Wednesday 13 May 2020

Hiding in the Bamboo: a new sock pattern!

When I’m out and about, or at home on the sofa watching TV, I like to knit socks that are just one step up from vanilla: socks that have just enough patterning to keep me interested and to mark progress. Hiding in the Bamboo are just that: the socks feature an all-over rib-pattern that is easy to memorize, with just two rows that are different in every ten-round repeat. The socks were inspired by the yarn – the colour made me think of walks round the bamboo plantation in our local botanical garden, where the kids love to hide, before jumping out and shouting ‘boo’ while I hunt for them.

The socks are knitted from the top down using a standard heel flap and gusset construction. The foot length of the socks is adjustable to fit.

The pattern is written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted using either the magic-loop technique, short circulars or DPNs, depending on your individual preference. The pattern also features helpful hints for beginners.

If you fancy making your own Hiding in the Bamboo socks, you can get 20% off with the code BAMBOO until Wednesday 20th May 2020, all time zones, alternatively, all fof my indivdual patterns are buy one, get one free until the pubs reopen in the UK! Add both patterns to your basket and the cheapest will be free. Only one offer can be applied per basket.

The socks are knitted in MillaMia Naturally Soft Sock,* a wool/nylon blend 4-ply sock yarn. The yarn comes in a huge array of beautiful muted shades and is available as 50 g balls, making it perfect for mixing and matching. Yarn support was kindly provided by LoveCrafts.*

Want to cast on right away? You can get your copy here.


SizesXS (S, M, L, XL)

Finished sock circumferences: 13 (17, 20.5, 24.5, 28) cm [5.25 (6.75, 8.25, 9.75, 11.25) in]; for the best fit, choose a size that is approximately 2.5 cm [1 in] smaller than your foot circumference.

Leg length to heel: 12.5 (15, 18, 20.5, 23) cm [5 (6, 7, 8, 9) in].

Foot length is adjustable.

32 sts and 44 rnds = 10 cm [4 in] in stocking stitch and worked in the rnd on 2.5 mm (US 1.5) needle(s) after wet blocking, or size needed to obtain correct tension.

4ply-weight sock yarn in the following colours and amounts (yardages are approximate as the amount of yarn used will depend on the length of the foot, which is adjustable): 130 (215, 315, 440, 565) m [145, 240, 345, 485, 620) yds]

I would recommend using a dedicated sock yarn that is tightly plied wool and has some nylon content for durability.

  • 2.5 mm (US 1.5) DPNs, 15 cm [6 in], set of 5, or
  • 2.5 mm (US 1.5) circular needle, at least 80 cm [32 in] in length to work magic loop, or
  • 2.5 mm (US 1.5) circular needle, 22.5 cm [9 in] in length
  • Stitch markers x 5

The sample details are as follows: MillaMia Naturally Soft Sock (4-ply, 200 m per 50 g ball, 75% wool, 25% nylon) in 522 Laurel. Knitted in size M.

Pattern edited by Jo Torr.

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