Center of Attention – Part 2

I hope you have a sweet toe just begging for an incredible instep design.  Here is a picture of my toe just twitching in anticipation for Part Two:

I always say that cables give you the best bang for your buck in knitting because cables only look difficult.  It can be our secret that the big results in this sock are actually quite simple to knit.  The unusual cable in this pattern is called an axis cable.  It is worked over six stitches and makes a dramatic statement.  If you are new to cables, watch my Cables video before you begin.  Follow up with the Axis Cable video to walk you through each step of this cable technique.

Knitters following a size Medium will need to work increases (see below) over the instep stitches to achieve the required 36 stitches.  All knitters will work the instep by following a chart.  In circular knitting, charts are worked from bottom to top and right to left.  Charts give a clear picture of the finished work.  Begin at Row 1 of the chart working each stitch over the first 36 stitches of the round – this will be the instep.  Finish the round by knitting the remaining 32(36) to keep the sole of the foot in stockinette.  After working all 10 rows of the chart, begin again at Row 1.  Repeat this process until the sock measures 2″ less the length of your foot ending after an even numbered round.  If knitting with circular needles, just slip the sock on to test the length.  Dpn knitters can put in a lifeline and remove the needles if desired.  The 2″ is measured from the back of the heel.

Part Two

Click here to download printable version

AC6 (Axis Cable) – slip 4 stitches to cable needle and hold in front of work, knit 2 stitches from left hand needle, return 2 center stitches from cable needle to left hand needle, move cable needle to back of work, knit 2 center stitches, knit 2 stitches from cable needle.  See Axis Cable Video

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

 

k2tog – knit two together.  See K2tog Video

 

ssk – slip next stitch as if to knit, slip next stitch as if to knit, insert left needle into the front of these two slipped stitches from left to right and knit together.  See SSK Video

 

yo – yarn over.  See Yarn Over Video

Foot

Note: Directions are for medium size (directions for large in parentheses when necessary).

MEDIUM SIZE ONLY:  Increase 4 stitches over instep (first 32 stitches) as follows:  (K7, kfb) 4 times.  Knit to end of round.  There are now 36 instep stitches and 32 sole stitches for a total of 68 stitches.

ALL SIZES:  First 36 stitches will form the instep (top of foot). Last 32(36) stitches will form the sole (bottom of foot).

Begin design on instep stitches (see chart below), knitting all sole stitches.

Continue knitting in pattern until foot measures 2” less than desired length of foot ending after an even numbered row.

STOP!

Your beautiful foot needs a heel, but you will have to wait for next week’s instructions.

Happy knitting!

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211 Comments

  1. jay
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM | Permalink

    I think I know the answer but, especially because I love these socks and want them to be perfect, was wondering if I should be measuring that two two inches away from the back of my heel with my foot gently placed in the sock (ie: sock not stretched) or if I should be stretching the sock a bit so it is nice and snug (but not tight or evemn too snug) when measuring?

    • Posted July 25, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

      Good work to be ready for the heel! Measure your sock 2″ from the back of your heel when it is on your foot and very slightly stretched.

  2. JulieO
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM | Permalink

    OMG… My lunch startsin in 9 minutes and I have no part three!?!??!? What will I do!!!!????

    • Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

      It’s up. Have fun knitting at lunch!

    • Roxane
      Posted July 18, 2013 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

      Yikes!!!!!!!! I had better get moving – I only have one set of cable repeats done. I got a late start and had some trouble early on. Can we all share pics at the end?

      • Posted July 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM | Permalink

        Lots of people share pictures in our Ravelry group. Try it out and join the chatter.

  3. Nadine Duncan
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

    I’m anxious to start Part 3. Has there been a delay, or am I missing the posting?

    • Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

      It is up! Refresh the browser if you can’t see it. Thanks for your patience.

    • Posted July 18, 2013 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

      Yes, the post went up at 9am. The computer decided to put the posts in numerical order. I have reordered them so #3 is displayed first as is my usual format. Thanks for your patience.
      Happy knitting,
      Michelle

  4. Helen Hayes
    Posted July 16, 2013 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    I want to ask if the cable row is every 5th or 6row. It is shown on the graph only once and I was confused. Also, this is my first try at doing a toe up pair of sox. I guess I had never figured out how to do two at a time with the Magic Loop Method.

