  Watch my video, Judy’s Magic Cast On (Starting Toe Up Socks), to see what all the fuss is about.  I know you are going to be hooked, so make it your summer project to kick your socks up a notch!

The original KAL had no references to knitting the socks two at a time (2aat).  If you would like to prevent the dreaded second sock syndrome,  I have videos to guide you every step of the way to knit both Center of Attention socks at once.  Watch my Two at a Time – Toe Up Socks Video to get started.  I prefer to knit 2aat on a 40″ circular needle using the Magic Loop method while some knitters enjoy the process using two 24″ needles.


Before knitting 2aat, the 100g skein must be separated into two 50g balls.  I use a digital food scale to guide me.  Simply place the full skein on the scale and wind off yarn until the scale registers half of the weight.  Don’t fret if your skein weighs less than 100g prior to dividing.  Yarn weights vary with humidity and temperature and are only meant to be an approximation.  The yardage on every skein is an accurate measurement and is consistent with each skein.  If you don’t have access to a scale just estimate as best you can as there is plenty of yardage in the skein to make two socks.

Whether you are knitting one or two toes this week, you can look forward to sock addiction!

  • Trekking XXL – 75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – 459 yards/100g (one skein).  Sample knit in Color “Susanne”.
  • Size 1 (2.5mm) needles or size necessary to achieve desired gauge.  Pattern may be knit with double points, two 24″ circular needles, one 32″ or 40″ needle for magic loop method.  See Magic Loop Video
  • Cable needle

8 stitches per inch in stockinette.

Women’s medium (directions for large in parentheses when necessary).

Medium leg circumference measures 7 ½” unstretched.

Large leg circumference measures 8” unstretched.

Size may also be adjusted by altering needle size.


Part One

Click here to download printable version

kfb – knit into front and back of stitch.  See Kfb Video


Cast On

See Judy’s Magic Cast On Video

Using two needles, cast on 24 stitches using Judy’s magic cast on with 12 stitches on each needle.

Securing tail, knit first 12 stitches.

Knit second 12 stitches through the back loop.


Toe Increases

If using Magic Loop or two circular needle knitting method, increases (kfb) are made at the beginning and end of each needle as follows:

Round 1.  On 1st needle, kfb, knit to last stitch on needle, kfb;  On 2nd needle, kfb, knit to last stitch on needle, kfb.

Round 2.  Knit all stitches.

If using double points, arrange stitches evenly with 6 stitches on 4 needles.  Increases (kfb) are made as follows:

Round 1.  Kfb, knit to last stitch on 2nd needle, kfb, kfb into 1st stitch on 3rd needle, knit to last stitch on 4th needle, kfb.

Round 2.  Knit all stitches.

All needle types:  Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 until toe reaches 64(72) stitches.


I promise an amazing cable to keep you busy next week.

Happy knitting!

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  1. terri feltey
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 8:47 PM | Permalink

    I have been trying for years to do Judys cast on and for some reason I can’t do it, I understand how it is done but I cant’ seem to get the needle going the correct way. Is there an alternative to this method? Would a provisional cast on work? I love the way the sock is looking but I can’t seem to start minel

    • Posted July 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM | Permalink

      I am sorry that the cast on is causing problems for you. Have you watched the video?

  2. jay
    Posted July 20, 2013 at 6:19 PM | Permalink

    I’m new to knitting socks and a bit confused about sizing. If the medium sock is 7.5 unstretched and my foot is 8inches around the widest part (at the base of my toes..?) Then I should go for the medium rather than the large, shouldnt I?

  3. Helen Hayes
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    I came to the cable and it only shows one set of instructions. Are we supposed to do the cable every 5th row–a row that has the open work on the sides?

    • Posted July 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

      Yes, the cable row is only worked on row 5. Work rows 1-10 and then keep repeating them until the foot reaches the desired length. I’m not sure what you mean about the “open work”. To make things easier I have the written instructions for the top of the foot below. I hope this helps!
      These instructions are for the 36 instep stitches. (Keep the sole of the foot in all knit.)

      1. K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p2, k6, p2, k6, p2, k6, p2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk.
      2. k5, p2, k6, p2, k6, p2, k6, p2, k5.
      3. Same as 1.
      4. Same as 2.
      5. K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p2, AC6, p2, AC6, p2, AC6, p2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk.
      6. Same as 2.
      7. Same as 1.
      8. Same as 2.
      9. Same as 1.
      10. Same as 2.

