January 2014 KAL – Focus Pocus


Join me in January 2nd as we return to sock knitting with a unique two at a time sock pattern.  This pattern is suitable for men and women and features techniques new to the series.  Subscribe to my newsletter to receive an email reminder.

Supply List

  • 2 skeins, CoBaSi by HiKoo, 50g/220 yards each, 55% cotton, 16% bamboo, 8% silk, 21% elastic nylon
  • US #1 (2.5mm) 40″ circular needle or size necessary to achieve approx. gauge of 8.5 stitches per inch.

Sample knit with Cobasi color #12 on addi Sock Rockets.

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  1. Helen Hayes
    Posted January 15, 2014 at 10:42 PM | Permalink

    I am using magic loop for each sock as I can’t get the two at a time. I am ready for row 11 and am confused as to what to do. I don’ understand the amount of stitches on righ side of red line. HELP!!!!!!!

    • Posted January 16, 2014 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

      Perhaps your printer only used black and white. The red line is the vertical center line found between the “squares” numbered 337 and 38. Does this help?

  2. Joan
    Posted January 14, 2014 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    Hi well just to let u know part one is done correctly and now for second part
    I will try to do better but no guarantees> I will read twice and knit I hope once
    Thanks again but for the mess I had it was better to start over. They are twisting correctly

  3. Posted January 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    Re: Focus Pocus KAL – Part 2:

    Small size written instructions lower leg – round 5 and round 7 the stitch counts are off. Round 5 first 28 stitches only has 27 stitches. Round 7 first 28 stitches have 29 stitches.
    I looked for a correction, but there wasn’t any.

    • Posted January 14, 2014 at 12:10 AM | Permalink

      I’m so sorry you missed the errata. Here it is:
      Written instructions for rounds 5 and 7 of the small size are still incorrect.

      They should be:

      Round 5. Needle #1 – Over first 28 stitches: (k3,p3) 4 times, k3, p1. Over second 28 stitches: P1, k3,p3) 4 times, k3.
      Needle #2 – Same as needle 1.

      Round 7. Needle #1 – Over first 28 stitches: P1, (k3,p3) 4 times, k3. Over second 28 stitches: (K3,p3) 4 times, k3,p1.
      Needle #2 – Same as needle 1.

      • Posted January 14, 2014 at 3:36 PM | Permalink

        Thanks, that helps. Where was the errata that I missed it.

        • Posted January 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM | Permalink

          I am traveling and can’t access my computer files. I posted it on Ravelry

  4. Helen Hayes
    Posted January 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM | Permalink

    I am confused where to start second set of Focus Pocus pattern part 2. I am doing the medium sock. I feel so dense, but i’ve looked @ the pattern several times and just got more confused. Also, do you start the heel after you finish the repeats of the main part?

    • Posted January 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

      After working the upper leg repeats, work the three set up rounds. After the set up, begin with chart B and work in the same manner as chart A. You will work chart B the same number of times as you worked chart A ending last repeat after row 10. Then begin the heel instructions. Hope this helps!

  5. Joan
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM | Permalink

    THANK YOU I almost cried at the time I saw it but thanks to you – you saved the day
    will switch them but they are both knitted to the right swirl will it work?? or should I knit
    a half row and turn one around so it (make back front) to make it go to the left???

    • Posted January 10, 2014 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

      I’m not sure I follow you. Can you clarify?

    • Joan
      Posted January 10, 2014 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

      Hi I took a good look at the design it will not look good as I made some major mistakes in the beginning and I have on the back of one a zig zag soyou know what happened next I RIPPED all out and starting from the beginning so right front is right side of chart and left front is left side chart now what are the backs
      I use side #1 on left and use side #2 on right
      or back of sock is #1 use chart for #1 right
      and back of sock #2 use chart #2 left
      to continue the swirl?????

      • Posted January 10, 2014 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

        I feel your pain! On needle #1, you will work the chart from the beginning of the row to to the red line (end of right sock ), then you will work from the red line to the end of the row (end of left sock). On needle #2, you will work the chart from the beginning of the row to the red line (this will be the back of the left sock) and then you will work from the red line to the end of the row (back of the right sock). In other words, work both needle EXACTLY the same from the chart. The pattern will take care of the mirroring. Make sense?