    • Posted July 16, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

      It is on Row 5 of the 10 row repeat. Work rows 1-4, cable row (Row 5) then work rows 6-10. Keep repeating this process. How can I help with the two at a time?

    • Helen Hayes
      Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:20 AM | Permalink

      I figured it out and it is so gratifying to know they will both be done at the same time. Your tutorials are so easy to follow even though I may have to look several times.

      • Posted July 17, 2013 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

        That’s great news! No second sock syndrome for you.

  5. Mary
    Posted July 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

    Well DANG! I had the toe all done (very pretty) and had about 6 rows of the foot done and my silly but very lovable puppy ate not only my needles but a portion of my yarn! I will start again…..but it was so fun the first time I am sure it will be fun again.

    • Posted July 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

      Oh my goodness! Good thing the puppy is so lovable.

    • mary fo
      Posted July 16, 2013 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

      Hope you’re feeling much better, Mary.
      I recognized your story….aren’t animals so much fun to have around? When I woke this morning one of my dogs left me a prize I certainly don’t remember asking for ,( if you know what I mean.)
      I am now loving my sock and eagerly waiting for the heel instructions. maybe I should start the second sock. Or maybe not. The instructions
      are easy to remember. Though I’m still unhappy with the way the left side of my toe looks.
      maybe I’ll figure it out on the second sock. ..or maybe not.
      Smiles and happy thoughts

      • Posted July 16, 2013 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

        Is the left side of your sock the beginning of the round?

  6. Wendy
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    In my excitement to get going on the chart I forgot that charts are worked from the bottom up….and the un-knitting begins ;)

    • Posted July 11, 2013 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

      I think of charts like the old dot-to-dot pictures we did as kids. Find the #1 and then go to #2 and so on. Works like a charm!

  7. Mary
    Posted July 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

    So when I am reading this chart I read it all from right to left correct? All the numbers are on the right so I read from that side. Because this is all on the top of the sock. Just clarifying. We have a long road trip today so I am doing my homework teach! :-) Also helping my mom get this sock started too. WAY fun.

    • Posted July 11, 2013 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

      You are correct. Read from right to left. Safe travels!

  8. janeg
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM | Permalink

    I like your patterns that you are having us do each month. I got a little behind and now am having a hard time understanding how to do the AC6cable stitch. I did one and that one is to the right, the next one is to the left. Question is should they all go in the same direction in each row?
    Where can I look up this stitch pattern so I can print it off to have in front of me?
    I have started the hand pattern for February. I have done a half of a sock on one circle needle a few years back so I am very glad to learn this again.
    I am having fun doing these socks and hand warmers. I work when I can but I keep trying. jg

    • Posted February 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

      I’m happy to have you knitting with me. Have you watched the axis cable video? It shows how the cables should lean. You can print off a copy of each part of the pattern by clicking on the words “Click here to download printable copy”. I hope I have answered your questions! Let me know if you need further assistance.

  9. Patrice Culbertson
    Posted January 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM | Permalink

    I am enjoying the KAL, but feeling a little pressure to keep up. Your tutorials are SO helpful! I have watched several of them several times, and am often knitting in front of the computer. I always like to try new techniques or patterns on worsted wt. yarn with 4+ needles so that I can see what I am doing. It seems to help me.

    The “double diamond pattern” you showed at the end of the yarn over video is lovely and would make a beautiful scarf. Is that pattern available somewhere? Thank you for all your knitting help. You sound so calm and confident – you give us learners hope for the future. Great teaching!

    • Posted January 21, 2011 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

      Please don’t feel pressure to keep up with the KAL! Knitting is meant to be pleasurable. Tune in to the clues when you have time and work at your own pace. All patterns will be on the website until July 15.
      I agree about the worsted weight and larger needles. You have good instincts!
      I will have the Double Diamond pattern available in the near future in the Pattern Store on my website. Not enough time in the day!

