Brightly colored skeins of variegated yarn can sometimes be a challenge to knit with, but these fun ankle socks are a colorful solution! The lace eyelet and chunky cable front panel will keep you interested as you knit, and garter rib lets you rest easy while ensuring the cuff hugs your ankle just right.
Finished Size 7” (9”) circumference; women’s foot size 6-8, (81/2-10).
Yarn Manos del Uruguay Alegria sock yarn, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Polyamide; 445 yards/100g: Periquito, 1 (1) skein.
Yarn Knit Picks Stroll Fingering, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 462 yards/100 g: Poppy Field Tonal, 1 (1) skein.
Needles US #1.5/2.5mm DPNs; adjust size to get the correct gauge.
Notions Cable Needle (CN), Stitch Markers (SM), preferably in various colors.
Gauge 30 sts and 31 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch.
Notes: The nice thing about socks is that you can try them on as you knit them and make any modifications needed – for example, you can do fewer gusset decreases to account for a larger foot vs. ankle circumference. Having the pattern on top of the foot (the instep) and stockinette stitch on the bottom also helps provide more ease, and this sock can also be modified quite easily in terms of foot length. This sock is really easy to modify in terms of foot length; if you are new to sock knitting, I recommend pay more attention to your ankle circumference when deciding which size to make. You will want to err on the side of choosing the smaller size option so that the cuff hugs your ankle. Be sure to also use a stretchy cast-on to start things off – I recommend the Long-Tail (Slingshot) cast-on method which produces a very nice-looking elastic edge!
The Designer: Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter has been knitting since 2003; she added crochet and handspinning to her repertoire along the way, and blogs about her fibery exploits at handmadebystefanie.blogspot.com. Her day job as senior account manager at Stitchcraft Marketing allows her to work with some awesome folks in the yarn industry, enabling her craft obsession exponentially in the process! For questions about this pattern contact Stefanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.