        • Joan
          Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:22 PM | Permalink

          I think I got it #1 needle right side of chart on first sock
          2nd half is sock 2 now turn to back of sock and first sock
          (2) Left use the right side of chart and sock #1 use left side of chart Oh I hope the light bulb turned

          • Joan
            Posted January 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

            I should not be this dim as I have knitted all the kal sock patterns. I am so sorry to hassle you with my confusion

          • Posted January 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

            You are never a bother – I love helping you!

  6. JOAN
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    YEEKS HELP I made a hugh error and did the front of both socks on the right and the back of both sides on the left. Both of my socks swirl to the right any way to save me from ripping out 3 inches of the left sock and starting over ?????
    Missed reading a paragraph in the instructions as I only used the chart

    • Posted January 9, 2014 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

      Are you knitting 2aat? If so, take the socks off of the needle and switch their position – left will now be right and right will now be left. Your diamond will be different but I think it still will be interesting.

  7. nicki
    Posted January 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    This is my first time kniting two at a time, I can’t seem to keep my CO from twisting. I’ve done single socks with the magic loop, but this is giving me trouble. Is there any tips you can give to keep track of my twisted CO?

    • Posted January 8, 2014 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

      Try hanging a marker on the right side of the sock to help. Once your socks have a bit of weight to them this will no longer be an issue. Thanks for growing your skills with us!

  8. Posted January 6, 2014 at 3:07 PM | Permalink

    I’m late to the party. How many weeks will the KAL last? I’m worried it might run into another project I was going to start in Feb.

    • Posted January 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM | Permalink

      The first clue was released last Thursday with three more Thursdays and clues to go – you are not too late and we are happy to have you join us!

  9. Mary J
    Posted January 4, 2014 at 5:15 PM | Permalink

    Hi all. I’m a late joiner. I have knit about 10 pairs of socks a year for the last 20 years but this is my first magic loop. I’ll try hard to adapt.

    • Posted January 4, 2014 at 6:32 PM | Permalink

      It’s good for your brain to learn new things! We are happy to have you along!

  10. Judy Lausch
    Posted January 2, 2014 at 8:25 AM | Permalink

    Its January 2. Where are you? not that I’m anxious or anything! LOL

    • Posted January 2, 2014 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

      I love your enthusiasm! I post at 9am EST. Hit the refresh button and it’s waiting for you:)

  11. Deborah
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 9:24 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for the link to the “magic loop” video, very impressive technique, will be practicing prior to class tomorrow.

  12. Anne Kuzas
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

    This is my first KAL and I am really excited about joining everyone. I am so glad that my LYS (Knit N Purl in Myrtle Beach, SC) decided to be a helpful “enabler” to help all of us knitters join in on the fun. So looking forward to this!

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM | Permalink

      It sounds like there is a big gang from Knit N Purl joining us – welcome!

  13. Donna
    Posted January 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    I have never done a KAL before, so looking forward to this. I have tried theCOBASI yarn for socks, but the socks ended up way too stretchy, maybe a smaller needle should have been used.

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

      Glad to have you knitting with us! I definitely would try a smaller needle size. The tighter the stitches, the more durable the sock will be.

  14. Deborah
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

    Can someone please direct me to instructions for the “magic loop”. I received my supplies yesterday and am ready to practice.

    • Posted January 1, 2014 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

      A wise idea to practice the technique ahead of the KAL. Watch my video here. looking forward to knitting together tomorrow!

  15. Velynda
    Posted December 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM | Permalink

    This will be my first KAL. I recieved my yarn and Addi needles the other day, so I am all set. Now if I can just finish the sweater I am working on by the 2nd! Looking forward to knitting with everyone.

  16. Erin
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    Hi Michele!
    I’ve made most of your sock patterns, <> but not with a KAL. I could blame it on ‘not enough time’, but truth be told, it just seems to take me longer to get socks done and done correctly so they don’t fit Sasquash or Hobbit feet. So, I usually FO about the time you are into the 2nd installment of the next KAL. LOL! This time-I WILL keep up. Thanks to Barbara for mentioning Fiberwild! They have a complete description of Michele’s KAL and for those who haven’t purchased the yarn yet, it’s still at 20% off! BTW, GREAT sight for good yarn at affordable prices. See everyone on the 2nd!