  10. Nancy W. Collins
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    Yea! I’m ready for the next session on two socks. The heel was the easiest I have ever done, and I knitted 6 pairs of socks last year. And, I’m knitting both socks from the same skein. I put a dowel through the middle and taped the end coming from the middle of the skein while I’m working on the yarn coming from the outside. It seems to help!

    Where do you see the winners posted? Is there somewhere else we need to register?

    Loving my socks, my lace addis and the magic loop!!

    • Mudpies
      Posted January 19, 2011 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

      Oh neat Nancy! I am gonna have to try that trick with the dowel! Thanks!

  11. bj
    Posted January 18, 2011 at 12:46 AM | Permalink

    OK. A friend printed it and she says the entire pattern is there.

    It was a pretty simple pattern to memorize so I knitted from the website and didn’t download or print. It appears the website has limited the width of the graph and simply cut off the first 6 stitches.

    Since I couldn’t find the yarn anywhere locally in time for the first KAL, I’m using Paton’s Kroy 3-ply with size zero needles. I really don’t want to rip out this entire foot, I can live with an asymmetrical pattern. But is having 6 stockinette stitches instead of the purl and 5 st. lace panel going to cause me any difficulty when I get past the heel?

    I often design in a surprise feature in my socks – a color stripe in the toe of only 1 sock, an asymmetrical pattern, etc. So I am perfectly happy with leaving my sock the way it is.

    • Posted January 18, 2011 at 5:56 AM | Permalink

      I love how easy going you are! Your asymmetrical pattern will work just fine for the leg.

  12. Kim
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM | Permalink

    Yay! All done with the heel…and both socks to boot! Can’t believe it’s only Monday…hope Saturday comes soon for the next clue!

  13. bj
    Posted January 16, 2011 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    I’m puzzled by something. In the picture, your sock appears to have a lace panel at each side, yet the graph begins with the purl and cable starting at row 7. I assumed rows 1 thru6 were stockinette and the pattern was designed to be asymmetrical.

    I don’t want to rip out these socks to fix that. Is it going to cause me problems when I get past the heel?

    • Posted January 17, 2011 at 6:50 AM | Permalink

      Each odd row starts with k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk and then followed by the purls, etc. The cable row is Row 5. It seems as if you can’t see the entire chart on your computer. Try printing out the pattern. Go under “Part Three” and click “Click here to download printable copy”. This will send a copy for you to print. Let me know how this works for you!

  14. Posted January 15, 2011 at 5:27 PM | Permalink

    Ready to start the heel flap. I had 5 repeats of the cable. My foot measures about 8-1/2″ and 5 repeats puts me at 6-1/2″. I hope that is correct – my foot looks much shorter than yours!

    • Posted January 15, 2011 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

      You don’t need full repeats just end after an even row.

      • Posted January 15, 2011 at 8:30 PM | Permalink

        It just happened that 5 repeats = 6-1/2″. I’ve not done a toe up sock, only cuff down. So if I’m reading this correctly 8-1/2″ -2″ should put me at 6-1/2″. I wear a 6.5 or 7 shoe size….I think my feet are shorter than yours. LOL!

  15. Uwimana
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

    Hello to you everyone ,
    thanks Michelle for all your work on this KAL:)

    Quick question, I’ve been trying to figure this out. When I complete the first row of the graph pattern for the cables will I still be left with 36 stitches? I’m a newbie.

    Thank you for your direction :)

  16. Judy
    Posted January 15, 2011 at 8:41 AM | Permalink

    Can’t wait to start Part 3. Guess it’s not posted yet. The pattern is awesome .

  17. Rita
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM | Permalink

    My first knit a long
    Having a great time
    Loving the cable

  18. Tammy
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM | Permalink

    I have been using a locking stitch marker for a cable needle as all of mine are way too big both in diameter and length. Thought I would pass that along.

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

      You just gave me one more reason to love my locking stitch markers!

    • Annette
      Posted January 14, 2011 at 10:21 PM | Permalink

      What a great idea!! I’ll give it a try tonight. I’ve been using a double point as I misplaced my cable needles. It is a bit akward but not umanageable.

