KnitFreedom knitalongs (KALs) are a way to get extra help on a project, take part in your KnitFreedom community, and enjoy knitting a project all together.
When you enroll in a knitalong, you’ll need to invest in the associated video class to have access to the lessons and videos. As a member of the KAL, you’ll receive helpful emails breaking down the class into bite-sized chunks to help you work through the class chapters at a reasonable pace.
You’ll also have a place to leave comments and ask questions of the KnitFreedom knitting experts, and get encouragement, motivation, and support around your project.
Frequent Knitalong Questions:
When is the deadline?
There is none! Everyone learns at their own pace, so feel free to take all the time you need to finish your KAL project. Since all your learning materials are part of the class, you can access them for years after the KAL wraps up. Knit at your own pace, and feel free to chime in with fellow KAL members on our blog posts.
How do I keep track of the KAL?
The KAL will be conducted through email newsletters, each with extra tips and tricks to help you with your project. These emails serve as reminders of where we are in the project, but are by no means mandatory steps. If you find yourself too busy, you can always return to the emails in your inbox at a later date to start over again! You can find the same lessons and ask questions on your knitalong lessons page (access via your My Classes page).
When do I knit for my KAL?
KnitFreedom KALs are self-paced, so you can start knitting as soon as you have your materials.
Are KALs included in the Knitting Superstar course?
No, they are not. KALs may only be accessed through investing in either Premium membership, or the KAL course.
Do I have to use the same yarn and needles you do?
We only ask that you use yarn and materials that match the gauge and fiber content of what we suggest. This is so the finished object matches the pattern specifications, and so that you get all the best wear out of your project. For example, you wouldn’t want to knit a pair of felted slippers out of a plant fiber like cotton.
As long as you are using the correct size needle for the project, knitting needles of all materials and brands will work perfectly fine for our KALs.
Updated December 8, 2020
I would love for you to read the KnitFreedom blog from the beginning! These are the posts I wrote while I was creating “Become a Knitting Superstar” and preparing to promote it.
They contain the core ideas of what KnitFreedom is all about – fixing mistakes, reading your work, reading patterns… all the things that make you an independent knitter.
Just scroll to the bottom and use the page navigator to skip to the last page (the earliest posts). The video below will walk you through that process.
Updated December 4, 2020
KnitFreedom specializes in free basic toe-up sock patterns for Magic Loop.
So which of our basic sock patterns should you choose?
The Pattern You Choose Depends On Your Yarn, Needles, and Preferences
At KnitFreedom, you have a choice between basic, beginner socks or more challenging heel-flap socks.
You can also use a thick yarn (worsted weight) or a thinner, sock-weight yarn (fingering-weight).
If your yarn doesn’t fit into the above categories OR you want to make a different size than what is available in the patterns, we have a generic pattern that will work for any yarn and any size foot.
If this is your first time knitting socks, I recommend the beginner socks detailed below. The are designed based on Fleegle’s basic sock pattern, and they have an easy-to-learn, no-holes heel called the Fleegle heel.
If you want to stick as closely as possible to the videos in our Toe-Up Socks class, use our worsted-weight sock pattern. Choose a worsted or heavy-worsted yarn, and choose a needle size that will get you a gauge of 4.5 stitches per inch (probably a US size 7 or 8 needle).
How to check your gauge for worsted-weight yarn
Here’s a video showing how to check your gauge in the round.
If your gauge is wrong
If you get more than 4.5 stitches per inch, try again with a needle one size bigger.
If you get fewer than 4.5 stitches per inch (not as likely), try again with a smaller needle.
If you’d like to knit fingering-weight socks, print out the Beginner Fingering-Weight Sock Pattern here. You’ll need to acheive a gauge of 7 stitches per inch and you’ll use needles US size 0-2, depending on how tight or loose you knit.
Our basic beginner sock pattern is available as a generic “formula” pattern that you can use to knit socks in any weight (gauge) of yarn AND for any size foot.
All you need handy is the foot for which you are knitting, since you will be trying on as you go.
These socks have a “faux” or “built-in” heel flap. The advantages of this sock are:
You can knit a contrasting-color heel and toe, which you can’t do with our basic Fleegle Heel sock patterns.
Last, you can adjust this pattern easily for high insteps to make the heel fit your foot just right. To learn more about the faux heel flap heel and see a video on how to do it, check out our blog post: "Heel Flaps Are BACK."
Updated September 14, 2020
If you feel there is an error in a KnitFreedom pattern, we would like to fix it! Please email us and tell us:
- What version of the pattern you are using (look at the bottom of PDF pages)
- What size you are making
- What weight of yarn you are using
We appreciate your help in tracking down these little gremlins!
Updated August 24, 2020