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Socktoberfest Questions
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Socktoberfest Questions

When I returned home on Sunday evening, I was so surprised to see the scores of Socktoberfest participants!  Thank you for your response to this project! I am truly surprised that there has been such a large response in such a short time.  It will be a great celebration of socks come October 1st!

There are several questions swirling around Socktoberfest, so I thought I would take a moment to clear them up…

What is Socktoberfest?

A very simple concept with very few restrictions – Socktoberfest is a month-long celebration of socks.  It is a simple celebration of the accessories that we make as crafters to cover our feet.  Think of it more as a festival than a knitalong – people who love something come together and celebrate it!

SarahJanet made a great analogy on the Knitty forums: "You knit socks for yourself, other people, whomever. It's not like a TRADITIONAL knitalong… It's like Octoberfest, right? You drink beer all year round, but during Octoberfest you drink beer with other people and celebrate the whole concept of beer."  Perfect!

Who can participate in Socktoberfest?

You love socks?  You're in.  Everyone is welcome, whether or not you have a blog, or a digital camera.  Come one, come all.  If you do not have a blog, but would like to show off your work for others to see, think about joining the Socktoberfest Flickr group.  You can upload your pictures and everyone with a Flickr account can see and comment on them!  You can join us anytime during the month of October.

What will happen during Socktoberfest?

The celebration features an ever-growing list of sock-related prizes that every participant is eligible for, and my blog will become Socktoberfest central – I will interview desigers, review sock books and yarns, update and link to your sock progress, and will link to full-length tutorials that participants prepare.  Do you have a special sock making technique that you would like to share with others?  Please let me know if you are willing to prepare a photo tutorial to share with the other Socktoberists!

Is Socktoberfest a sock swap or an exchange?

The original concept behind Socktoberfest did not involve a swap or an exchange.  However, like Project Spectrum (my last big project) I would be happy to endorse side projects that crop up around Socktoberfest.  Project Spectrum engendered several color-themed swaps – feel free to start a Socktoberfest swap if you are so inclined!  I will gladly direct anyone to it. I cannot personally add that component to this project as I already have enough admin work to keep me busy!

Along those same lines, I would love to see a charity project that Socktoberfest can help with – participants can choose to take part in a charity that makes socks for babies, children, etc. (I thought babies or children would be faster than regular adult-sized socks, thus allowing participants to make more for the charity)  If you have a "pet" project that sounds like a good fit for Socktoberfest, please let me know by leaving a comment to this post.  I will post links for charity donations.

Are there restrictions, rules, or guidelines to follow for Socktoberfest?

I am a liberal project leader – I don't like to get bogged down with rules, so things are pretty free around here.  Some participants are using Socktoberfest for stashbusting purposes, using up that beautiful sock yarn that you picked up back in 1995.  Others are planning to use Socktoberfest to finally finish up sock projects that have lingered too long on the needles and hooks.  Still others plan to spin or dye their own sock yarn and use this to make a truly special pair of socks.  Some Socktoberists use the month to make quick holiday socks for family and friends.  It is truly up to you! 

The festival starts on October 1st, but you can definitely start on your socks now!  You do not have to finish your socks by October 31st either, although the Socktoberfest blog coverage will end at the close of the month. Socktoberfest can easily be combined with other projects and knitalongs – and there is no such thing as "not having time for Socktoberfest"… if you plan on even looking at your sock needles this month, join up!

The only guideline that I have for Socktoberfest: be an encourager! Participants range from first-time sock knitters to sock designers and experts. Lend a helping hand or an encouraging comment. Take a few minutes to check out the progress reports that I post and let someone know that you saw their handiwork.  If you know the answer to their question, write them a comment or an email. Encouragement goes a long way – and you may even make a new friend!

There you have it – the rules, such as they are.  So…


All of these people have already done so!

**Thank you so much for the button contributions for this year's Socktoberfest.  There are 8 separate buttons to choose and all are so great!  Here is a little preview:

Socktoberfest Buttons

You can see them all here – choose one to download!


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72 Responses

  1. Jo

    I’m a new blogger, and not sure how to configure the button thing either!!

