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


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.


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

Happy knitting!

211 thoughts on “Center of Attention – Part 2

  1. 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. 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?

  3. 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?

  4. 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,

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!!

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. 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?

  21. 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!

  22. 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!

  23. 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 🙂

  24. 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!

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

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

  29. 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…

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. 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!

  33. 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!

  34. 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.

  35. 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?

  36. 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!

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

  38. 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!! 🙂

  39. 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!

  40. 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!

  41. 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?

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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?

  45. 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”.

  46. 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! 🙂

  47. 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.

  48. 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

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

  50. 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. 🙂

  51. 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

  52. 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

  53. 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!

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 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!

  57. 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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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.

  60. 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!

  61. 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!

  62. 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. 😀

  63. 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.

  64. 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!

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

  66. 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!

  67. 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…

  68. 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!!

  69. 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!

  70. Thanks for the walkthrough! I was trying to figure out how to do the cables without a cable needle on my own. Wasn’t workin’ out!

  71. 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!

  72. 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!

  73. 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?

  74. 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.

  75. 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?

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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!

  79. 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.

  80. Alyson, I’m afraid I missed your question somehow. My apologies! If you add the yarn over if will make up for the stitches decreased by the k2tog and ssk. Please feel to email me your questions as well by using the contact button on the home page. I feel terrible that your question got lost, but I am so glad another eagle-eyed knitter was able to help you out! Are you on the right track now?

  81. Snow is falling at my place now, so I might be able to get both sock feet knitted. But I won’t get to show them off at Knit Nite tonight:( I love to show things off.

  82. Alyson,
    k2tog, decreases 1 st., ssk , decreases 1 st. You ssk, yo,k1,yo, k2tog, still have 5 sts for the pattern. Good Luck.

  83. You can also just count your yarn overs. The first cable happened on the 3rd yarn over and every 5th yarn over after that will be a cable row.

  84. Thanks for the great instruction Michelle! I was thinking I wouldn’t like getting the pattern piecemeal, however I am finding it keeps me focused on what I am doing and what a great sense of accomplishment so far! I have attempted socks before and got too frustrated to ever finish one let alone a pair, now I have two ready for a heel! Can’t wait to wear them and show them off. The step by step, plus using two circulars instead of double points is helping me to enjoy these, now I get why so many are addicted to making socks!

  85. Glad you are enjoying yourself! I have the same attitude about socks: With over 6 billion people in the world, the sock will fit someone. However, if you would like to customize I would be glad to help.

  86. I had fun doing the toe–new to me also, but it went well. I have a couple of holes in the increases, but I found that I need to snug up the yarn more tightly to correct this. I’ll fill in the hole that look larger (just 2) with yarn when I’m finished.

    I just printed out the instructions for Part 2, and we are getting ice and sleet here in GA, so happy knitting tomorrow!!

  87. Interesting cable. I prefer cabling without a cable needle and I saw some directions on the Ravelry group on how to manage it for the axis cable. So far so good!

  88. I have a wiiddee foot and this looks pretty small (did one 10-row set), but never fear, they’ll fit some lucky person. This is a blast! Today when I brought it out at the LYS (free time knitting), several people said they were inspired and are going to get going on theirs. Yay! It’s quite a hit at our shop!

  89. I just got the yarn and so I am a late starter. The toe was quite a challenge for me as this is a new technique! I am happy to be encouraged to think outside my comfort zone.

    I am working the size medium and I modified where the increases are done. K6, Kfb four times then knit to end of needle. This placement is a bit more pleasing because is pulls the “enlarged” stitch of the Kfb under the first purl of the pattern and purls the “purl-like” stitch of the Kfb. It makes the increase a bit more invisible.

  90. So do I. I took the ornaments off now I have to do the Angel and lights.
    Football is taking way too much of his time. Then out to the curb before the garbage men get here.

  91. I’m really zipping along. I don’t want to stop until I get to my appropriate foot length and then I want to start the other sock. And hubby is making noises about putting away Christmas stuff. Think he’ll do it by himself?

  92. Here’s one of my favorite sayings when doing socks:
    Dang, that’s not right. (Unless it’s really screwed up big time) Rippit? Nah, my foot’s not going to know the difference anyway!

    The other sock sister always shakes her head – she rips it out and makes it perfect. Says her feet would know. 🙂

  93. Did you figure it out yet? 5 rows of knit after the cable row to ‘finish’ the pattern, then 4 more rows at the start of the next pattern. Think that makes 9 rows with a cable every 10th row.

  94. Lifeline, lifeline, lifeline! I have to remember to start using this trick after I finish a week’s work and before the next clue arrives, always good advice when trying something new, since I hate the frog stitch – rippit, rippit, rippit. Just in case you haven’t tried it, thread a needle with dental floss, and run it through all your stitches, before you go on to the next step. If you have to rip stuff out and go back, it’s faster and easier to pick up those stitches. If you don’t, just cut the floss and pull it out.

