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After I had finished working on a different project using 6 skeins of fingering weight yarn I had lots of leftovers and I decided I wanted them to be something else really special, the yarns all meant alot to me due to the place I was in personally when I purchased them and I wanted to make the most of it.

So I decided to design these fun scrappy socks. They use some simple textures and slipped stitch techniques to create a fun pair of socks.

You can use as many or as few colours as you wish, this pattern is ideal for using up larger scraps or mini skein sets. Or if you don’t have many of those around you can even use just 2 colours and alternate them to get a very graphic looking pair of socks. There are so many possibilities and options on how to work these socks it will never look the same way twice.

What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 365-400m / 400-440 yds) Sample knit with yarn scraps from a previous project, in various Fingering weight/Sock yarn blends. This is a great project to use up your scraps from a larger project, or to break into a special mini skein set to create some fun scrappy socks.

• Needles – 2.25mm & 2.5mm (US 1 & 1.5) on a long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting). The larger needle size is recommended, but optional, for the slip stitch portions of the pattern as the gauge here can be tighter.

• Notions – Optional - A progress keeper to keep track of row count / pattern repeats (this can also mark the instep side of your work).

• Gauge – Approx 8 sts/inch in stockinette

• Size – Socks are sized in XS (S / S-M / M / M-L / L / XL). Sizes are based on foot circumference and not length as you knit the sock as long as you need to in order to fit the recipient. Please also note that socks need to have about 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of negative ease in order to provide a nice snug fit around the foot without being too baggy. Further, socks will loosen up over time and with wear so personally I prefer a nice snug fit at the start to reduce this effect later.
  • 48 sts – X-Small for a foot circumference of approx. 6-7 inches
  • 56 sts - Small for a foot circumference of approx. 8-9 inches
  • 60 sts - Small/Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 8.5-9.5 inches
  • 64 sts - Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 9-10 inches
  • 68 sts - Medium/Large for a foot circumference of approx. 9.5-10.5 inches
  • 72 sts - Large for a foot circumference of approx. 10-11 inches
  • 80 sts – X-Large for a foot circumference of approx. 11-12 inches

Notes for Printing:

• Instructions for the Stitch Pattern are on Pages 4
• Instructions for Cuff Down are on Page 5
• Instructions for Toe Up are on Pages 6
• German Short Row Heel instructions are on Page 7
• Modified Heel Flap Adjustment instructions are in a separate PDF that can be found with this pattern in your Ravelry Library.

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Note about Instructions:

• Instructions are shown as XS (S/S-M/M/M-L/L/XL) throughout the pattern, where stitch counts vary.

• I knit my socks using the Magic Loop method, however; the pattern can be adapted to use DPN’s or 9 inch Circulars or your preferred method for knitting socks.

• Instructions are provided for both Cuff Down and Toe Up. The Cuff Down method is first, followed by Toe Up instructions. The stitch pattern being used for the leg and foot of the sock is first detailed below, followed by a general outline of the sock construction.

• At the end of the pattern you will find the generic instructions for the German Short Row Heel which is worked exactly the same way for both Toe Up and Cuff Down socks.

• To work the GSR heel (or any heel) in Garter Stitch you will just need to knit every row rather than purl the wrong side rows.

• The Modified Heel Flap Adjustment (MHFA) instructions can be found as a separate PDF download along with this pattern. This was done to reduce the file size of this pattern.
You will get a PDF (4MB) file