You might be wondering how this design got its name. In May 2016, the Scottish tourist board office began stocking a new promotional booklet for the tiny Orkney island of Mama Westray. It talked of the tropical gardens, the “world famous Tomb of the Haddock”, and the swimming pigs who eat the surplus fish thrown back into the water by the island’s fishermen. You should be able to find photos on the internet if you are interested.But Mama Westray doesn’t exist, despite its professionally produced brochure. I loved that someone had gone to so much trouble for a joke and thought such a fantastic place really deserved its own pattern.
These toe-up socks borrow from the traditional Gansey, or Guernsey, sweater patterns of the British Isles. As well as the patterning being made from only knit and purl stitches, these socks also feature the garter welt, the fake side seam and the distinctively outlined gusset that are characteristic of the sweaters.Sizes
- measured around mid-foot
- Small - 7 - 8” (17.75 - 20.25cm)
- Medium - 8 - 9” (20.25 - 22.75cm)
- Large - 9 - 10” (22.75 - 25.5cm)
36 sts and 44 rounds = 4" (10cm) in stocking stitch in the round
100g/400m 4ply/fingering weight sock yarn. Any that gives gauge should be suitable.
Sample was knit in West Yorkshire Spinners (WYS) Signature 4ply solids
Needles and Notions
- 2.25mm (US 1) circular needle, or dpns
- stitch markers
- tapestry needle for weaving in the ends
Instructions for the pattern are both charted and fully written out so you can choose which you prefer.