  2. Dana Watsham

    Grand and great idea. Let me know if I should supply a few designs as prizes?

  3. katie

    i’m very excited to participate in my first socktoberfest! some very happy feet will receive socks for christmas!

  4. annmarie

    Thrilled to have a great excuse to cast on for yet another pair of socks! My very first Socktoberfest!

  5. Lynne aka witchypoo

    Upon examining my stash the other day, I was surprised to find several, ok maybe enough sock yarn to knit 5, 6, or even 7 pairs of socks, so joining this will give me the inspiration (kick in the butt) to knit socks for everyone for Christmas, while making room for more sock yarn :) It’s a win win.

  6. Paula

    I’m thinking about a sock marathon… and nothing but socks!

  7. Ceil


    I’m loving knitting socks according to Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, and would enjoy sharing the technique. It’s toe up!

  8. Phyllis

    I haven’t knitted a pair of socks in about a year so I need to get back at this as they will make wonderful gifts. I also plan to learn to knit 2 at a time. I’m scared but willing. Yip Yip Hurray!!!!!!!!

  9. Lea Vollmer

    I have a suggestion for a charity to send socks to: Knitters for Pine Ridge. We collect hand knit and crocheted socks, hats, mittens, etc. to take to the people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It is probably too late to get in on this year’s trip since we leave Oct. 19, but I’ve already started collecting for next year. For more details please visit my blog http://kneedeepinfibers.blog-city.com and click on the Knitters for Pine Ridge button on the right. There is also a Yahoo group you can participate in too. I try to post a free pattern each month and you’re welcome to ask questions and talk knitting! Thanks for considering us!


  10. Linda

    Ok, I’m hopelessly stuck on downloading buttons. Can anybody offer a step-by-step for those of us who are stuck on this? Thanks. I don’t want to steal bandwidth.


  11. Ellen

    I, too, feel like I am giving a snake a bellybutton every time everytime I try to save a button. Perhaps it’s simply an apple problem? Otherwise, it’s off to sock heaven!

  12. Rhonda the Stitchingnut

    Just signed up. This is great … I plan to knit sock for my great-granddaughter. When I knit a pair for me, I have just enough left over for her socks. What a great arrangement, huh?

  13. Jo

    Yay, I love making socks.


  14. sarah e

    Just signed myself up..so excited! And a perfect excuse to make myself learn toe-up socks!

  15. Fairemaid

    I am a 2006 Sockwarrior, and mostly only knit socks anyway. I have some gorgeous silk and merino yarn from KnitPicks that I’m dying to use.

  16. Julie

    Come and see my very first sock. I just finished it!

  17. Bev Love

    I am just about to start on the heels of the two toe up socks I am knitting. I discovered that I only needed one ball of sock yarn to make a pair of socks (total newbie right?!? :} ) So I think I will post the extra balls on the Destash blog. Or, maybe I will want two pairs in these colors so they won’t wear out so fast. Naw, I would probably get bored knitting 4 socks in the same yarn.

  18. Phyllis

    I am working on knitting socks on 2 circular needles and I’m stuck on picking up the gusset stitches. I’m excited but stuck and need some help. If anyone knows a site that actually shows the process that’s what I need as I’m a visual learner.

  19. Bridgette

    Phyllis, I do not know of a site with really good pictures for the gusset stitches but try this site.


    Hope that helps.

  20. Jeanne Berry

    Two good socks down, two bad experiments ready to be frogged, and seven more pairs to go! I LOVE SOX!!!

    Bev Love: It depends on the yardage and weight of your yarn, the needle size, and the sock size/length. I can get one sock out of a skein of Patons SWS (my current fetish) which is 110 yds/100 meters/80 gram medium weight soy-wool blend. You may want to hold off on destashing until you’ve finished one sock. :-)

  21. Bev Love

    Jeanne Berry: You were right, I will need most of the second skeins to finish these socks. I decided on 3×3 ribbing up the legs and I still have to knit the after thought heels.

  22. Barbara

    Socks are a thrill – a real sense of accomplishment!

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