  17. Beverly
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    Can’t wait to start the new KAL.

    • Posted December 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

      It’s a fun one! I’m delighted to have you along!

  18. Monique
    Posted December 28, 2013 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    I am looking forward to this KAL!

  19. Joan
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

    can’t wait to start have used this yarn before in fact this will be by 4th pair of cobisi with your patterns just love them and thank you and I love the teaching videos also really great
    thanks again and glad to be knitting with you.

  20. Deborah
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM | Permalink

    I have been knitting and crocheting since I was around 10, I’m pushing 60. I’ve made many different types of garments over those years, but I’ve never made socks, thus when I saw this email stating the KAL are socks, and using circular needles to boot, which I’ve only recently started using, I just had to go with my gut and getter done lol. I’m tickled pink and can’t wait to get started.

  21. Judy Scollay
    Posted December 26, 2013 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

    Can’t wait to get started. Will you be at Stitches West? I will wear them so you can see!

    • Posted December 27, 2013 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

      I’m excited to knit the KAL with you! Yes, I will be at Stitches West and hope to see you there!

  22. Barbara
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    Is it possible to use a 32 inch circular?

    • Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Permalink

      Yes, a 32″ needle will work but the stitches are more crowded with less cable available for the magic loop. It is personal preference for the cord length but I find the 40″ to be the most comfortable. You could try the 32″ and then move to a 40″ if it seems too short. See you next week!

  23. Barbara
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 10:20 PM | Permalink

    Ordered the CoBaSi yarn in Indigo and also a 40″ Addi Sock Rocket circular needle. Now just have to practice the magic loop prior to class. I am assuming these are top down since it is magic loop????? Can’t wait to get started and the CoBaSi yarn is lovely I ordered from Fiberwild while they had the 20% off. What a deal free KAL 20% off the yarn. Am I ready or what!

    • Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

      Magic Loop may be used for cuff down or toe up socks. The mystery will be revealed on January 2nd!

    • Erin
      Posted December 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for mentioning Fiberwild! ‘Never heard of the site before. The yarn is still on sale, too! I now have another great site to purchase good yarn at affordable prices. See you on the 2nd for the KAL!

  24. Choppersmom
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM | Permalink

    Will this pattern look OK using a hand-dyed yarn?

    • Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

      I love hand dyed yarn! As with any yarn, a solid color will give the best stitch definition. The busier the yarn, the less that the stitches will “pop”. The stitch pattern in the KAL sock will work with anything but your careful work will be more evident in a solid to nearly solid yarn. Looking forward to knitting together!

  25. Marijke Schellenbach
    Posted December 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

    To all you “newbies” to Michelle’s Knit-a-Long, you will love the way she teaches with her excellent videos and her soothing voice. Oh, and notice the beautiful nails on her hands…I do each time I watch her!
    Michelle, I am really looking forward to this new KAL and have encouraged a few ladies to join us as well. I will give your store my opinion of the yarn once I have knitted with it for a few days….they asked.

    • Posted December 26, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

      You are too kind! The pressure is on to keep my nails polished!

  26. Tammy Lew-Hayden
    Posted December 20, 2013 at 9:25 PM | Permalink

    I want to do this KAL… How do I sign up for it… Never done a KAL before… Sounds fun

    • Posted December 21, 2013 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

      We would love to have you knitting with us! There is no registration and the KAL is free. Simply return here on January 2nd for the first clue. I monitor all questions daily both on my website and in the Knit Purl Hunter Ravelry group. Please let me know if you have any questions.

  27. Susan
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 7:19 PM | Permalink

    Can’t wait

  28. Alfreda Bostick
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    I have never knitted socks and really want to learn. I am definitely going to try this KAL.

    • Posted December 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM | Permalink

      I’ll be here to help you all along the way. I recommend practicing the magic loop on worsted weight yarn prior to starting the socks so you will be a pro at it.

  29. sunandsand/Alex
    Posted December 19, 2013 at 8:02 AM | Permalink

    Looking forward to another super KAL. Thank you Michele!

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