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Welcome to the Riverbend Socks - the first in my next collection of sock patterns - Beyond Vanilla Socks Part 2 - the idea being a collection of textured sock patterns that take you one step beyond those plain vanilla socks. If you are looking for something a little more engaging than plain stockinette then these patterns will work for you. With this pattern there are actually two versions included in the instructions, one is a stacked version and another is a staggered version of the stitch pattern.

For more details about this pattern and the other patterns in this collection see this VIDEO.

Pattern also available in the Beyond Vanilla Socks Part 2 collection

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What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 365-400m / 400-440 yds) Samples knit in Knitting A Love Song – Minuete Sock in the Sidewalk Chalk Colourway, and Hue Loco Glitz Sock in the Radioactive Colourway.
• Needles – 2.25mm or 2.5mm (US 1 or 1.5) on a Long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting).
• Notions – Stitch Markers if you wish to mark the beginning of the round.
• Gauge – Approx 8-9 sts/inch in stockinette
• Size – Socks are sized in a Small (Medium/Large).


• CO - Cast on
• Sts - Stitches
• K - Knit stitch
• P - Purl Stitch
• YO - Yarn Over
• DS - Double Stitch – German Short Row Technique – Slip stitch purlwise with yarn in front, pull working yarn over the right hand needle to create the double stitch (keep the tension taught when doing this). If the next stitch is a knit you can carry on from there, otherwise if it is a purl stitch then pull the yarn back round to the front to carry on purling.
• K2tog - Knit 2 stitches together (1 stitch decrease)
• SSK - Slip 2 stitches knitwise one at a time & knit together through the back loop (1 stitch decrease)
• RT - 2 Stitch Right Twist. Skip 1 stitch and knit the second stitch in the front loop, then knit the skipped stitch in the front loop, slip both stitches from the needle together.
• LT - 2 Stitch Left Twist. Skip 1 stitch and knit the second stitch in the back loop, then knit the skipped stitch in the front loop, slip both stitches from the needle together.

Pattern notes:

To save on printing if you only need the patterning portion of the sock (if you choose to do your own heel and toe) you will only need to print page 4. If you choose to knit the German Short Row Heel then please check which size you are knitting and then you can print just the page you need for your size.

Please also note that if you choose to knit the patterning on both front and back of the sock, the patterning can cause the fabric to not have as much stretch. Some options on what you can do to combat this issue if you find it to be a problem are:

Increase the number of stitches you use for the leg of the sock after you have knit the cuff.
You can go up a needle size to give the finished sock a bit more room. I do this by casting on for a size smaller for the cuff and then increasing to my regular sock size stitch count on the first row after the cuff, this prevents the cuff from becoming too loose.


I love to use the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, however as it is a separate paid for pattern, I have included instructions here for a German Short Row Heel. In any case, you can easily substitute any preferred heel method you would like to use.
You will get a PDF (3MB) file