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Simply Sockupied Knit-along: Knit Socks with Interweave

Feb 24, 2012

Ann's Go-To Socks
Custom Cuff Socks Up + Down Socks

We’re beginning when the issue comes out (2/24/12) and continuing until we’re done—there isn’t an official expiration date for this project.

We may need to come up with some motivation to collectively battle Second Sock Syndrome, though!

Speed Bump Socks

Here's how a knit-along works:

  1. Buy your pattern (in Simply Sockupied, through the app store for the iPad version or through the Knitting Daily Shop for the Mac or PC version).
  2. Buy your yarn (or find it in your stash).
  3. Log on to the forum and introduce yourself and tell us which yarn you're using. The forum is where all of the fun is; it's where you'll share your tips, ask questions, or upload photos, and it's where you'll find support if you're having problems.
  4. Post a photo of your finished socks when you're done.

It's as easy as that. Now let's get started!

Simply Elegant Cable Socks

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Simply Sockupied 2012 eMag for PC and Mac

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Get started knitting socks with the Simply Sockupied eMag, an interactive journey on learning to knit socks for beginner knitters.


Ann's Go-To Socks Knitting Pattern

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Hand-dyed yarn shows to best advantage with these simple ribbed socks, knit from the top down.


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on Apr 21, 2012 5:10 PM

I have the anns go to socks on my screen but can't print it. Any suggestions?

pianojan wrote
on Apr 12, 2012 7:06 PM

Hi Ruth from Manitoba,

It took me several watchings of the Old Norwegian cast on as well as several tries.  Once I mastered it, I love it.  The stretchy-ness of the top fits my calf extremely well.  I'm glad I stuck it out until I got it.

Jan from Ontario.

on Apr 11, 2012 7:48 PM


I have tried 2 different sock classes....neither have finished for various reasons. I'm hoping this KAL will motivate to stick with it. Having friends online should be a bonus if & when I run into trouble. I went to my LYS & bought Drops Fabel Superwash. It is 75% Wool Superwash & 25% Polymide (whatever that is).  Will try "Ann's  Go to Sock" after I watch the video Old Norwegian Cast On.

Ruth from Manitoba

pianojan wrote
on Apr 10, 2012 9:46 AM

I just finished my first "Ann's Go to Sock".  This has been my 3rd attempt at making socks and the first time the sock actually fits my calf!  I used the Old Norwegian Cast On.  It took a bit to figure it out from the video - I love it!  Second sock is cast on and ready to knit. :)

Jakki@2 wrote
on Mar 10, 2012 4:55 PM

to:  Debbier@26

I've just started my first cable sock and realize why the instructions want you to knit forward so many stitches and back to set up for the heel!!

This will center the cables symetrically above the heel flap!

Example:  You have just finished round 4 of the pattern and you want to begin the heel flap.  

Instead of just turning around at the end of the row to the WS for the beginning of your 44 stitches (size 7-3/4 sock), you must go forward (right side) 19 sts and THEN turn around to the wrong side to start counting your 44 heel sts.  This gets you to the new beginning of the heel rows.  

You will then see that your cable look nice and symetrical on the heel side and the instep side!  Voila!

Good luck!


DEBBIER@26 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 4:25 PM

Thank you Jakki@2. I think since I'm using 2 circular needles I'm going to forget the 1st row (knitting 19) and just go for the row one. I hope this works. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me

Jakki@2 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 11:26 AM

The instructions assumes that you are working with stitches on 3 needles.

the "work 19 st and turn" part seems to just get you to the end of the 44 stitches to begin the Row 1 decreases on the WS.

Good luck!


Jakki@2 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 11:23 AM

Re:  Heel flap on Cable Sock (Debbier@26

To get the heel count correctly you'll have to change the number of heel stitches.

You start out with 44 st, then in Row1 (WS) you are decreasing that amount to 41 st.  This is a "set up" row.

The "pattern" rows are Row 2 and 3.

I see that in instructions are very muddled.  I hope this helps.

(I am not making the cable socks yet but that's my next project)


Jakki@2 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 11:22 AM

Re:  Heel flap on Cable Sock (Debbier@26

To get the heel count correctly you'll have to change the number of heel stitches.

You start out with 44 st, then in Row1 (WS) you are decreasing that amount to 41 st.  This is a "set up" row.

