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With the changing of the seasons, my thoughts turn towards the outdoors. The cold hasn’t fully left the world but everywhere I look, I find texture and life. There’s the dappling of sunlight on cobblestones, or bare branches waving their new buds up to cloudy skies.

I’m inspired by patterns and textures found in the world around me. When I’m in need of ideas, I’m lucky that I can throw on my favorite pair of walking shoes and go exploring. Mesmerized by rich, overgrown moss and the jagged intersections of bark breaking through soil, I created Heerlen.

Heerlen is a quick ankle or mid-calf sock pattern that combines rich texture with simple construction and a pull-tab that will hop right off your needles and into your favorite pair of walking shoes!


1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Intended to fit children and adults with US shoe sizes from children 9.5 through adult 14.5 or EUR shoe sizes 27-50. See photos for measurement details.

2 length options: ankle and mid-calf


Heerlen is knit toe-up featuring several textures to ensure a snug, sporty fit. German Short Rows are used for both heel and toe so there is no fussing with a small number of stitches.

The sock begins with a Provisional or Judy’s Magic Cast On at the widest part of the toe and knit flat. After shaping the short-row toe, the work is joined in the round to knit the seed-stitch body and cinched half-twisted rib arch. The heel uses the same short-row shaping as the toe.

Ankle socks flow into a half-twisted rib cuff, finishing off with a delicate seed stitch tab, knit flat at the back of the leg. Mid-calf socks first continue with a ribbed section around the ankle for a snug fit (optional), then either a plain stockinette or seed stitch leg, finishing with a half-twisted rib cuff and seed stitch tab.


Reading charted instructions
Provisional Cast On (using waste yarn and crochet hook
OR Judy’s Magic Cast On
Knitting in the round
German Short Row Toe / Heel Half-twisted rib
Seed stitch
Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off (or elastic bind off of your choice)
GAUGE (per 4” / 10cm)

34 sts x 52 rows = 4” / 10 cm in stockinette stitch with Needle A


Fingering-weight sock yarn (~415-470 yd / 380-430 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g). See yardage details on page 9.

Sample was knit out of Coates & Co. Fiber Meadowland (85% merino, 15% tencel; 415 yd / 380 m per 3.5 oz / 100 g) in colorway Huxley in size 4, ankle length.

See photos for yardage details.


Your preferred needles for small circumferences (DPNs, 32-40” / 80-100 cm circulars for magic loop or 9” circulars).

Needle A:
US 0 / 2 mm, or size to get gauge.
Needle B (for mid-calf socks only):
US 1 / 2.25 mm, or 1 size / 0.25 mm bigger than needle A.


Waste yarn in same weight and contrasting color (choose a smooth yarn that is easy to unravel), crochet hook B-C / 2-2.75 mm, stitch markers, cable needle (optional), tapestry needle, scissors.


I would love to see your versions of these socks! Feel free to tag me (@saltandstoneknits) in your photos and add these hashtags to your posts on Instagram! #heerlensocks #saltandstoneknits

If you have any questions about the pattern, please contact me by email at


This pattern is originally published through the Jimmy Beans Wool sock club! The 2020 Jimmy Beans Sock Club is the ideal way to incorporate bite-sized projects into your knit wardrobe! Each installment of this club features a new indie dyer and designer, which doubles as a yarn/pattern tasting of sorts for your needles and project bag! Each month brings in new, luxurious fiber contents, unique stitch patterns, and a fun accessory available in two custom colorways: Fun and Vibrant and Moody and Bold.


Pattern tech edited by Olga Barshai

Ravelry: GingerHandcrafts
IG: @Ginger_handcrafts

Copywriting by Katherine Majka

Raverly: Kasia-Knits
IG: @kasiaknits
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