Brevis by Clare Devine


May 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
100 - 400 yards (91 - 366 m)
0-6m (6-12m, toddler, child) [XS, S, M, L, XL]
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This pattern is part of Clare Devine’s sock knitting series, Sock Anatomy: Dissecting Heels and Toes. It is available as a single pattern or part of the e-book.


Nothing hugs your feet quite like a pair of ribbed socks. Brevis uses twisted ribbing to give this simple sock a beautifully structured look. The heel is constructed with a heel flap and turned using a German or band heel turn. These are great unisex socks, and perfect for the whole family.


West Yorkshire Spinners Signature (4 ply; 75% wool, 25% nylon; 400m/437 yds per 100g skein)
Shade: Sour Apple; 1 x 100g ball

Yardage per size varies. Baby and toddler (allow 35 – 40g), child (allow 50 – 60g), adult sizes will depend on the size and foot length, allow up to 100g for XS, S and M in a UK size 6. For larger sizes and over a UK size 7 you may need up to 150g of yarn.

2.5mm (US1.5) needles; for working in the round
Two stitch markers
Tapestry needle


0-6m (6-12m, toddler, child) XS, S, M, L, XL
Finished circumference (unstretched): 11.5 (13, 14, 15) 16, 17.5, 20, 22.5, 25 cm / 4.5 (5, 5.5, 6) 6.5, 7, 8, 9, 10
To fit approx: 12.5-14 (14-15, 15-16, 16-17) 18, 19.5, 22, 24,5, 27 cm / 5 - 5.5 (5.5 - 6, 6 - 6.25, 6.25 - 7) 7.25, 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5


32 sts and 44 rows = 10cm / 4” in stocking stitch worked in the round, blocked.

Pattern notes

The ribbed sections of this sock are knitted in twisted rib. To create twisted rib, always work the knit stitch through the back loop. Purl stitches are worked as normal.

The twisted rib section continues onto the top of the foot; the sole is worked in stocking stitch.

I would recommend using a very stretchy cast on for this sock to take advantage of the stretchy qualities of the ribbing. My preferred method is the German Twisted Cast On, as it produces a beautiful, stretchy but structured edge.