All Hail Caesar!

The mosaic socks for my Sockapalooooza pal are finished! I’m ever so pleased with how these turned out.

Caesar Check done

The stripes on the insteps both complement the mosaic checkered pattern and provide a nice finishing touch.

striped instep

Although I didn’t change the main color for the mosaic pattern, I switched it around for the remainder of the socks (cuffs, heels, instep, and toes). Overall, it looks pretty good, and also turned out to be a fortuitous decision. At the end, it was clear that I wouldn’t have had enough Navy left if I kept that as the main color for both socks.


This was my first time knitting a bi-color heel. It’s a bit of extra effort but does look very nice. I measured the heel flaps incorrectly at first and turned the heels about an inch too early. I didn’t realize my mistake until I had finished one very short gusset. It wasn’t too bad ripping back—the two yarn colors actually helped with this process.


I don’t know if I would want to use Knit Picks Essential yarn again. It seems too soft, almost too loosely plied. 

In a day or two, these socks will be in the post to their new owner. I hope she likes them! I certainly enjoyed knitting these and definitely would like to knit myself a pair with another of the mosaic patterns from the book.

Pattern: “Caesar’s Check” by Charlene Schurch, Sensational Knitted Socks Size: Women’s Medium, average to wide width Yarn: Knit Picks Essential Solid, 1 skein each Navy and Dusk Needles: Various brands US 0 (2mm), US 1 (2.25mm) and US 1.5 (2.5mm) DPNs Started: June 13, 2007 Completed: July 31, 2007

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25 Responses to “All Hail Caesar!”

  1. Jeanne Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    You have a very lucky sock pal. The socks look fabulous! I will have to knit that pattern someday.

  2. lorinda Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    They look great! Your pal will lurv them.

  3. Chris Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    They are absolutely lovely! Lucky sock pal.

  4. Guinifer Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 3:33 pm

    No kidding – those socks took a lot of dedication to finish!

  5. Rina Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Your pal will sure to love them, and they seem require a lot of work and dedication. Great looking socks.

  6. Dave Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Most excellent! I haven’t done mosaic knitting yet. Is it any stretchier than stranding?

  7. Tammy Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Those are awesome! I am humbled and awed, and I totally wanna be your sockpal. ;)

  8. Lisa Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous socks Harriet! I wish I was your sock pal lol.

  9. Tanya Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Wow! You have one lucky pal! Those are really special.

  10. danielle Says:
    August 1st, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Such cool socks — Your sock pal’s going to love them!

  11. mrspao Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Those look great :) You have a very lucky pal!

  12. Jen Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 4:57 am

    Stunning! I’m way to scared to tackle those patterns, though I want to. I’d love for someone to photograph the sock turned inside out. ;)

  13. Connie Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 8:16 am

    Wow! Those socks are gorgeous! I will have to look up that pattern. You did a great job!

  14. Tracey Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Oh those are fantastic, um, yeah, I will wait most patiently for my pair…right?

  15. gaile Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Those are gorgeous. Lucky sock pal you have!!

  16. Kristi aka Fiber Fool Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    They look fantastic!! I like the non-matchy match of them a lot.

  17. Swimming in the Frog-Pond « Kiss My Frog Says:
    August 2nd, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    [...] I like the colours, but it turns out that the plain stocking stitch panels between the yarn-over spirals just aren’t doing it for me. But the slip-stitch heel, now that I like. Which is making me think about slip-stitch patterns like Crusoe, or Rock and Weave. Or maybe even something in a mosaic…. [...]

  18. Frarochvia Says:
    August 3rd, 2007 at 11:45 am

    These really are gorgeous!

  19. schrodinger Says:
    August 4th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    They are great!!! I’m sure she’s going to love them.

  20. Opal Says:
    August 5th, 2007 at 2:58 pm

    Those socks are supah cool! I know what you mean about the Essential yarn. I’m not too thrilled with it myself. In fact I gave all of mine away!

  21. Summer of Socks 2007 » Blog Archive » SOS Update: Week 6 Says:
    August 5th, 2007 at 4:55 pm

    [...] Limedragon has finished her Mosaic Socks for her pal. The pattern is Caesar’s Check from SKS’s. I adore these! [...]

  22. Maryskid Says:
    August 11th, 2007 at 8:27 am

    The socks are gorgeous! I have yet to try mosaic patterns but you’ve inspired me. I’ve been catching up on your posts and am sooo happy to here you and yours were not involved in the tragic bridge collapse-My sister lives in Minneapolis (actually Shakopee) and travels that route every day for work-she was at our family reunion (in Iowa) when it happened. I left Iowa at 19 but enjoy my once a year trip back to see my large family.

    Your secret pal.

  23. Helga Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 11:37 am

    Hello Harriet, this is your sock pal. Many many thanks for the beautiful socks, they fit perfectly! And for the other gifts they are great and so generous and I like them very much, especially the chocolates ::)). From the Knit Picks wool I´ll knit a pair of socks for my husband as you said and from the “Titania” I´ll knit a pair for me. It was a pleasure for me to have you as my sock pal. Stay in good health and always a happy knitting!! =Helga

  24. Karin Says:
    August 16th, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Hi, aren’t mosaic patterns fun? I did one for my sockapalooza pal, too. I love yours too, hope your pal does too.

    Karin (sorry for the many too)

  25. Miss T Says:
    August 27th, 2007 at 3:36 pm

    Wow, those are gorgeous!

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