Welcome to the Mosaic Marbles Socks KAL!
These socks are worked cuff to toe in a pattern using slipped stitches. Slipped stitch color work is magical because you can make cool colorwork patterns, but only have to juggle one yarn at a time!
You can make your socks psychedelic by choosing highly contrasting colors – or even one variegated and one solid color. Or make them more reserved by choosing more complimentary colors like gray and black, for instance.
And you can choose to make your socks identical or change the colors up, as was done in the photo.
Foot length and width are adjustable.
In this KAL you will learn how to:
- Knit cuff-down socks
- Do the Tubular Cast On – the BEST CO for cuff-down socks!
- Knit slip stitch colorwork
- Read your knitting so you can always tell what row you are on
- Read colorwork charts
- Use a lifeline so you never have to rip all your work out again
- Knit in the round using double pointed needles, magic loop, or 2 circulars (your choice)
- Knit 2-at-a-time using the magic loop method (if you already know how to knit socks in the round)
- Adjust the size to fit your foot
Participants must know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off prior to starting this KAL. If you have never knit in the round, you may want to do the Socks on a Plane KAL or the Goat Whisperer’s Cabled Fingerless Gloves KAL before this one. They are both easier projects for learning to knit in the round.
- Yarn – Use the chart below to figure out how much yarn you need (be sure to read the notes below the chart). You can use any fingering weight yarn, but we recommend a wool/nylon blend. Typical sock yarns contain 10-25% nylon. The nylon adds strength and helps your socks to last longer.
That being said… for this pattern, you could use a wool/nylon blend for the color that you are using for your toes and heels (where socks wear out fastest) and a yarn without nylon for the other color.
- Mary Ann Sock by Wonderland Yarns, 85% superwash merino, 15% nylon with 475 yards per 4 oz skein
- Malabrigo Sock, 100% superwash merino with 440 yards per 3.5 oz skein (not recommended for the toes & heels)
- Size US 1 (2.25 mm) or US 1.5 (2.5 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge – You will need one of the following:
- A set of five double-pointed needles
- A 32” or longer circular needle for knitting in the round with the Magic Loop Method
- Two 16” or longer circular needles for knitting in the round with the 2 Circulars Method. The 2 needles do not need to be the same length.
If you are not sure which method to use, I recommend a 32” or longer circular needle for using the Magic Loop Method.
- Mosaic Marbles Socks pattern (available below)
- Stitch markers
- Darning needle
- Highlighter tape (optional, but recommended if you are using a paper pattern)
- Sock blockers or blocking board and T-pins
For your convenience, we have available for sale the yarn and pattern you need for this KAL. Save time and support our small business by purchasing what you need here. Click on the item name to see more details and larger photos.
If you do not need your yarn immediately, we are happy to special order whatever color you like! Just call (423) 869-8927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll help you find the perfect yarn!
|Clover Locking Stitch Markers||$5.49|
These durable Clover locking stitch markers are the most versatile stitch markers. You can use them on your knitting needles or pin them to your fabric to keep track of your stitches and progress.
|Clover Soft Stitch Ring Markers||$5.25|
These flexible Clover soft stitch ring markers are pliable and easy on your hands. The package includes 10 small and 20 large stitch markers. The small stitch markers fit needle sizes 0 to 5 and the large stitch markers fit needle sizes 5 to 11.
|Dritz Tapestry Needles||$2.19|
Large-eyed tapestry needles with blunt points that allow the needle to pass easily between fabric yarns. Five size 16 tapestry needles in each pack.
Malabrigo Sock is a hand dyed light fingering weight yarn that is luxuriously soft. 100% superwash merino wool; 100 grams / 440 yards
|Mosaic Marbles Socks Pattern||$6.50|
Mosaic Marbles Socks pattern by Kirsten Hall. You will receive this pattern as a PDF via email in a day or 2. If you supply your Ravelry ID during checkout, it will also be added to your Ravelry library.
Stainless steel sock blockers are perfect for blocking your socks! The strong yet minimal design allows air to flow through them for faster drying.
Each package contains 2 sturdy stainless steel sock blockers.
|Wonderland Yarns Mary Ann Sock||$26.00|
Mary Ann Sock is a fingering weight yarn designed especially for socks but is suitable for a wide variety of projects. It has a delightfully soft hand with the perfect smoothness and durability you want in your favorite sock yarn. 85% superwash merino wool, 15% nylon; 113 grams / 475 yards
Choosing Your Needles
Styles of knitting in the round and the needles you’ll need.
Wood, bamboo, or metal needles?
Should you knit 2-at-a-time?
An overview of the pattern to help reduce overwhelm
How much yarn you need
Deciding how many stitches to cast on
Demystifying the charts
How to Read the Charts
Paired charts are unique
Components of a mosaic knitting chart
Written directions for the chart sample
Chart knitting tips
Color coding your chart
General Tips to Improve Your Knitting
Mosaic knitting tips
Highlighting your pattern to avoid mistakes
Using stitch markers to make the knitting easier
Using lifelines to prevent having to rip out all your work
To Swatch Or Not To Swatch? You Might Be Surprised!
Sizing shortcut for experienced sock knitters
Choosing your needle size
Which gauge you should use
How to knit a Mosaic Marbles swatch
Measuring your gauge
What to do if you didn’t hit gauge
Advanced Mosaic Knitting Tip
Learn how to identify which stitches should be knit more loosely to have more consistent tension in your mosaic knitting.
Fixing Mistakes in Mosaic Knitting
Learn how to fix common mistakes in Mosaic Knitting without ripping out all your work
Knitting Your Mosaic Marbles Socks
Heel Flap (page 4)
How to knit the heel flap
How to use the coordinating color instead of the main color for your heel
Picking Up Gusset Stitches (Page 4)
Details on how to pick up stitches and prevent the holes that typically form on the sides of this style of heel
Gussets (Page 4)
How to knit the gusset
Keeping track of your decreases and how to keep them even
Customizing your sock to fit
Foot (Page 5)
Tips for knitting the foot of the sock, including:
Thinking ahead, in case your sock needs adjustments.
How to make sure your 2nd sock matches.