  19. Ellen C
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:27 PM | Permalink

    Almost done – only about an inch more to knit on the foot – if all goes well, I should finish up tonight.

  20. Amy
    Posted January 14, 2011 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    Am finishing my foot today. As I read the posts, a couple thoughts come to mind about how tight/loose the knitting is. I started my toe on a Turbo Lace. I was having problems keeping my tension even and it was bugging me. I am a perfectionist. I switched to a bamboo needle. The wood tends to slow me down and that improves my tension. The stitches are even and the bottom of the foot looks beautiful. Gotta give some kudos to the bottom cuz the cable gets all the attention! Second, I have done two at a time before but I don’t remember if I had this problem. Why are my needle cables so curly? It is a pain in the tush to pull/push them thru when turning. Am I doing something wrong? Congrats to the second weekly winner! Wish the school I teach in would let me cruise websites while I work so I could participate!

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

      Are your needles the addi-bamboo? My experience with addis is that the cable relaxes over time. Good for you to take on two socks at a time!

      • Amy
        Posted January 15, 2011 at 7:40 AM | Permalink

        No its not. I will check the lys for them. Not sure if I’ve seen them there or not. My finished foot looks much better with the different needles. My cables don’t have the definition on the links like the video at first glance, but if you do a little stretching across the cable row, they look better. At least I know I did it right!

    • Barbara
      Posted January 14, 2011 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

      I love any of the circs that have a swivel between the cable and the tip. It really helps the curly business from being a problem. My hiya hiya interchangeables are nice like this and so are the $ Signature $ needles, if you can afford them. They haven’t put out the smallest sizes yet, so can’t use them for this project anyway.

  21. Abby M
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM | Permalink

    Love the cable – they are a little fiddly, but I like the challenge. I’m using a mini crochet hook as my cable needle, which is working well. It’s thick on one end which keeps them from falling off & the hook helps it from falling off the other…

    I can’t wait for the next clue!

  22. Sharon
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    I am really enjoying knitting this pair of socks. I got a late start, as my lys did not have the yarn in stock. When they did get it in, I got it right a way. Had a terrible time with the cast on. Must of watched that video a hundred times, along with any other video that showed it. Finally realized that once I got the cast on stitches on the needles, I was turning the needles over and would always be getting that ridge on the outside. Once I got that it is onward and upward with magic loop two at a time.

    Thank you for this knit along.

    • Posted January 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM | Permalink

      You are through the toughest part and smooth sailing from now on!

  23. Ellen C
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    I am behind, as I had to order my yarn – but I’ve got about 6″ done on both socks – (I always knit 2 at a time on Magic Loop). The cable is really tight -even though I’m trying to knit looser than normal for a couple of rows before. But it is really pretty. Hope I can get close to caught up before the next lesson!

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

      6″ is a lot to have done! The cables are tight, but the lace work on the sides of the instep will compensate for that. Keep up the good work.

    • Mudpies
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

      I got my yarn today!! These will actually be my first pair of socks I knit! Pat has been trying to get me to knit socks knowing my love for small knits, but things just keep getting on my list (dishes, laundry, mop…husband and kids…never would trade the last ones) Knitting has gotten me to sit and relax and unwind. I have been learning for a year now, and can’t imagine not ever having yarn! Even my 4 year old is starting to knit! Maybe she will be ready for your next KAL?

      • Posted January 14, 2011 at 7:16 AM | Permalink

        Glad to have you along! Your 4 year old could be the youngest KALer!

        • Mudpies
          Posted January 14, 2011 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

          Yeah, but she won’t be ready till next year. She holds the needles, she
          knits through the front loop, she wraps the yarn and throws the evil
          queen off the tower. Sometimes she gets it correct, sometimes she slips
          stitches. But, for 4 years old, she is great! There is a pic of her learning on
          Ravelry.

          • Posted January 14, 2011 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

            Love the evil queen bit. I always use – “In through the front door, once around the back, peek through the window and off jumps Jack.”

