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OCTOBER 1st means only one thing ’round these parts!


I started the month off simply:  winding my pretty hank of Tess Designer Yarns Twinkle Toes (merino/silk/nylon) into a cute little center-pull ball.  Now it is all ready for a very special project!

Socktoberfest: The Chosen One

Have you heard Kirsten’s great idea?  I could not be more thrilled with this idea – just the “shot in the arm” that Socktoberfest needs in its 4th year:

I thought it might be fun to do a Through the Loops “mystery” sock in honor of Socktoberfest. Starting October 1st, I’ll post a section of the mystery sock pattern every Wednesday of October (10/1-cuff, 10/8-leg, 10/15-heel turn, 10/22-foot, 10/29-toe). I will post the instructions in this topic area of the group. The sock will have a simple 4 stitch x 4 row repeat and will be appropriate for anyone who has made socks in the past and done yarn overs, k2tog., and ssk.

All you need are 100 grams of sock yarn – solid or semi-solid will be best but variegated that isn’t too wild will be fine too, and a pair of needles that you would normally use for the given yarn. I will write the pattern in 4 sizes using a 56, 60, 64 or 68 stitch cast on. Pick the size that you would typically use for that yarn and needle size if you were to do a plain stockinette or ribbed sock. If you want to swatch you may do so in a 2×2 rib in the round.

From Kirsten’s post on Fans of Through the Loops Ravelry group

I love this idea, and I couldn’t be more thrilled about the possibilities. According to Ravelry, the socks are already in 137 queues, and 58 people have already cast on! This is all since she announced the knitalong yesterday.  The first clue is up:  the cuff!

This has been a slow sock year for me – only one completed pair, and two single socks. I feel the sock mojo coming back!  Just in time :)

There are some fun activities planned for the month, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, tell me what you are planning!

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57 Responses

  1. tiennie

    Hooray for Socktoberfest! I’m having fun with the mystery pattern. :)

  2. Jessica

    Ooh, lucky you with the Tess!! Her sock yarn is the BEST EVER. :) I’ll be getting a slow start this month with 2 pairs of green-y striped socks–one for me, one for the boyfriend–in Noro Kureyon Sock. Bring on Socktoberfest!

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  4. Becka

    Thanks so much for hosting Socktoberfest again!!!!
    I’m a hopelessly addicted Socknitting Ho! I love to knit socks, it’s my passion! Design and knit socks, I could do it 24/7 – but, alas, one has to rest the hands!!!
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  7. Kathy

    My plans for Socktoberfest were not meant to include socks, but to quietly finish many WIPs. But how could I resist? I will be casting on this Saturday and fitting it in around other knits.

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