Saturday, January 01, 2011


Happy New Year! To get the year started right I am doing a free mystery sock knit-along. I'll release the first clue today and each subsequent clue once per week until the end of the month.

Wha? Yes!

The technique is mosaic knitting which I am quite fond of. No pictures yet, because that would spoil the surprise.

Sizes: Women’s Medium (Large)

Foot circumference:
7 (9) inches (17.5, 23 cm) unstretched. Will stretch to fit 9 (11) inches (23, 28 cm).

Yarn: Fingering-weight sock yarn that gives you proper gauge. Sample shown: Barking Dog Yarns Opposites Attract [100% SUPERWASH Merino Wool; 200yd per 50 gram skein]; 1 skein each color.

Needles: 1 set US #1/2.25mm 32” circular needles or double pointed needles, or size to get gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle.

Gauge: 32 sts/48 rows = 4" in st st

NOTES: This pattern is worked from the cuff down with two colors. It includes mosaic knitting, a heel flap, and a grafted toe. The slipped stitches create a fabric that is slightly less stretchy than standard stockinette st. Keep this in mind when choosing yarn and sock size.

What is mosaic knitting? Describing mosaic knitting is harder than actually doing it. Barbara Walker named the process of slipping stitches while alternating rows of color “mosaic knitting” because it naturally lends itself to geometric design. Unlike stranded knitting, you only work with one color at a time. You will slip stitches to give the illusion of colorwork. In this pattern, you will work 2 rows of one color across the round, slipping the stitches that are indicated as the second color, then work 2 rows of the other color, slipping the other stitches. In the charts, The MC is represented with white and the CC is shaded.

Download the first clue now


undeadgoat said...

Despite the fact that I am STILL working on a mosaic knit mystery knitalong you posted over a year ago, I have decided to go ahead and download this pattern. I don't even have access to my stash yarn right now, let alone enough needles . . .

MayaMoonie said...

I was lucky enough to test knit this pattern, and have to recommend it to EVERYONE! It is my first mosaic project and came out beautifully :) Go forth and download!

Calophi said...

Got clue one finished! =D I loved your Miss Marple mystery socks so even though I have enough crap to do this year I figured why not?

MareKnits said...

I love mystery knitting so I'm in. I just downloaded first clue; not I have to find some yarn.

Lenka said...

mkay ready for the next one Star!! See you in a few weeks! I'm home in 9 days!