  24. Marie G
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    I have a question about the Magic Loop. Is this just a method of using circular needles? or are the needles different than circular. I am getting ready to order yarn for next month and want to try the circular needles as well, but I don’t know which ones to get. Any guideline?
    Thanks!!

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

      Magic loop is a technique used to knit in the round using one long circular needle eliminating the need for double points. I find that the 32″ length is plenty long for me, but some knitters prefer the 40″. We will be knitting with US#2 (3mm) needles next month and they are available in both lengths. I am a die hard fan of the addi-turbo laceneedles. These tips are sharper and easier to use for more involved stitches (HINT) and the needles have the same smooth join featured on all their circular needles. Let me know if you have more questions!

      • Jean
        Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

        Reading this I can say boy am I glad I got the addie lace needles the other day!!!

      • Marie G
        Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

        So for this pattern it calls for a size 1 needle and I needed a size 3 to get close to my gauge. So…….. do you think I should get a size 4? It sounds like next month may be a little more challenging (which I like) and it seems when things get more difficult I tend to tighten my stitches. Is there a trick for keeping the stitches loose? other than more practice, much I am doing (and loving).
        Thank you so much for answering all my beginner questions!! :)

        • Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

          A couple of things:
          1. You walk the way you walk, talk the way you talk and knit the way you knit. Embrace the way you knit! That is why there are different sizes of needles. The gauge in a pattern is the number of stitches the designer achieved on their needles – it doesn’t mean it is right or wrong, just their result. As you gain experience you may know yourself well enough to start swatching with a bigger or smaller size needle. It is actually easier for tighter knitters since you can always find bigger needles, where loose knitters sometimes find that they are still too loose on 00′s.
          2. Many things can change your tension. As you said, when you are trying something new you may tense up and later loosen as you get comfortable. Many people find that their second sock will be a little looser since they are familiar with the pattern. (Don’t worry, your foot won’t notice!)
          3. When you mention the size of your needles is this the US size? mm size? Needle numbers can be inconsistent which is why I always list the US size AND mm size in my patterns to give you an extra double check. The fingerless gloves next month have a lot of give to them so it will be hard to go wrong. I never mind buying needles since they are an investment in my favorite past time and I know I will use them at some point.
          Whew – I hope I have helped!

          • Marie G
            Posted January 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM | Permalink

            Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

      • Sandy B.
        Posted January 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM | Permalink

        If you want to knit two socks at one time using the Magic Loop technique, I find that the 47″ length works well.

  25. mary
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM | Permalink

    I have a question although it may be dumb….. I have the first sock ready and want to start the second. I found the other end on the ball of yarn. Will I get myself into any trouble trying to do two socks attached to the same ball of yarn?

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

      Mary, There is no such thing as a dumb question! Your was actually very timely. Check out today’s entry on my blog, Confessions of a Knitaholic (accessed from my home page), and just this issue is addressed. I hope it helps!

    • Lori
      Posted January 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM | Permalink

      Mary – I’m doing that too – two socks, one from each end of the skein…fingers crossed! :-)

    • Doreen
      Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

      I actually planned on this, so I divided my skein in half so I wouldn’t have to monkey with the 2 ends atthe same time…

      • Katherine
        Posted January 15, 2011 at 12:52 AM | Permalink

        I thought Doreen had such a great idea, I stole it before I started. Wound half the ball separately. WTG Doreen! :)

        • Posted January 15, 2011 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

          Check out my latest post on my blog, “Confessions of a Knitaholic”, (accessed from my home page) and it addressed dividing your yarn.

  26. Margaret
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    I’m ready for the next step working on two circular needles but with so many singing the praises of the magic loop, I broke down and ordered a 32″ lace Addi. Hope I ordered it long enough. I am anxious to try the “loop”.

    • Posted January 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

      I also use 32″ circulars. I have taught hundreds of knitters the magic loop and only a few returned to their double points. Let me know what you think!