  4. Roxane
    Posted July 14, 2013 at 7:51 PM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle, I am getting a late start. I am finding that that my 2nd sock is a *lot* looser in the toe than the first toe. This is evident after knitting the first row – before any increases. I am using the magic loop. I’ve already ripped out and recast on twice. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! Love your KALs. Thanks for all your help!

    Is it that I’m not pulling the tail tight enough when I knit that first row of the second sock?

    • Posted July 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

      Did you knit the first sock with the same needles? Metal and wooden needles can yield a different gauge. I would knit further than a few rounds to see if the first round looks comparable to the first sock. Keep me posted.

      • Roxane
        Posted July 14, 2013 at 8:21 PM | Permalink

        I am knitting that using the magic loop. I just can’t think of what would be causing the loose gauge in one sock one the first row. The rows after that were fine.

        • Posted July 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

          It must be something with the cast on. Perhaps the second sock was not done in the same manner. Is the second sock acceptable?

          • Roxane
            Posted July 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM | Permalink

            No, it is too loose. I will recast on and try to be more aware of tension. I’m getting my money’s worth from this yarn! :))

          • Posted July 15, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Permalink

            I’m sorry that second sock is giving you so much trouble.

  5. Kelly Lauta
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM | Permalink

    New 40″ circ arrived today, two toes loaded and ready (with slightly uneven balls, tried to split by yardage :p

  6. Kelly Lauta
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

    How do you suggest I now divide the yarn into two?

    • Posted July 7, 2013 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

      Check out the beginning of this week’s clue for details on dividing a skein. You will love two at a time knitting!

  7. Jay
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 5:42 AM | Permalink

    I can’t find this yarn at any of the (few yarn) stores in Brisbane, so will have to see if I can find something similar. I’m really hoping I can because I’m excited to give this a go…

  8. Lori
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 7:25 PM | Permalink

    Fun fun fun. Can’t wait for next weeks clue.

  9. Kelly Lauta
    Posted July 6, 2013 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    Great idea Michelle, I will do that!

  10. Lisa
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    I am new to sock knitting and trying the magic loop method. Going pretty well except for some laddering/loose stitches on the sides despite trying to pull the stitches tight. I find it more difficult to do that on the increase rows. Any tips/tricks for that? Thanks!

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM | Permalink

      It is the second stitch that will tighten up the first loose stitch on the needle. Don’t worry since it will improve as you have more experience. Knit on!

  11. Kelly Lauta
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    I just ordered a 40″ circ and may consider frogging to do taat. Except that my first toe looks so sweet! 😕

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

      No need to frog! Knit your secon toe on 40″ needle and then slide first toe next to it and them knit the rest of the pair two at a time.

  12. Mary
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

    When you are saying 64 stitches when to stop is that 32 stitches on each needle and end with row 2?

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

      Yes. Stop when you have a total of 64 stitches ending after Round 2.

    • Mary
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

      Ok so that only leaves 143.5 hours left before the next part……fly time, FLY!!!

  13. Mary
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    OMG! I am in love with this yarn. Where can I buy more so I can make more and more socks? Different colors available?

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

      Trekking is available in many colors in yarn shops all over the country. I love it, too!

  14. Kelly Lauta
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM | Permalink

    Hi Michelle. Back for another KAL. Loved Ridgely! Have done other KALs on Craftsy and they don’t compete — yours are the best! Since I’ve not really done socks before i started with dbl points and a single sock but am already done with clue#1. Whatever will i do until next week?? 😉

    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for the nice compliment! Next week’s clue will keep you busy!

    • Mary
      Posted July 5, 2013 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

      I am right there with you Kelly. I have only participated in one other KAL and the suspense from week to week really drove me nuts (knuts if you are knitter!) Guess I will have to pick up my other needles and work on my other project. Hopefully will get that done before next Thursday comes along. Supposed to be rainy this week and my husband has to work late each evening so on the evenings I don’t work I will get some good knitting time in.

      Needles Up!

