April KAL - Kaika

by Kelsie Ernsberger March 28, 2015

We'll be joining the Knit Purl Hunter for her latest mystery knit along and this month; this time we'll be knitting socks! These will be toe up with a Japanese inspired stitch pattern. Toe up socks are my preferred method for knitting socks. As a note to new sock knitters, it may be a better idea to start with a basic sock pattern before trying this one. We are happy to help you find a beginner toe up sock pattern and you can still knit along with us!

If you were quick enough to get your hands on the limited edition "Let's Make a Teal" color of Wolkenspiel you're probably itching to start! The first clue doesn't come out until April 2nd, but you can get a head start by swatching now. If you didn't get the limited edition color, don't fret - we have plenty of other colors of Wolkenspiel in stock! You are welcome to use any sock yarn for the KAL, but we highly recommend giving Wolkenspiel a try.

Swatching and checking your gauge is very important when knitting socks. Just one stitch per inch off from the stated gauge can leave you with an ill-fitting unwearable sock! Since the socks are knit in the round it is also important to swatch in the round. The pattern gauge is 8.25 stitches per inch (8 will be close enough for this project), so I cast on 32 stitches and knit a stockinette tube for an inch or two. Take your swatch off the needles before you measure to allow it to lay flat enough to provide an accurate measurement. Your swatch will look like this:

If you have more than 8 stitches per inch then your gauge is too tight and you'll need to swatch again with a larger needle. If you have less than 8 stitches per inch then your gauge is too loose and you'll need to swatch again with a smaller needle. Always swatch again if you didn't get gauge the first time. It's worth the time spent to make sure you'll end up with socks that fit. 

For information on the suggested yarn, suggested needles and notions you will need, please head over to the KnitPurlHunter blog. This is where you'll find the first clue, at 9am Thursday April 2nd. Once you've swatched and determined the needle size you should be using, sit tight until the first clue is released on April 2nd! 

Kelsie Ernsberger
Kelsie Ernsberger


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