Monday 13 July 2020

Just Checking In Socks

I love playing about with techniques when knitting, and came across this technique for making vertical stripes described in a book and thought I'd give it a go. You knit something with horizontal stripes (easy peasy), but also a ribbed texture, then at the end you use surface crochet or embroidery to add in the vertical stripes. Much easier than intarsia in the round, and the end result is really striking!

I am very much someone who believes that one size does not fit all when it comes to socks, so these socks are written for seven sizes, and you can knit them for the whole family.

The sample is knitted in Drops Fabel, a standard 75% wool, 25% nylon 4 ply sock yarn that is excellent value: knitting even the largest size will cost you under £10.** You can knit these socks in any sock yarn that takes your fancy - I think they'd look great if you used self-striping yarn as the main colour with a high-contrast contrast colour.

You can get the pattern for Just Checking In Socks in the August 2020 issue of I Like Knitting, an ezine that is available via a subscription model. If you would like to support me while you subscribe, please consider using my affiliate link.*

Want to add these to your Ravelry queue or favourites? You can find the pattern page here.


Time: 2 weeks pattern

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Sock Circumference 5.25 (6.25, 7.25, 8.25, 9.25, 10.25, 11.25)”

1” negative ease recommended.

Shown in size 8.25”

Gauge: 32 sts and 44 rounds = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking


Yarn: Garnstudio Drops Fabel Uni Colour (75% Wool, 25% Polyamide; 224 yards [205 meters]/50 grams): 100 Off-white (MC, 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2) balls), 400 Black (CC, 1 (1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2) balls)

Needles: US size 1.5 (2.5 mm) DPNs or circular at least 32” (80 cm) in length or circular 9” (22.5 cm) in length

Notions: Markers (7), tapestry needle, US size 1.5 (2.5 mm) crochet hook (optional)

Pattern Notes

The socks are knitted from the cuff down, starting with a 1 x 1 ribbed cuff in black.

The socks are knitted using a 5-row stripe sequence with purl columns that are surface crocheted or embroidered over at the end to add the vertical stripes.

The socks have a heel-flap and gusset construction with a slipped stitch texture on the heel flap for reinforcement.

The toe is Kitchener-free and is knitted in black.

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.

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