Sock Knitting KAL

What is a KAL?

KAL stands for Knit-A-Long, and is a fairly structured approach to members of a community knitting a project alongside one another. This can provide accountability, support, learning opportunities, and is a fun experience for all involved. Knitters of all levels and experiences can gain from a KAL, whether that be a sense of community, meeting new friends, sharing expertise or learning new skills. 

How to join? 

1) Purchase materials online or in person from Makers Lodge. Gina and Christine are happy to help you choose your yarns! 

2) Download your pattern (print if you like a hard copy) 

3) For virtual participants, all chatter will happen in the Makers Lodge: Virtual Makespace group on Facebook, so please join the group if you haven’t already done so and watch for our posts with more information. For in-person participants, join us in studio to cast or any other drop ins throughout the KAL. 

  • Virtual Cast on will take place Monday, April 1st (no joke!). 
  • In studio cast on March 3oth @ 9-4pm (drop in anytime), or April 2nd @ 5:30-9pm (drop in anytime). 

4) Knit!! Follow along for weekly check-ins! 

5) Earn entries for the prize in the following ways: 

  • virtual posts to public social media accounts by tagging Makers Lodge AND using the #makerslodgeKAL Each post is an entry to the draw for the main prize
  • come to drops ins! Each drop in attended will earn you an entry for the main prize! 

6) Join us for the Finale – in person or online on May 4th! 

This KAL will have both virtual and in-person elements, but you may choose which components to participate studio to 


This KAL is to complete a pair of Toe-Up Knit Socks. The pattern being used for the KAL is the Perfect Sock Pattern by Jo Torr. 

Yarn Options

The yarn requirement for this pattern is 100g of fingering weight sock yarn. You will want to choose a yarn that has nylon content in it when knitting socks. 

Here are our top recommendations: 

  1. Laines du Nord – Paint Gradient, Watercolor Sock, or Paint Sock (Merino/Nylon, Fingering Weight) 
  2. Malabrigo – Ultimate Sock (Merino/Nylon, Fingering Weight)
  3. Manos del Uruguay – Alegria (Superwash Merino/Nylon, fingering weight)
  4. Confetti Yarns – Hand Dyed Sock (Merino/Nylon, fingering weight)
  5. Juniper Moon Farm – Herriot Fine (Alpaca/Nylon, fingering weight)
  6. Comfort Sock – 4 ply Sock (Superwash wool/polyamid, fingering weight)
  7. Gedifra – Lana Mia Cotone (Cotton/Polyester, fingering weight)
  8. Laines du Nord – Summer Sock (Cotton/Nylon, fingering weight)
  9. King Cole – Summer (Bamboo/Cotton/PBT, fingering weight)
  10. Uneek Sock Kit (Superwash Merino/Nylon, fingering weight)
  11. Seawater Weaving Hand dyed Sock Yarns (Merino/Nylon, fingering weight)


Needle Options

A big part of becoming successful in sock knitting is finding the needle style that is right for you. 

We have several needle options available in studio, and here are the 4 categories we carry. 

  1. Double Pointed Needles (DPNs)
  2. 9″ or 10″ circular needles 
  3. 32″ or 40″ circular needles (For Magic loop) 
  4. 16″ circular needles (you would need 2 of these) 

KAL Schedule

Cast on: March 30th – April 2nd 

  • Virtual Cast on April 1st 
  • In person Cast on March 30th or April 2nd 

Weekly Check in #1: April 6th, 2024 

Weekly Check in #2: April 13th, 2024

Weekly Check in #3: April 20th, 2024 

  • Heel class, April 20th 10-12pm 

Weekly Check in #4: April 27th, 2024 

Finale: May 4th, 2024  

Cast on video recommendation!

Heel Information

This pattern includes instructions on completing the heel of your socks. However, we do recommend considering taking this opportunity to learn the Fish Lips Kiss Heel Pattern, as it is an excellent option for all your hand knit sock! 

Fish Lips Kiss Heel Pattern is available here on Ravelry, for $3.50 cad. 

Casting Off

It’s time to cast off!! 

We are going to use Jeni’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off – a great option for a nice stretchy bind off at the top of the cuff. 

Here is a recommended YouTube Video for this bind off. 

Block Your Socks!

Check out our blog post on the benefits of blocking! 



We have put together a kick-ass prize basket for one very lucky KAL participant!!! 

This basket is valued at over $100 and the draw will take place on May 4th! 

Attendance at the Finale is not required, and the prize winner will be contacted if not at the in-person event.

In the Prize bundle: a Sock minnie set (minnie basin and bottle of soak), a ball of Laines du Nord Sock Yarn, a variety tin of Knit Picks stitch markers and a handmade sock sack knitting bag (made and donated by Cianci Sews)! 

use #makerslodgeKAL in your social media posts!

Rules and Regulations:

  • open to virtual and in person knitters (all in person events are optional) 
  • all experience levels are welcome
  • supplies must be purchased from Makers Lodge (in studio or online) 
  • Posts eligible to be entered into a draw  must be done from a public account (must tag makerslodge and use hashtag) or posted directly into the Makers Lodge: Virtual Makespace group on Facebook
  • This contest in not affiliated with Facebook or Instagram