Whale Done Socks KAL

I am so excited to announce my first ever knit along (KAL) here on The Chilly Dog. A lot of bloggers and pattern designers do mystery knit alongs, where the finished design is a surprise and you get a new clue each week. I am taking a different approach by doing a skill building KAL.

We'll be making my Whale Done Socks and I am going to walk you step by step through the entire pattern with helpful tutorials.

Required Skills

There are a few things you should be able to do before you tackle this KAL:
  • work in both rounds and rows
  • use dpns (or circular knitting needles if you are already familiar with magic loop sock knitting)
  • knit and purl
  • increase a stitch by making a yo (yarn over)
  • decrease a stitch with k2tog and skpo (knit 2 together and slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over)
That's not so bad, is it?

KAL Calendar

Each week, I'll focus on teaching you how to knit a specific section of the sock, starting from the toe up. Here's the schedule (the links won't be active until the date listed next to them):

Week 1 - The Toe
Week 2 - The Foot
Week 3 - The Heel

If you would like to receive reminder emails, with links to each week's tutorials, make sure to sign-up for notifications at http://eepurl.com/bcCQTv.


As far as materials, I'm going to be using

  • one skein (1.75 oz/50 g, 220 yd/200 m) of Skacel CoBaSi by HiKoo Yarn
  • US size 2 (2.75 mm) dpns

The KAL pattern makes a medium women's size sock (sock circumference = 8 inches, sock length = 9 1/2 inches). I'm going to knit my socks with short ankles (as shown in the photo above). If you would like the leg of your socks to be taller, you will definitely need a second skein of the recommended yarn.

You can also use a different (1-super fine) yarn, if you prefer. Just make sure that your yarn/needle combo gives you a gauge of 32 sts or 42 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch. I know you don't want to, but take the time and CHECK YOUR GAUGE before you start knitting your socks.

The Pattern

If you would like a printable version of the pattern as you work, you can find the Whale Done Socks Pattern in my shop.

Oh Yeah, Did Somebody Say Prizes?

Finally, I would love to see your progress throughout the month, so if you share pictures of your work on Facebook or Instagram, make sure to use #thechillydog and tag me @thechillydog, so you can enter my Whale Done Socks KAL Giveaway (August 3 - September 15, 2017) for a chance to win a little treat.

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