Soar through the sky with these fabulous knee-highs! This sock pattern is pretty straightforward. It is worked from the toe up in plain Stockinette stitch. The excitement begins at the calf with a pretty colorwork chart.
This pattern is written for 1 long, circular needle using the Magic Loop method. If you prefer to use 5 double-point needles, the pattern is easy to convert. After casting on, divide the sts over the 4 needles so that the first and second needles combined have the same number of stitches as the third and fourth needle combined. Then, anytime the pattern refers to “Needle 1,” that will actually comprise the stitches on your 1st and 2nd needles together. Anytime the pattern refers to “Needle 2,” that will actually comprise the stitches on your 3rd and 4th needle.
Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) to yield a sock with an actual arch circumference of 5” (6”, 7”, 8”, 9”)/12.5 (15, 18, 20.5, 23) cm. Note that the majority of people prefer socks with about 1”/2.5 cm of negative ease at the foot. Choose your size according to your preference.
Yarn: 400 (450, 525, 625, 750) yards/375 (425, 475, 575, 700) meters of sock weight yarn total; roughly 2% in each contrast color (5 contrasts total). If desired, the contrast yarn can be a single color in roughly 10% of the total yardage.
Sample shown in The Wicked Knittah BFL colorway Wheat (main yarn) and Peach 5 Mini Skeins (contrast set).
Needles: Size US 2/2.75 mm circular needles and US 1/2.25 mm circular needles with a long (40”/100 cm) cable, or size needed to obtain gauge and one size smaller.
Gauge: 28 – 30 stitches and 34 – 36 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch on larger needles.
Notions: 1 locking stitch marker, 4 – 6 standard markers, tapestry needle, tape measure, and sock blockers (optional).
Techniques: Judy’s magic cast on ( https://youtu.be/GV9UaFgZ6Q0 ), knitting in the round, wrap & turn (short rows), and fair isle knitting (from a chart).