  15. Carol Woodward
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    Finished week one’s toes. I am trying the Two circular method on this pattern and so far so good. I picked the brown purple color #420 and just love the yarn so far. Sounds like we will be very busy on Week 2–thank you for doing the KAL. I loved doing Ridgely. Your instructions are the best!!

  16. Kim
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea – that would be perfect. Thanks!

  17. Kim
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 2:18 PM | Permalink

    Hi. I’ve started this pattern while waiting for Tuesday’s next update for Stripes Alive. What tool do you use for the cable needle? I’m knitting with size 1 (2.25mm) needles but haven’t had a cable hook that small – shepherd hooks are my favorite since the needle doesn’t slide out of the loops. I’m currently using a dpn, but it is sort of in the way or else it falls out which is resulting in a very slow row 5.

    It is a lovely pattern and I can handle one fussy row out of 10.


    • Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

      What a good use of your time! I, too, prefer the hook shaped cable needles but they are hard to find small enough. I found that using a locking stitch marker (they look like plastic safety pins) works well for this pattern. It is thin and it safely holds your stitches while you work that finicky Row 10!

  18. trisha
    Posted March 6, 2011 at 2:44 PM | Permalink

    Hi KnitPurl,
    I’m new to sock knitting (have made only 1 pair), and just discovered your website. To get gauge of 8 sts/inch I have to use a size 00. My foot is small. Is it possible to change the pattern to knit a smaller size without resorting to an even smaller needle? I don’t think I could handle 000 or smaller since I already tend to bend the 00 (using 2 circs – Addi Turbo and Addi Lace). I’d love to be able to knit your pattern; it’s lovely. I’d appreciate any help you can give me.
    Thanks, Trisha

    • Posted March 6, 2011 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

      Welcome to sock addiction! Here is a thought to make your sock smaller: On the chart, eliminate the stitches in columns 1, 2, 35 and 36. The design will still be very close to the original pattern. You could also use fewer stitches for the sole if needed. Let me know how this works out for you.

      • trisha
        Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM | Permalink

        Thank you. I will try this and let you know. When I thought about learning how to do socks, I saw many toe up patterns that I liked but with the smallest size as medium. Without knowing how to make them smaller while still using size 00, I just passed them over & figured the only socks I could make to fit would be plain St st (how boring!). Hopefully your hints will allow me to try more patterns. I’m keeping my fingers crossed since I’d love to knit a different pattern with each sock to hold my interest.
        Thanks for a wonderful website; it’s a great resource.

      • trisha
        Posted April 2, 2011 at 8:40 AM | Permalink

        I finally finished the sock. Your hints did help to make it fit smaller. After washing, the sock felt fine. The only problem was wearing them with some shoes – I could feel where the cables twist, which made them uncomfortable. I’ll wear them with slippers and all should be good. Thank you so much for your help.
        Happy knitting, Trisha

        • Posted April 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM | Permalink

          Congratulations on the finished socks! I was happy to help.

    Posted February 27, 2011 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    I did not get to participate in this project, would it be possible the get the instructions so that I can make it on my own.

    • Posted February 27, 2011 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

      Shari, I would love for you to knit these fun socks. Go to the top of the knit along page and look for the icon “Previous KALs”. A drop down menu will appear and then click on January and the postings will be there for you to download. Please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy knitting, Michelle

  20. Peggy
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:52 PM | Permalink

    I’m doing both socks at the same time. This one seems to go together quickly. Can’t wait to start the heel!

  21. Connie
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Just finished foot of sock 2. Whoopee!!!! I am working from both ends of the ball using dpns. I just tuck the sock with needles on the inside of the ball when working with the yarn from the outside. I attach the sock with needles fromt the outside of the ball to the ball with a rubber band when working with the yarn from the center of the ball. No weighing, winding, etc., which of course leaves more time for knitting!!!!

  22. Gloria
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:48 AM | Permalink

    In the instructions for the start of the Cable pattern is says, (k7 kfb) Does that mean the increase in on the 8th st? Why the uneven incrases across 32 sts?

    What would happen if I increased 4 sts evenly across?

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

      Go ahead and increase as you would prefer. As long as you have 36sts for the instep all will be well.

  23. Denise in ThreeLakes
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:15 PM | Permalink

    My LYS just got the yarn and now I’m on my way to my first KAL. Looking forward to doing the cables. Pretty color for a January sock.

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