Bear Paw Tracks by Ursa Major Knits
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Bear Paw Tracks

February 2012
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
420 - 440 yards (384 - 402 m)
US women's 5-14, US men's 3.5-12.5
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errata: right leg row #45 reads

(p2, k2) 3x, p2, RLI, p, k11, p2, k2, p

There is an ssk missing. It should read:

(p2, k2) 3x, p2, RLI, p, k11, , p2, k2, p

The Bear Paw Tracks socks are a toe-up pattern. If you have never knitted socks from the toe up before, just bear with me ;-) (pun intended), and I will take you through all the necessary steps.

This pattern provides photo tutorials on how to do a magical cast-on and then how to knit a toe part, that is almost identical to the wedge toe when knitted top down.

You will also find photo tutorials on how to make left-leaning and right-leaning increases, which you will need for the gusset, and on how to wrap stitches and later conceal the wraps, which you will need for the short row heel cap.

If you have knitted socks from the toe-up before, you can stick to your favorite method for the toe and/or the heel shape and simply use the instructions for the instep and the leg.

You should however be familiar with the magic loop method, or otherwise check it out on youtube.

Since the left sock is a mirrored image of the left sock, you will find individual patterns for the left and the right side, both charted and written.

This pattern will cover the sizes US women’s 5 – 14. A conversion table for EUR, AUS, UK womens, and even US, UK, and AUS men’s (in case they are daring enough to wear such a fancy sock) will be provided as well.

If you have any questions, you can reach me under

Happy Knitting

PS: I know that technically bear paw tracks would show 5 toes, but this didn’t look good at all in knitted stitches. Also I used an image of a paw with only 4 toes in the pattern, for the sake of the design. ;-)))))