Anyadell by Senja Jarva


by Senja Jarva
October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
1275 - 2125 yards (1166 - 1943 m)
XS, S, SM, M, ML, L, XL
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

Important note about sizing! The pattern has only seven (7) sizes but it is really easy to modify them, for example make more increases to the calf or thigh width.

If you happen to have wider calves than the 18.1” or 46cm (largest size XL), you can use this pattern to make socks that fit you.


  • In heel turn, there was a wrong sts count for the size ML. Correct row is: “Row 1 WS: Sl1 purlwise, p 15 18, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28 , p2tog, turn.” (added on 16th of Jan 2017)
  • In the section from ankle to knee, there are several wrong row numbers. Correct instructions are: “Work as set until you have completed round 104 112, 112, 120, 120, 120, 120.” (added on 30th of Jan 2017)

I really love thigh-high socks. I would love to knit and wear them all the time, but the problem is that there aren’t that many thigh-high sock patterns. Currently (in September 2016) there are 26,577 (knitting) sock patterns in Ravelry, of which 14,229 are labeled as adult size. There are only 212 thigh-high sock patterns, of which 121 have been labeled as adult size. This means that 0.80% of all sock patterns are thigh-high, and 0.85% of sock patterns for adults are thigh-high. The odds are not in favor of thigh-high sock lovers.

I’ve been experimenting with different invisible increasing techniques that could be used for toe-up thigh high socks. This pattern uses one of them – adding stitches when making cables. The cable pattern itself was the outcome of doodling and seeing how a cable pattern would increase in width along with height.

I named the pattern after one of my oldest friend’s, Ansu’s, internet nickname. We’ve been friends for over ten years. I hope these socks will warm you up as much as our very long-lasting friendship!