Cirque Socks by Sarah Wilson
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Cirque Socks

March 2009
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 500 yards (366 - 457 m)
Women's Small (shoe size 5-7) and Large (shoe size 8-10)
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This sock evokes memories of a particular breed of circus where fantastical creatures, obnoxious clowns and acrobatic performers unite to entrance the mind and enthrall the spirit. Here, rivulets of cables flow from the top of the leg, gently curving themselves around the heel and toe. The channels of smaller cables are actually twisted stitches; these simple embellishments make a stunning detail when carried down the edges of the foot and around the toe. A clever twist on the three-needle bindoff finishes these socks in style, and is flatter and more comfortable than might first appear.

Women’s small (shoe size 5-7) and large (shoe size 8-10).

Finished Measurements
Circumference: 8 (9) inches – will stretch to fit 11 (12) inches comfortably.
Foot length: 9 (10) inches, adjustable.


  • Knit Picks Essential 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon, 231 yards per 50 gram ball color: Grasshopper; 2 balls
  • Set of 5 US 1/2.25 mm double pointed needles OR 32-inch circular needle for working magic loop
  • Cable Needle (optional for working cables)
  • Stitch Marker
  • Tapestry Needle

32 sts/48 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Knitty Errata (PDF is correct):
Round 3 of the Size Small Cirque Stitch Pattern should read as follows: TW, p1, k1, p1, 3LPC, p4, 3RPC, p1, k1, p1.

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