Riverbed Socks by Teresa Seasons

Riverbed Socks

August 2012
DK (11 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Twisted stocking stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
310 - 400 yards (283 - 366 m)
Average and large cuff, average and short foot
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There was a major pattern update as of August 31 2017, with the following changes:

  1. Design change to improve the look of the heels and insteps.
  2. Instructions added for a second toe shaping option.
  3. All charts have been standardised.
  4. Instructions have been simplified.
  5. I’ve added full written instructions. You no longer need to be an expert chart reader to complete these socks!
  6. All charts and written instructions have been formatted for ease of use on a tablet, whether you use Knit Companion or a PDF reader. This includes proper alignment on the page for two-at-a-time knitters.

I’m celebrating this update with a KAL, beginning September 19 2017. Come join in the fun in my group TGail Designs (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/tgail-designs).


Based on the lace pattern from the wonderful Hands of Blue gloves by Lucy Hague, Riverbed flows from cuff to toes. These socks feature patterned heels and a strong texture. Like the original gloves, they are knit snugly in order to show off the lace pattern. They look best in a solid, semi-solid or tonal yarn.

Level: Intermediate.

Skills Required: Pattern assumes basic knowledge of top-down sock construction, twisted stitches (both knit and purl), increases, and decreases.

Instruction Type: Fully charted and fully written. Formatted for ease of use by two-at-a-time knitters, and tablet users.

Construction: Top down, heel flap and gusset, grafted toe. Two toe shaping options are provided. The pattern is written generically so as to accommodate all small circumference techniques: dpns/ magic loop/ 2 circulars, both one at a time and two at a time.

Yarn: The pattern is written for all weights of yarn: fingering, sport, and dk. Go crazy and make one in each weight!

Needles: Size required depends on yarn weight used. 2.5/2.75 mm for fingering, 2.75/3.00 mm for sport, 3.00/3.5 mm for dk.

Size: Mix and match cuff size and foot length to get the perfect fit. The cuff has both a 60-stitch (small) and a 72-stitch (large) option, and the foot has both an average (U.S. size 7 ½) and a short option. Guidance is provided to help you choose the correct size combination.

Yardage: Yarn requirements vary depending on the weight of yarn used and the sizing options chosen. For the 60-stitch option in average foot length, allow 355 yds. DK weight, 330 yds sport weight, or 320 yds fingering weight. Longer feet and/or 72-stitch cuff will require more yarn, so plan accordingly.

This pattern has been thoroughly tested. I am very grateful to the people who took time to test the socks and pattern. Your comments, questions, and feedback were invaluable.