    Started my 1st sock last night 8:30ish, and got to the row before I was supposed to do the cable, then tried it on – way too big. Modify & adjust, rethink, rippit – darn, should have used a lifeline. I will from now on.

    I’ve never done a cable on the foot. Glad to hear the bumps don’t bother your feet. Using just another needle for the cable holder since I haven’t been to the store yet. Working fine for me. But I only have 2 cables across the top instead of 3 – guess that’s a modification for fit, but also wondering how much we can modify patterns?

    BTW – crazy places to knit? What do you mean? Doesn’t everybody take thier knitting everywhere? You meet the nicest people when you come out of the closet & knit in public. Best place to knit – the car, but make sure you have a 3rd eye, miner’s light or headlamp so you can keep knitting after it gets dark. The driver doesn’t fuss as much if you use that instead of turning on the light inside the car. Helpful tool – skacel has a pattern for a bag with a ‘yarn’ hole in the bottom and handles that slip over your wrist, so when you have to stand in line, you can keep knitting and don’t have to worry about dropping your ball of yarn. 🙂

  95. Got my yarn, bought my needle yesterday, now I’m off. I had to try the magic loop cast on a couple of times before I finally got it right but I did it. I finished week ones directions last night and got up this morning anxious to start the design. The first cable I did sort of stretched my brain but then it just gets easier. My goal this year was to learn a few new techniques so I’ve already got two under my belt. My son even asked this morning what I was doing and I explained the KAL, the donation from the yarn for Ovarian Cancer and he said that it sounded like a good idea and fun for everyone involved. Hope you’re all having fun. I know I am….. Gotta go shower so I can keep knitting a bit before church.

  96. OPPS I dropped one of my cable sts But after taking out the row I was able to find it and put it back and that was using a cable needle. I don’t think I am going to cable with out it. I tried what I have of my sock on and I thought maybe the cable would be and issue with shoes on with the twist being a little bumpy but now I am thinking it’s going to be fine.

  97. I figure it out by tracing my foot on a piece of paper – or just making marks for end of toe and end of heel. Then I measure and subtract the 2″. You can try it on and figure it out that way, too – but sometimes I stretch it a bit when I do this and end up with short socks. Measuring a well fitting sock is probably ok, too. Unless I have them on, I don’t usually have my favorite socks near enough to do this, without too much effort.

  98. So this is where everyone is hanging out! I’ve never posted on a blog before. Just starting the cable now. This will be my second pair of socks. First were also toe-up TAAT.

  99. I really love this cable! It does get a little tight, but it is still do-able. I usually cable without a cable needle, but on this one, since things get so tight I have chosen to use a holder.

    The ten rows in between the cable cross really is a wonderful idea! It makes it look like little coins or chain links on my foot. The “coins or chain links” are coming out nice and flat and the cables are coming out very sharp. I am excited that this is across the foot as I have not yet done a design on the foot, just the calf part of the sock.

    Good luck everyone with this weeks instructions! This is a great design and will make some very unique socks, in-fact I am thinking that after all is said and done that I will knit this sock again but in a dark variegated yarn for a friend. She would love it! I am also thinking of using this pattern stitch on some “thong” socks for the summer with some bright yarn to show off the stitches.

    Until soon!

  100. I am sorry you can’t see the whole chart on your screen. Not sure why it is happening to you since it seems ok for most people. I’m so glad you found it correctly on the download version. Thanks for being persistent.

  101. There is a question in the Ravelry group that I want to ask here, also, so that people who are here and not on Rav can get the answer to, when it comes along.

    Are you still eligible for all prizes if you make modifications to the pattern?

    One person wanted to knit a plain foot and begin the cables on the leg. I see another here who wants to omit the lacy portion. Will these socks still be eligible for all prizes when the pics get sent in?

  102. I have never worked a pattern from a graph, but so far all is going well. I love the cable pattern . This is a great KAL with wonderful instruction. Thanks.

  103. Why not be fearless? Anything you knit can be fixed (well – if you felt or steek that does change it, but other wise…)

    I am enjoying the pattern on this sock.

  104. So working away (slowly) at the cable pattern -very pretty. I would like some advice from the experienced “sockers” out there. Is it better to measure the 2 inches from end by putting on a foot or by comparing with another sock that fits? Or can you not assume similar stretch qualities?