The "pattern" rows are Row 2 and 3.

I see that in instructions are very muddled.  I hope this helps.

(I am not making the cable socks yet but that's my next project)


DEBBIER@26 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 11:13 AM

It's me again. I just tried the heel flap on my own and couldn't figure it out.can anyone out there help me out? Nothing made sense on the heel flap. Then when I get to my size (7 3/4) it says to work 19 sts and turn. I don't get it. I've made socks before and was never stumped like this before. HELP

DEBBIER@26 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 11:07 AM

It's me again. I just tried the heel flap on my own and couldn't figure it out.can anyone out there help me out? Nothing made sense on the heel flap. Then when I get to my size (7 3/4) it says to work 19 sts and turn. I don't get it. I've made socks before and was never stumped like this before. HELP

DEBBIER@26 wrote
on Mar 9, 2012 5:06 AM

Hi my name is Debbie and I've been knitting socks for years.i love to knit socks!i started the Cable socks on sockupied and I'm stumped on the heel part already.(don't I feel dumb) I'm not getting the count right. Can anyone help me please? I'd hate to have to rip it all apart like I did the last pair I was working on. It's saying count 25 sts before the end of the previous and I'm not sure what else it says cuz if I go back and look I'll lose my place on this post.did anyone just understand that? If you could just explain the start of the heel that would be great. Sorry to go on and on

JulietM wrote
on Mar 6, 2012 8:34 PM

I am knitting the Up + Down socks in a Regia yarn for my son.  I have knitted lots of pairs of socks for friends & family members using various methods but never the garter short row toe & heel.  

I have knitted the toe, foot & heel of first sock but am very frustrated that i have holes either side where my gusset & instep rejoin. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix?  Normally when i knit top down I can compensate for this by picking up additional stitches in the gusset.

Apart from this i have enjoyed knitting them.

PattySue8 wrote
on Mar 6, 2012 2:01 PM

How do I log onto the forum?  When do you twist the cable on the simpy elegant cable sock?  Is it after every cable pattern?


Knitter@49 wrote
on Mar 6, 2012 9:16 AM

Hi, I'm from Ontario Canada, and I can't wait to get started on knitting socks.  I have knit one pair ONLY and it took me over a year as I had to many other projects.  I finished them the other day and now I'm HOOKED and have much to learn.  

c00leen wrote
on Mar 5, 2012 12:12 PM

Hi everyone!  I'm Colleen from Tucson, Arizona - and I'm going to join in to the KAL!  I'm an experienced knitter;  I've knit probably 15 pairs of socks - but ALL of them have been Cuff down (even the ones I've knit using a "toe-up" pattern - I converted them to cuff-down), so I'm excited to be trying a new technique!  I've also not tried the Norwegian Long-tail Cast-On, which I'm excited to try!  I'm not sure yet whcih socks I'll start with - nor what yarn.  I'll have to go through my stash and see if I have something that I'd like to use for one of the patterns in the book.  I'll let you know shortly what I've decide on!  And I would REALLY like to see folks' progress - not just pictures of the finished socks!  I'm looking forward to making all of these socks...

morril wrote
on Mar 3, 2012 11:37 PM

Bought my ebook.  I am on my 2nd sock, 1st pair.  Friend lost his wife 10 years ago and his socks are wearing out. I thought "Oh, I can do that. (I just pulled out the gussett because I started on the bottom of the heel instead of the top)"  I guess I will figure it all out by the time I am done.  I am loving making socks.  Want to make everyone pairs for Christmas.  Never realized how wonderful socks could feel.  I am using a washable wool, blend that is self striping called Berroco Sox and counted the stitches from his wifes pair to use for a pattern.  "Fools rush in"

laurapuhalla wrote
on Mar 3, 2012 1:32 PM

Hi everyone. Just found the yarn for the speed bump socks at joanns today. I have knit more than 20 pairs of socks. Its really the only thing i knit.

SheilaJ wrote
on Mar 3, 2012 12:19 PM

Are any of these socks Toe Up patterns?

on Mar 3, 2012 9:15 AM

Hi all...this sounds fun...

I just got sockupied new version...yesterday...I have also Sockupied 2010 and 2011..

