Seed Head socks
Fancy knitting yourself some new socks? The Seed Head socks might be just what you're after: dip stitches run up the front of the socks, creating shapes that are reminiscent of the seed heads that we see growing in the fields and hedgerows in the UK. The dip stitches are a lot of fun to knit, and once you have knitted a couple, they get much quicker to work! In case you are unfamiliar with dip stitches, I have included a photo tutorial at the end of the pattern to help you.
The Seed Head socks are knitted from the toe up and I’ve given two options for knitting the heel:
- A gusset and heel flap construction, shaped with short rows, and with a slipped-stitch pattern on the heel flap for reinforcement. The gusset length is affected by your row/round gauge, so a table of gauge-dependent lengths is included to help you achieve the perfect fit.
- A short row heel.
Instructions are provided to create either fully matching-socks, or mirrored, fraternal socks. Instructions for the Seed Head pattern are given in both chart and written formats.
The pattern is needle-neutral, and the socks can be knitted using DPNs, short circulars, or long circulars using the magic loop technique.
A (B, C, D, E, F)
Finished sock foot circumferences: 14 (16.5, 19, 22, 24.5, 27) cm [5.5 (6.5, 7.5, 8.75, 9.75, 10.75) in] designed to fit with 2.5 cm (1 in) negative ease. These are the sizes of the finished socks; for the best fit, choose a size that is approximately 2.5 cm (1 in) smaller than your foot circumference.
The stitch counts for the patterned panel are modified so that the cabled panels are the same width as the stocking stitch sole, this results in the socks fitting the same as a regular stocking stitch socks with a stitch count of 46 (54, 62, 70, 78, 86) sts.
32 sts x 44 rnds = 10 cm (4 in) in stocking stitch
23 sts = 6.3 cm (2.5 in) in SMALL Flower panel
23 sts = 7.4 cm (2.875 in) in LARGE Flower panel
All st patterns are worked in the rnd on 2.5 mm (US 1.5) needles, or size needed to obtain correct gauge.
Notes are included to adapt the pattern to your rnd gauge.
170 (240, 310, 400, 500, 610) m [190 (270, 340, 440, 550, 670) yds] of a dedicated 4 ply sock yarn.
Note that these numbers are for guidance only as the lengths of both the legs and the feet are variable to fit. The short row heel version will use less yarn than the heel flap and gusset version. See pattern notes for further guidance on yarn choice.
- 2.5 mm DPNs
- or a 2.5 mm circular needle at least 80 cm (32 in) in length
- or a 2.5 mm 20 cm (9 in) circular needle
- Stitch markers x 4 (you may wish to use 2 extra markers when you are working the Seed Head sts)
- 2.5 mm crochet hook, optional
- Tapestry needle
- Cable needle
The instructions are for the smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses: A (B, C, D, E, F).
If you have a limited quantity of yarn and you want to ensure you do not run out of yarn for the second sock, first wind the skein into two balls of equal mass, and stop knitting your first sock when your first ball is about to run out.
The socks shown are knitted in Eden Cottage Yarns Tempo 4 ply [4 ply; 100 m (436 yds) per 100 g skein; 75% merino wool, 25% nylon] in the colourway Hibiscus and size D for a UK women’s size 9.5 foot [foot length 27.25 cm (10.75 in)]. The sample socks used 360 m (394 yds) of yarn. Yarn support was provided by Eden Cottage Yarns; you can find all their yarns on their website: https://www.edencottageyarns.co.uk/
I would recommend using a dedicated sock yarn for these socks, either a wool/nylon blend or a high-twist wool yarn.
I have included instructions for both a heel flap and gusset and a short row heel. It is totally up to you which you choose to do, but I find that if you have a high instep, a heel flap and gusset provides a better fit as there is more space in the heel.
Links to the following resources are given at the end of the pattern:
- Dip stitches
- Judy's Magic cast-on
- Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off
- Wrap and turn
- Choosing what size socks to knit
This pattern was tech edited by Jo Torr.
This listing is for the pattern only, not the finished socks.