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Borealis Socks

Inspired by the northern lights, the Borealis socks feature a sweeping cable design up the front of the sock reminiscent of the lights travelling across the night sky.

This pattern has been designed in support of my Mum and will be helping to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These brain cells produce the chemical dopamine, and it is this lack of dopamine that causes the 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s; tremors, slowness of movement and muscle stiffness. Parkinson’s UK is a charity dedicated to supporting those affected by Parkinson’s as well as undertaking research in to treatments that have the potential to slow, stop or even reverse the symptoms of Parkinson’s. These results would mean so much to my family which is why £2 from the sale of this pattern will be donated to Parkinson’s UK (Registered Charity Number 258197 and SCO37554).

In sizes for all the family, these socks are knit from the cuff-down using a heel flap and gusset. This beautiful cable design is used on the adult socks, with a more simple version of the cable used for the smaller sizes. The cable runs up the front with the rest of the sock knit in stocking stitch. 

This pattern uses the German Twisted Cast On method. If this cast on is unfamiliar to you, or you need a recap, I offer a free tutorial on my blog. You can find more details on my website


Baby (toddler, pre-schooler, child, teen) XS, S, M, L, XL to fit 12.5 (14, 15, 16.5, 18) 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5 cm/ 5 (5.5, 6, 6.5, 7.25) 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10” foot circumference.

Yarn Requirements

Doulton Border Leicester Worsted Spun 4ply, Saltholme Colourway
(100% Border Leicester; 300 m/ 328 yds per 100g skein)
113 (136, 154, 182, 209) 246, 269, 297, 338, 359 m/ 126 (149, 168, 199, 229) 269, 294, 325, 370, 393 yds

Needles and notions

2.75mm (US 2) circular needle/ DPNs
Stitch marker
Tapestry needle


This pattern also includes a large print version for those with additional need. This includes: full written instructions, Arial font in size 22 throughout, all text is black and no italics have been used.

You will get the following files:

  • PDF (2MB)
  • PDF (2MB)

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