First Queen Socks by Mary Lukas

First Queen Socks

by Mary Lukas
March 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8.5 stitches = 1 inch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 350 yards (274 - 320 m)
Woman's Small, Woman's Medium/Men's Small, Woman's Large/Men's Medium
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This pattern is available for $6.00.

For the foreseeable future all of my patterns and ebooks are 25% off, no coupon code needed. For those of us that can, let’s stay home and do some sock knitting.

I had originally intended this pattern to release later in the year and was going to do something different for this month, but I felt for what’s happening right now in the world, and the beautiful early Spring we’re having, that we needed a more of an instant gratification type of sock pattern.

She was England’s First Queen, or Bloody Mary to most, but she was born Mary I, Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon and older sister to Queen Elizabeth I. She was the first queen to rule England by birthright.
Her younger half brother Edward VI succeeded their father and tried to have her removed from the line of succession because he thought she’d try to reverse the English Reformation and restore property to the Church, and she did attempt to do so. Parliament actually tried to name Lady Jane Grey as his successor when Edward VI died and Mary deposed her then had her beheaded.
Mary married Phillip of Spain in hopes of having a child that would keep Elizabeth off of the throne. however she died at age 42 without an heir from ovarian cysts or uterine cancer.

These socks feature cables and texture to create an easy to memorize pattern that was inspired by different textures from paintings of the Queen.

Materials Needed:

Yarn: 100 grams of fingering weight sock yarn

Yarn Shown:

Gynx Yarns Glitz Sock 438 yards 75% Wool/20% Nylon 5% Stellina in Dolled Up.

Needles: Size US 1 (2.25mm) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. 32 inch is recommended, but use the size that is the most comfortable for you.

Notions: Tapestry needle, cable needle, stitch marker (optional).


Women’s Small: 7-12 inches around.

Women’s Medium/Men’s Small : 8-13 inches around.

Women’s Large/Men’s Medium: 8.5-14 inches around.

Gauge: 8.5 stitches/inch using US 1 (2.25 mm) circular needle.

This pattern is written for magic loop, but can easily be changed to DPNs. Use 2 needles for N1, and another 2 for N2