  27. Katherine
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    Alrighty, I’m done with two socks and waiting for heel instructions! I’ve been home for three days sick. I waited for divine inspiration (apparently Judy invented “Judy’s Magic Cast On” when she was home sick), but nothing happened. Instead, I got Axis Cables. I’ll take em! :)

  28. Annette
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    Progressing through step 2, I like the cable though a bit tricky (tight) until you get the hang of it. I’m doing one sock on addi double points and one on a 32″ circular using the magic loop. I think the circular was much easier for doing the toe than the double points and so far holds true for step 2. The other socks I’ve done have been on double points and I really like them but circular/magic loop is faster! Looking forward to step 3.

  29. mary
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM | Permalink

    I finally got my yarn today. NOW I must catch up!!!

  30. Jean
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 5:48 PM | Permalink

    ok I didn’t get to knit yet today but I am going to start my second sock over the weekend I bought a circular and I am going to do 2 at a time

  31. Judy
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    love the addi turbos 40in needles! Started with one sock , then decided to try 2 at the same time. It’s great!

  32. Marie G
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

    I have done 2 1/2 repeats of the cable design and I am starting to get more comfortable with it all. :) I still have a long way to go, but I think I will atleast be caught up with one sock by Saturday. I know there are lots of mistakes in it but who’s going to know? I’m not telling. :)

  33. Kitty Call
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:43 AM | Permalink

    I just finished the second step on my second sock and can hardly wait for step three. This is the first time I have done this type of knit along and I am loving it. I knit with all the gals from WRY’s

  34. Jean
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

    snow Day Yea!!!! ow what to knit first! I made a quick purchase of circular needles yesterday I think I am going to start sock2

  35. hamsterlaugh
    Posted January 12, 2011 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    Really neat cable. And thank you for another exceptionally clear instructional video! I might use this again for a future project but add definition to the chain design via some extra purls in the cables for rows 1, 9, and 10 thus: where here you k6…. instead I would k2, p2, k2 for just those 3 rows.

    • Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

      I am most flattered when a knitter takes one of my designs and adds their own flair.

  36. Lisa in CA
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 10:50 PM | Permalink

    I am totally enjoying this KAL. I’ve been on a bit of a knitting break, considering a year ago there was not a day that I didn’t have a pair of needles in my hands at least 3 hours a day! Why, you ask? It seams that my anal-compulsive-self loves baseball, specifically the GIANTS! Yea, nice win, huh?!! While I can happily knit through a football or basketball game (college), I can’t do that with baseball…and given the Giants’ season, I had A LOT to watch!! So, over New Year’s, I got back into my knitting closet and cleaned, identified, and straightened, and in the process realized that I REALLY missed my knitting. I follow Green Planet Yarns (Campbell, CA) on Twitter, which is where I heard about this. On January 3rd, ordered the yarn, and I’m back in the swing!! HAPPILY!! I’ve done plenty of pairs of socks, but I’m still lovin’ this. I’m 1 1/2 repeats away from being ready for the heels on Saturday…YEA! While I’m waiting, I’ve got PLENTY of WIPs to work on, but the anticipation is killing me! I’m in it for the full 6 months…already bought yarn for month 2. Thanks Michelle!

    • Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

      Lisa, Welcome back to knitting! Next to knitting on the beach (don’t get to do that much in Ohio), my favorite thing to do is watch sports and knit. If the game is intense then I knit something very simple. Golf is perfect to watch while knitting a complicated project. You get the idea – I knit all the time!
      I will actually be at Green Planet Yarns on February 16! I would love to sit and knit with you in person. Check the shop for details.
      Happy knitting!

  37. Pam B.
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 9:26 PM | Permalink

    This is a great KAL! Love the Axis cables. I have knit my socks on 2-Addi 24″ circulars for years. I have been wanting to try the “Magic Loop” method, but just have never done it. With your video lessons page, I think now is the perfect time to try it. Thank you!

  38. Tammy
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    Am really enjoying this! I like the Magic Loop technique and see myself definitely using it for toe-up socks. I did eliminate the lace panel for fit because even using a 2.0mm (US 0) circ I have a gauge of 6 spi. Will have to make a 1.75mm circ my next purchase!

