Tuesday 22 September 2020

Marathon Sock KAL UPDATE!

Over in my Ravelry group* we've been knitting socks for the Marathon Sock KAL since May 1st, and we're nearly there! I've just tallied up the socks that have been posted at in the FO thread and we're 78.8% of the way to a full marathon!

There's still plenty of time to join in if you'd like. Here's a reminder of all the details.


The Marathon Sock KAL - a KAL that involves a collective effort to knit a marathon’s worth of yarn** is back for its third year!

The Marathon Sock KAL started on May 1st 2020 and runs until we have knitted the full 26 miles of yarn.

Do I have to knit the full 26 miles by myself? No, of course not! All you have to do is knit a pair of adult-sized socks, and add a photo of them to the finished-object thread (opening soon) when they’re done, noting the amount of yarn used. I’ll add up all the yarn lengths from each post, and we should quite quickly have knitted a marathon’s worth of yarn.

The chatter thread is open now in my Ravelry group, so you can chat while you cast on and knit your socks.

Happy knitting!



Knit a Marathon’s worth of socks: 26.219 miles of sock yarn converted into socks.


  • Socks must be cast-on on or after May 1st 2020
  • Socks can be knitted or crocheted in any yarn weight
  • All socks must have a proper heel (no yoga or tube socks)
  • The KAL will close once the full 26 miles of yarn have been knitted
  • You must post a photo of your socks to the KAL FO thread, including the exact number of metres of yarn you used (to the nearest metre) for your metres to count in the total
  • New for this year: SECOND SOCKS COUNT! You don’t have to knit a full pair of socks, a single sock will count. If you are using a single sock as an entry, please include only the number of metres used to knit that sock
  • I’ll keep a running total for the group
  • To be eligible for a prize on Ravelry, you must be a member of the Ravelry group
  • If you’re on Instagram, use the hashtag #marathonsockkal2020; to be eligible for a prize on Instagram, you must follow @vikkibirddesigns on Instagram
  • Only hand-knitting/crochet will count, not machine knitting. If you have machine-knitted a sock tube and are adding heels/toes/cuffs by hand, the metres you used for the heels/toes/cuffs can be counted towards the total


  • One prize drawn from #marathonsockkal2020 on Instagram
  • One prize drawn from the chatter thread
  • One prize drawn from the FO thread (one entry per 100 m of yarn used)
  • One prize drawn from entries in the FO thread that are knitted using a pattern by Vikki Bird Designs (one entry per 100 m of yarn used)

*Ravelry link. May cause issues for people with photosensitivity, proceed with caution.

**26.219 miles = 42 195 m; each of my pairs of socks uses approximately 300 m of yarn (assuming sock weight yarn at 400 m per 100 g)

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