I am going to do the Custom Cuff Sock with the Arrowhead lace pattern in a neutral top for the lace and maybe a pink from lace down..

I LOVE MY DPN's...I have tried many other methods...magic circle, toes up etc..but my "comfort food" in knitting are my DPN's..I hope this goes on for some I am a bit slow with my arthritic hands.

Good Luck all...and have fun!

Lisa6352 wrote
on Mar 3, 2012 8:18 AM

I've started (twice) the UP version of the Up / Down sock.

First time, it was clearly too big (even though I used a slightly smaller needle and the foot measurement I usually use). Started again in a smaller size (using my usual stitch count for socks) and it seems better but I won't know for sure.

To whomever might read this from the Powers That Be -- it would be more helpful to have the circumference of the FOOT in the sizing info than the circumference of the finished sock to help me decide which size is best. Just a suggestion.

pianojan wrote
on Mar 2, 2012 12:03 PM

Thank you!  I will give that a try.

Jakki@2 wrote
on Mar 2, 2012 10:37 AM

to Pianojan

It may be that using a larger size needle on the leg than the foot will compensate for the difference (this is in Ann Budd's instructions on the Go To sock).  

The pattern is stretchy too.  Good luck!


pianojan wrote
on Mar 2, 2012 10:19 AM

I am planning on starting with Ann's 'go to' sock.  I have measured my foot as per the instructions in Simply Sockupied.  However, I am stumped regarding measuring my calf.  I measure where I thought the sock should be on my calf but it is 2" larger in measurement than the measurement around the ball of my foot.  I'm not clear when, if or how I should adjust the pattern.

Jakki@2 wrote
on Mar 2, 2012 10:08 AM

I'm down around the heel and into the foot of the Go To sock (1st sock).

I like to continue the slipped stitches from the heel down into the short rows of the heel turn.  This makes the sock wear a little better on the underside of the heel.

I'm getting antsy to try the cable sock but will make myself finish the first sock and continue to finish the second sock of the Go To pattern!  "Second sock syndrom" is looming large!  Darn!

jneen81128 wrote
on Mar 1, 2012 9:30 PM

I am loving the simply elegant cable sock. I think I'm addicted to cables! And the Noro Kureyon yarn is gorgeous. I get excited when a new color starts across the needles.

on Mar 1, 2012 3:53 PM

Today marks the first day of National Craft Month! Lisa and I are working our way to getting Knitscene

BJanty wrote
on Mar 1, 2012 10:32 AM

I love all things "Sockupied".  I want to join to learn more.  I have made one pair of socks and I am looking forward to the challenge of learning more.  

pladle wrote
on Feb 29, 2012 6:29 PM

This is my first KAL I have knit four pair of socks. total! including one in worsted weight yarn. One top down and three toe up. all with short row heels. I would like to try the traditional heel. and learn about different cast ons and bind offs. My hands work slowly so it will take me awhile. I've just downloaded "Simply Sockupied" and haven't yet decided which pattern to  use.

lothea wrote
on Feb 29, 2012 6:39 AM

This will be a fun challenge, and a great way to learn how to use DPN! Count me in! :)

StephDJ wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 8:27 PM

I'm going to try to join in with this Knit-Along, but it might some time before I get started. I've got a mid-March deadline that I need to concentrate on, and I'm in the middle of another knitting project that I need to finish. I've been promising my husband a pair of socks, and I have the yarn already. I rolled it into a ball and I've misplaced the band, but I think it is Sock Ease in a conservative blue and brown variegated color pattern. I think I will make Ann Budd's Go-To Socks, to keep it  as simple as possible. I've only made 3 pairs of socks, so I'm still a beginner.

Steph  (So Cal)

clglover wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 12:22 PM

I would love to join in this knit along.  I've only attempted one pair of socks in a sock class no less and just didn't get it.  It's been a couple of years.  Can't figure out the heel or the gusset if I remember right.  I really need to be able to visualize what I'm doing.  I've done a number of other projects that people think are really quite difficult so I really hope to get over this problem and fear, too.  Will give this a try.

Jakki@2 wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 10:41 AM

I started Ann Budd's goto sock yesterday with a hank of Knit Picks Stroll, Hand painted that was in my stash.  It's turning out in stripes!  Cute.  I just love the Old Norwegian cast on for begining a cuff - so stretchy!  I no longer start with a larger needle and the old long tail cast on.  

