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Colleen Stockings Pattern

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This sock is inspired by the Gansey sweater, a sweater design typical for Irish (and Finnish too!) fishermen. It is said that the pattern on the sweater was unique to its wearer so that in the unlucky event of a work-related passing, the fisherman could be identified by the pattern on the sweater. Those sweaters also typically had plain and easy to knit sleeves, the parts that wore out faster, so they were easy to reknit when they wore out.

In the same fashion, this sock is designed to have a beautifully detailed cuff while the parts that wear out faster are fast and easy to knit.

The pattern is named after the Irish word for girl.


GGH Volante (55% merino, 45% cotton; 142 yds [130 m]/50 g): Color #28 Pearl Grey 4 balls/skeins.


Size US 2.5 (3 mm) needles, dpn’s or at least 32" (80cm) circulars for magic loop.

Or size needed to obtain gauge.


24 sts and 34 rows = 4" [10cm] in St st

28 sts and 34 rows = 4” [10 cm] in patt


Cuff: 13.75” (35 cm) circumference

Ankle: 5 – 8.75” (13 – 25 cm) circumference

Foot: 7 – 8.75” (18 – 25 cm) circumference
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