Amy socks by Vikki Bird

Amy socks

April 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
437 yards (400 m)
S [M, L] Finished sock circumferences, 17.5 (20, 22.5) cm [7 (8, 9) in] designed to fit with 2.5 cm [1 in] negative ease
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I met my friend Amy several years ago while we were both studying for PhDs. While we were both living in Durham we met for lunch every week and happily discussed all manner of things. It soon emerged that we were both keen crafters, enjoying everything from children’s crafts (we were also involved in GirlGuiding) to crochet to knitting. When Amy moved to the opposite end of the country our friendship continued, and we regularly send each other photos of whatever project we are working on, including many, many pairs of socks. These socks are a thank you to Amy for coming along for the knitty ride.

The Amy socks are knitted from the toe up and use a gusset and heel flap construction, shaped with short rows; the heel features an Eye of Partridge slipped stitch pattern. The socks have a pattern on the instep and around the leg, while the sole is knitted in stocking stitch. The gusset length is affected by your row/round gauge, so a small amount of optional maths is included to achieve the perfect fit.

My Amy socks are the second in a collection of sock patterns, called the Knit Night Collection, named after a few of my favourite knitty people. All the socks in the collection come in three sizes (finished sock circumferences, 17.5 (20, 22.5) cm 7 (8, 9) in), with the different sizes being created by scaling the pattern, so larger socks have larger motifs. The patterns in the collection are written to be needle-neutral and can be knitted on any of DPNs, short circulars or long circulars using the magic loop technique.


  • 2.5 mm DPNs or a 2.5 mm circular needle at least 80 cm (31 in) in length
  • One ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply (4 ply; 400 m 436 yds per 100g ball; 75% wool, 25% nylon) or 400 m 436 yds of an equivalent sock yarn*
  • 4 stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

*It is possible that if you are knitting for very large feet you may require more than 400 m 436 yds of yarn for a pair of socks. The sample socks shown are the largest size for a UK size 10 foot (foot length 26.75 cm/10.5 in) and used 320 m 349 yds of the suggested yarn. The socks shown are knitted in the colourway Blueberry Bonbon (365).