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January 2013
DK (11 wpi) ?
US 2½ - 3.0 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
219 - 273 yards (200 - 250 m)
one size fits noone - explanations to adapt sizes are given
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

The Rugby knee-high skiing socks were named after their bold colorblock stripes rather than the sport. They‘ll keep your toes (and ankles, and calfs) warm and toasty no matter the sport—even if you prefer sitting on the sofa watching others do the actual moving…

The socks (or rather stockings) are knit toe up in order to make the most of the yarn. I used cicular needles in the magic-loop technique, but feel free to use dpns if you feel more comfortable. The pattern assumes you have knit a sock before, just no knee-highs. For questions about actual techniques please refer to a search engine or help forum or a knitter of your liking.

A simple 2/2 rib pattern with a short-row heel and calf-shaping, the pattern is far from „exotic“ or even difficult, but I wanted to share my experience in „unventing“ these. Ribbed knee-highs seemed „too simple“ to have a pattern in Ravelry when I looked for it…and I know increase in ribbing can seem daunting. I chose to increase to both sides from a central rib at the back of the calf by inserting alternately new purl and knit ribs.

For the colorblock stripes you need two balls of each color. Note that MC needs slightly more yarn than CC—if you want identical stockings rather than color-reversed (as shown), you better have one ball of MC in reserve. Of course, feel free to make up your own stripes or include more (or less) colors…)

The pattern is free to download, knit and share. You can knit as many socks as you like and keep them or give them away to family, friends, strangers or charity. You are not allowed to sell the pattern or the finished hats unless you want to donate the money received to charity.
Note also:
I am not a native speaker of English. If you find my wording strange or my grammar incorrect, please contact me. Likewise, if you find a mistake in the pattern. I‘ll then try to improve the pattern. Thank you!