    • Posted January 11, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

      Nice move to correct for fit. Customizing is a real benefit to hand knit socks.

  39. JoLene (trvl2mtns)
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    I had a question regarding the yarn for KAL#2. I don’t really like the sand tweed because it’s not really a color that would match anything that I have. I want to substitute but my LYS does not normally carry this fiber family. I have noticed that there is also an XXL that is striped (vs tweeded). Would the design for the fingerless gloves be OK in a striped yarn — I’m afraid it might distract from the design.
    Sorry to get ahead, but I am having surgery on Jan 31 and I’m not sure if I will be able to knit right away so I’m trying to get everything lined up and ready to make the contest date. :-D

    • Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM | Permalink

      What an organized knitter you are to have your knitting projects all lined up before surgery – a girl after my own heart! Feel free to substitute another XXL yarn, but please be sure that it is the 6-ply. There are many other beautiful tweed colors to choose from (I just finished a pair of socks in the medium gray). If you choose stripes, I would select the more muted/subtle variety to showcase the design we will be creating. Good luck with your surgery!

      • JoLene (trvl2mtns)
        Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:48 PM | Permalink

        Cool — I just ordered the Tweed med grey.
        In real life, I am a business planner, but have been off of work for a while so I guess I have the need to organize. Plus, I don’t think that I’ll be able to knit for at least two weeks.

  40. Jan Talkington
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    Just heard about the kal at LYS (Apple Valley Yarn Co.) knit night last night. I took the yarn home and started right in on the toe. Tonight, I’ll be ready to experiment with the cable. What fun!

  41. Jean
    Posted January 11, 2011 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

    Ok 1 sock done . Now I have to play with some of my other works in progress waiting till Sat for part 3.

  42. Kim
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 8:53 PM | Permalink

    Okay…I am in knitting heaven!!!! May I say I now know why people like knitting socks! This magic cast on thing using circular addi turbos is just the berries!!! Truly…I can’t believe I was using 5 needles before! This is really so much more fun!! Back to the magic…

  43. Marie G
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    Whoo hoo! My yarn and needles were in the mail today!
    But I am not sure I am going to be able to do these correctly. I tried to cast on with the size 1 douple points and I just could not do it. I have switched to size 3 and was able to get the cast on done from the wonderful video. I am going to go ahead and do the toe on the 3′s and see how it turns out. I am so new to knitting I think I am still making my stitches too tight. I have never worked with yarn that is so small. So once I am at the end of the toe I will re-evaluate and see if I need to start over with the smaller needles.
    This is going to be a huge learning experience for me!
    Thank you!!

    • Posted January 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

      Good luck to you! Let me know if I can help.

      • Marie G
        Posted January 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

        Just finished one toe and getting ready to start the cable. Couple of questions.
        My guage using the size three is about 8 1/2 stitches per inch. Is this ok? If while I am continuing knitting these socks I notice my stitches beginning to be not so tight can I go ahead and move down to a smaller needle? And since I am using douple points will it be easier to move the 36 instep stitches to one needle while leaving 16 on each of the other two? Sorry for all the questions.

        • Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM | Permalink

          Never be sorry for questions! 8 1/2 stitches per inch (in stockinette) will give you a smaller/tighter sock than the 8 stitches per inch. If you are ok with that then go for it. A smaller needle size will give you more stitches to the inch. If you want less stitches to the inch (i.e. bigger stitches) move to a bigger needle.
          I would definitely move the instep stitches to one needle to make the cabling pattern easier and keep the sole stitches on two needles.
          Keep up the good work and don’t hesitate to ask questions!

          • Marie G
            Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:54 PM | Permalink

            Thank you soooo mcuh!!
            On to the cables I go!

  44. Kim
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    Bummer…I’ve been doing these on dpns and it is driving me crazy so I am starting over. I am not giving up! And best of all I bought my FIRST Addi Turbo needles! Here I go! I have some catching up to do!

  45. Jen
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Cannot wait to get this step going tonght. My 1st sock ever! :-) I have this site bookmarked on my phone so all I have remember is grabbing the yarn and needles and I’m good to go!!