  105. Had to work until 2pm today, didn’t get part 2 until 3, and went to my lys to work on a baby sweater I am getting paid for and want out of the way so I can devote my time for my socks…. I hate being behind 🙁

  106. I’m finding that this cable, while interesting, is just too fiddly for my tastes and it seems to be more 3d than other cables. If one were to eliminate the cables from the foot, but keep the lace parts and then continue in pattern on the leg, would that eliminate me from the prizes since I would be altering the pattern? I’ve been involved in other KAL’s for mystery socks and the rules were very strict about altering the pattern, unless it is “for fit only.” I’d like to do every pattern and remain in the running for the big prizes at the end, but I don’t like my socks to be too bulky in my shoes…

  107. Hello —
    When I read the post, the pattern does not show the “lace” on stitches 1-6 (it starts at Stitch 7). If I click on the pattern, it opens up a larger window. I think it’s because of the column width on the KnitPurlHunter website.

  108. It wasn’t too bad, but I don’t feel that it is speedier than using a cable needle would be. And if cabling without a needle only equals the speed of using a cable needle, then I may as well use the cable needle. However the cable looks fabulous!! Thanks.

  109. Make sure you look at the downloadable pattern, not just the one on this site. There is a lace band at the beginning as well as the end that doesn’t show on this page.

  110. Thanks for the comment Marci, I am having the same issue too. It’s okay when I open the downloadable pattern. Now off to undeck the halls so I can knit.

  111. I am confused. . . If I k2tog or ssk, both of these take up 2 stitches and I am 4 short at the end . . . help 🙁

  112. I, too, am waiting for my yarn. And needles for that matter. I am a new knitter so I don’t have a great variety of needles yet. I should after my packages all arrive!! So mlaroche, I will be with you on the quest to catch up! 🙂

  113. I am going to try without a cable needle as well. I love cables and doing them without cable needle makes them go so much faster, but six stitches might be stretching my ability to not drop them!

  114. I am considering staying with the 32 instep stitches and knitting 3 stitches at the beginning and end of the needle to eliminate the lace look. Will that cause any problems as we progress? Thanks!

  115. Ok, doing these cables without a cable needle is no big problem, but the stitches get a little tight.

    First you take the tip of your right hand needle and, from the back, insert it into stitches 5 and 6 of the cable stitches. Slide off all 6 stitches, pinching the ones that will be needle-less, and reinsert your left needle into the first four stitches, then the two on the right needle. Knit these now first two stitches.

    Now slip your right needle into the third and fourth stitches from the tip of the left needle, from the front and slide off all four stitches. Again, be sure to pinch the free stitches good, so you don’t lose them. put these two stitches back on the left needle, then transfer the two on the right needle. Knit all 4 of these stitches and you are all done!

    It is easier to do, than to explain!

    Hope everyone is having fun with this project.

  116. These socks are going to be gorgeous! I love the combination of cables with lace.

    And I really like that the clue dates this month are on the weekend – I can just knit away without worrying about anything else.

  117. I just took down all the Holiday decorations so I could be “free” today to knit. Family has been warned that I’ll be unavailable for the next few hours. I’m passionate about cables, and this looks beautiful. Time to knit!!!!

  118. Hooray – I was hoping, when I saw this video that it was the cable to come. I usually work cables without a cable needle, so it may take me a few minutes to sort this one out. It is different than others I have done.

    Tricia…if you figure it out first, post it, so I can try your way…shouldn’t be that hard (I hope)

  119. Like the cable, but am curious about the y/o stuff at the end. What is that about? Is there a purpose or is it a design element?

  120. Michelle,
    I’m excited to get going. I’m not sure if it’s my computer or what, but the chart is not complete on this web page, and the only way I can see it complete is to click the link to the downloadable pattern. If anyone else has this problem, that might be what they need to do!

  121. Michelle — Never mind. Second cup of coffee has finally kicked in. We are knitting CIRCULARLY — there is no wrong side. DUH! Feel free to delete my comment posting all together so it doesn’t potentially confuse others!

  122. Michelle – I don’t mean to be dense, but I’ve only had one cup of coffee this morning. On the even # rows, do we knit the knits and purls the purls? The chart doesn’t seem to read that way to me…it seems to read the opposite. Am I missing it? 🙂

  123. Got up this morning an the first thing I did {after getting coffee : ) } was log on and get the part 2. It has been snowing out so I can work on my socks and not feel guilty. Thank you love doing this knit-a-long.

  124. Cables are my new favorite thing. We are doing cables at my LYS in an afghan so this is going to fit in nicely with my knitting for the week. Though I haven’t done the Axis Cable before but it will be fun.

  125. Your timing is fabulous. I’m wondering if I’m going to be able to work out how to do this cable without a needle. Nothing like a little experimentation.

    Thank you!!!

  126. Can’t wait to knit the new cable! Just watched the video. Received the Lace Addi Clicks for a late 25th anniversary present and birthday present! Best present ever (well maybe as great as the addi clicks that I received last year for Christmas). Lots of things to try today and it is snowing out!

  127. So excited about this cable! I fully intend to ignore my children for the next three hours to work on my socks!

  128. Yes I love cables have a few pairs of socks with cables never done an axis cable but I am so excited to try.

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