Nothing says ‘cosy’ like handknit socks. A fabulous, small, portable project that often combines rhythmic knitting and a little more concentrated effort, socks are the perfect expression of your skill and expertise in a compact giftable knit. Be careful though, once you, or a lucky gift recipient, have worn hand knit socks, it’s difficult to go back to anything less.
The Ringwood stitch was my Grandmother’s signature stitch and here I’ve used it to bring out the colours in very variegated yarns and really make them pop. This stitch pattern was traditionally used to make gloves in Ringwood, approximately 20 miles from where I grew up and the centre of a cottage industry of glove making in Victorian Britain.
A surprisingly simple but effective pattern, the instructions are provided for both a top down sock, an ideal first sock pattern, and once confident with the form and construction you can always move on to the toe up version which is also included in the pattern.
The pattern is easy to remember and to read from your knitting – this really is my go anywhere, knit anywhere sock pattern for lovely squishy cosy socks.
These socks are available in 3 sizes:
Small – Shoe size UK3-5, EU34-37, US5-7
Medium – Shoe size UK6-8, EU38-42, US8-10
Large – Shoe size UK9-10, EU43-45, US11-13
Yarn & Gauge
100g/400m of any standard 4 ply sock yarn is sufficient for any of the 3 sizes. The samples are shown in Malabrigo sock to show how the pattern plays with highly variegated yarns.
Gauge: 34 stitches and 56 rows = 10 cm in Ringwood pattern
Recommended Needles: 2.25mm (US1) or the needles you need to get gauge
The pattern includes a schematic showing actual measurements and advice on how to measure your foot and how to adjust your sizing to achieve the best fit.
In the single pattern you also receive instructions to knit these socks with a slipped stitch heel and gusset sock knitted from both the top down (pages 1,2,3) or from the toe up (pages1-2 & 4-5).
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