Sock Wars Cast On

Tomorrow is cast on day for our Must Stash Sock Wars and I am just about set. I was inspired by the fellow Raveler to do something a little different than a simple Vanilla sock which is my all time favorite for self striping yarn. My idea is to use all four colors so far (OC-D2, OC-DPO, BB-8 and Rey) to knit Stitch Surfers.

This free pattern is by Louis Robert and first appeared in Knitty Deep Fall issue of 2012. I have knit this pattern once before and enjoyed it quite a bit except for the heel which didn't work for me. I don't remember why and unfortunately I didn't make a note about the heel but at least I did remark that the socks ended up too tight knitting the Small size so I will try the Medium size this go around. A couple of years ago, I made two tutorial for how to knit the Stitch Surfer and they can be found on YouTube if you are interested in taking a look. The video linked includes casting on and starting the toe and a second video is all about how to surf. I mention doing a heel video but never did as I didn't use the heel as it is written in the pattern. Another fellow Raveler and former podcaster, Knitabulls, has knit Stitch Surfers several times and has all the parts of the sock covered in her three tutorials which can be found on her blog.  

I intend to cast on OC-D2 and OC-DPO for the first sock although I may change my mind by tomorrow and go with BB-8 and Rey to start since I have already knit a full sock in both of the Droid colorways. I have already been enjoying the friendly chatting going on in the Must Stash group board and look forward to seeing how this KAL shakes out. Will the Rebels prevail or will the Dark Side finally take over? If you would like to follow along or knit along, there are lots of fun way you can. The social media hashtags are #msysockwars, #msysockwarsrebel and #msysockwarsempire and my Instagram profile is MustStashSheep. Or you can join us on Ravelry where you can team up with the Rebellion or the Empire and help us decide the fate of the Universe (or this KAL).