    Also, I’d like to start making the 2nd sock as we go – are those of you doing this transfering the project off your magiv loop to needles to do the other sock or do you have 2 loops?

    • Posted January 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

      Welcome to sock addiction! You can knit two socks at a time on one needle with the magic loop if you like. Since this is your first sock, I would work one toe and put it on a holder and then make the second toe and then add the first toe to your needle and proceed to knit two at a time. The toe is a bit fiddly the first time you try so I recommend taking it easy with just one at the start. Although, you may be one of the super-duper knitters who gets it all right the first time you are shown. Let me know how it goes!

  46. Isabelle Holmes
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:48 PM | Permalink

    I’m still waiting for my yarn to arrive. I can’t wait to get started and to catch up this week. This looks like a great pattern.

  47. Debbie (sock sister)
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM | Permalink

    I have a friend who’s a lefty. I think she would do this if you had left-handed versions of your videos. Ever consider making a library for lefties?

    • Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:59 PM | Permalink

      If only there were more hours in the day!

    • Tammy
      Posted January 10, 2011 at 6:42 PM | Permalink

      My daughter is left handed and I just taught her right handed from the beginning and she had no problems. She feels that you use both hands and that is why she did not have any problems. Good Luck to your friend!

      • Nancy
        Posted January 11, 2011 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

        I am a ‘lefty’ too and was not able to find anyone to teach me left-handed many, many years ago so I use my right hand and I am fine. When I look at left-hand instructions now I don’t think I could figure them out. I also think it is good to use my alternate hand in terms of small muscle control. I also crochet with my right hand. The only things I have had difficulty with are embroidery and smocking. Good luck!

      • Michele
        Posted January 11, 2011 at 10:57 PM | Permalink

        Tammy, I am a lefty too. Since I learned to knit when I was in second or third grade at school (MANY years ago), I feel most comfortable knitting “left-handed.” When I watch how-to knitting videos, I set up a mirror facing the monitor so I can watch the steps in the reverse image. This method works well most of the time.

        Michelle, this is my first time participating in a knit-along and my very first sock! I’m so excited. Thank you for hosting!

        • Posted January 12, 2011 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

          It is my pleasure to host this KAL and thanks for the lefty tips.

  48. Nancy Wright
    Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    I am really enjoying this KAL as well – I could hardly wait till Saturday for Part II – I have done 2 repeats of the pattern so far – how many would you suggest for the foot – 5? This is the first pair of socks I have knit for myself and am not sure of the stretchability – I usually do 60 rows for my husband’s tootsies. I’m also wondering what needles people are using (I love my Addi Circs but also love 5″ dpns) and how many knitters are participating in this KAL. This is such a great idea – I’ll have both feet done by Saturday.

    • Posted January 10, 2011 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

      I’m glad you are having fun! Don’t worry about the number of repeats on the foot. It is important to measure the length of your foot and substract 2″. This is the length you will want your sock to be when we start the heel next week. The heel add 2″ to the length of the foot. As for me, I looooove addi-lace circular needles and I use them to knit the magic loop method. I really enjoy the sharp tips which make tricky stitches a snap. At the present time I have no idea how many people are participating in the KAL. There are about 150 people in the Knit Purl Hunter KAL Ravelry group. My website is receiving up near 1,000 hits a day so I have lots of visitors. The national ad appears in knitting magazines beginning at the end of the month so I am hoping we are joined by lots more knitters!

      • Nancy Wright
        Posted January 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

        Thanks, Michelle – I have not mastered Magic Loop but I did treat myself to Lace clicks. I really like 12″ circulars for my socks but I find they do not work as well with a patterned sock. I did ask Skacel if they were considering 5″ dpns but they said no – I have 5″ dpns in Kollage, Signature and Lantern Moon – they all work well but I know Magic Loop is a great method – can you suggest a good resource for that method? I think this KAL is such a great idea and your resources are excellent!

        • Posted January 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

          I have a video, “Magic Loop”, on my video lesson page. Go to the home page and click on Video Lessons and all the titles are listed alphabetically. Let me know how it goes!

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