The 'Next Step' Sock KAL

After reading your feedback, it's clear that the first Knitalong of the year should be all about socks. I had emails, comments and messages from various readers interested in a sock KAL. Some want to try making their first pair, others have made some basic socks already but want to try something more challenging, there are some (like me) who are cursed with 'Second Sock Syndrome' and fancy trying two-at-a-time... and so on. The one thing all the feedback shares is a desire to develop sock knitting skills, to take the 'next step'. So this is going to be a KAL with a difference. 

Our previous knitalongs have been pattern-based, but this time there is no fixed pattern. Instead, participants are encouraged to take the next 2 weeks to (finish your other WIPs and) find a pattern which will develop your existing sock knitting skills - whatever they may be. If you've never tried sock knitting, this is the perfect time to start. Or maybe you've made lots of socks already but are stuck in a rut and always use the same techniques or patterns. It's a great opportunity to try something new.  

The official start date will be Thursday 24th January and I'll post my own updates weekly on the blog on Thursdays - next week I'll post some useful links for beginners. There is a BRAND NEW Ravelry group so we have a place to discuss patterns and yarn choices, and so we can share experience or ask for help - it would be great if you come and join in by introducing yourself and telling us what you're planning to make. I'll also set up a Flickr group, and a #tag for Twitter/Instagram. EDIT: The Flickr group is here and for Twitter/Instagram, please use the tag #NSSkal

If you'd love to join in but don't have any suitable sock yarn, never fear - Danielle from A Stash Addict Yarn is offering participants a 10% discount on sock yarn using the code "CCKAL13".

The last two knitalongs were really good fun - I do hope that you will join us. What do you think? 

23 comments

  1. Yay - socks! I have posted about the KAL today (published after you went live so I could grab the link *laughs*) here

    Looking forward to it :)

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  2. Yay excuse (as if I needed one after 15+ pairs) to make more sock! Love it :)
    xxx

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    1. It's wonderful news! And I love that more experienced people are joining in... so I can ask you for help when I get stuck!!!! :D
      xxx

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  3. Yay, so pleased its socks! I want to try two at a time too so would love to know what pattern/book you are going to use.

    Now to get the current pair of socks finished before the 24th :)

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    1. I've ordered this one http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/toe-up-2-at-a-time-socks but it's not here yet so I don't know what it's like :D

      There is a pattern thread on the Ravelry group and also a useful resources thread too xx

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  4. I'm going to try and get my pair of Hermione's socks finished so I can join in, what a great idea.

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    1. Really glad to have had such a good response to this today - and it would be lovely to have you along with us, Ruth xx

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  5. I'm in. And now I have a grat excuse to spend all my time looking at sock patterns! (Like I didn't do that before already)

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  6. Oooh, fabulous idea. I've done lots of different types of sock construction but never mastered 2 at a time. I would love to be able to do it though without getting into a complete tangle. This is just the motivation I need.
    x

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  7. I'll check my book for a nice pattern. :-)

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    1. Wonderful to have you knitting along again Regula and I'm sure that your experience will be a great addition to the group :) xxx

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  8. I've been meaning to knit a pair of socks for hubby for over six months. You've given me the (extra) incentive that I need! ; )

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  9. He, he....did you really just suggest that I could finish my WIPs in two weeks......have you seen my project bags?

    Definitely up for this...have some yarn, but may just have to check out Danielle's too!

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  10. OMGosh! What an excuse to CO a new pair of socks! I have Cookie A's wicked book and drool when I see ppl post their FO pics in her group. I think I will join this KAL even though I have to get lots done this year! You enabler!

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  11. I'm in :) Like Faith though, the idea of wrapping up my current WiPs in a fortnight is wonderfully optimistic :)

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  12. I'm totally in! I have basic beginner knitting skills, and i think i will just dive right in. It looks like so much fun.

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  13. Hiya, will be joining your KAL as i'm a newbie sock knitter. I've nominated you for an Inspirational Craft Blogger award. You can read more about it here. :-)
    http://knitstitchsew.wordpress.com/2013/01/16/insiprational-craft-blogger/

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