I'm using 4 dp's and enjoying the feel of the work.  I've used the other methods too.  

The only "down" thing about this pattern and method is getting both socks the same length!  I usually try putting in a little pattern so all I have to do is count the number of repeats to get the same size socks!  Guess I'll have to count the rows!


PamEL wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 9:24 AM

I'm Pam in SC. I am a relatively new knitter and only know how to knit socks from the toe up. I use the magic loop method with a 32 inch cable, one sock at a time.  I've made 8 pairs of socks but am continually making adjustments. I am interested in how to adjust patterns to fit my foot. I wear size 11 shoes and my foot is narrow with a very high instep....

pianojan wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 7:38 AM

I'm Jan in Ontario.  I have previously knit 2 pairs of socks - 1 pair top down and 1 pair toe up.  I tend to be too tight on the cuff no matter which way I knit the sock.  I hope to learn how to do remedy that with the Knit-Along!

back2beckyb wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 7:14 AM

I will be knitting Ann's go to socks with Steinback Wolle Activ Effekt.  I'll start tonight :-) I have knitted socks two at a time with the magic loop method but would like to try one at a time.

on Feb 28, 2012 6:57 AM

I have knitted about 15 pairs of socks, basic pattern cuff dow in different weights.  I have attempted the toe up method. I did well, but was so frustrated by what appeared to be a lack of progress that I ripped out the sock after about two inches and started cuff down. I will be attempting the toe up sock again with self stripping yarn.

KayP@10 wrote
on Feb 28, 2012 5:46 AM

I have only knit one pair of socks, and I am on my second pair.  I still do not have the confidence to do the heel by myself.  I hope to be able to put  those fears aside

By the time I am done.

Kay in Texas

JoyceM@5 wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 11:01 PM

I downloaded the emag and am going to knit Ann Merrow's up and Down socks. Actually I have knitted many many socks for the men in my life but few for women and only two for myself. I love socks and almost always have at least one pair on my 4 needles. I was attracted to this knitalong because of the up and down socks and the various feminine cuffs for the custom socks and the cabled pair. As you see I need to learn how to knit GIRL socks! I have my yarn in my stash if I can just decide which one to use and I will start tomorrow. I should also add that I love Ann Bud's socks. The 3k1p ribbing is a look I worked out for the boys socks since it didn't detract from the various patterned yarns I like using. I also think she is so very knowledgable about knitting and socks in particular. I have any book she is associated with. This is going to be fun!


Lisa6352 wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 10:34 PM

I'm Lisa in Illinois.

I'll be making the Up + Down Socks (I think), starting as soon as I finish the second sock in a pair I have on the needles.

leelori12 wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 7:24 PM

Hi everyone,

I joining the knit-along! I've made about 20 pairs of socks so far. I finally got the basic sock pattern with 64 stitches on US1's memorized. But so far its the only kind of sock I've learned to make. I'd like to make some chunky socks one of these days but have trouble figuring out how many stitches, heel stitches, etc. for different kinds of yarns and different sizes of needles.

So I'm really looking forward to the knit-along where I can get help if I get stuck. Thanks.

Anne Merrow wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 3:29 PM

Scobkatt: (I had to check and make sure that was the right spelling!) Simply Sockupied has more basic how-to-knit-socks instruction and more approachable patterns. Regular issues of Sockupied, like the Spring 2012 issue, have more challenging patterns and delve into certain constructions more deeply. I hope that helps!

on Feb 27, 2012 1:55 PM

I've never knitted socks before, but I've been very interested in giving it a try!  This seems like the perfect opportunity since I will be able to ask questions if I get stuck!  I also help it will motivate me to finish instead of rushing on to start yet another project :-)

on Feb 27, 2012 12:50 PM

If you have the iPad version of Sockupied , you might have noticed something pop up in the app recently

Tootsieknits wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 11:16 AM

I like the fact that this is open-ended...less pressure to 'get 'er done.!'

KarenC@62 wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 10:05 AM

I am planning to do this.  

Want to join in?

scobkatt wrote
on Feb 27, 2012 9:20 AM

Silly Question - I've already purchased Sockupied 2012.  What is the difference between it and Simply Sockupied?  On first glance, I'm thinking different patterns?