"Shake It Up" Socks by Maria Do Souto

"Shake It Up" Socks

December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches = 1 inch
in Stocking stitch in Fair Isle pattern
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 2 - 2.75 mm
601 - 656 yards (550 - 600 m)
Adult mid-calf socks in various sizes.
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This is a fun Fair Isle sock pattern that is sure to be your solution to “second sock syndrome”, as your socks can all be exciting and unique. Use your scraps of sock yarn or mini-skeins…who says that socks have to match?!

This pattern includes directions for knitting various size adult socks, using sock (fingering) weight yarn.

1 skein (350 meters) of Ancient Arts Socknato sock yarn (main color) and about 200 meters of various contrasting colors should be sufficient to complete one pair of socks.

Ancient Arts Socknato colorways used in the pattern photos are:

  • Fortuitous (MC)
  • Sweet Sensation (CC)
  • Sagebrush (CC)
  • Flamboyant (CC)
  • Fog Warning (CC)
  • Lime Margarita (CC)
  • Swashbuckle (CC)

These socks are worked from the top down starting with a ribbed cuff. The leg and foot portion are charted and are worked using a stranded colorwork technique. The pattern includes instructions for a short-row heel and standard shaped toe which is finished using the Kitchener grafting stitch.

Please keep in mind that there are differences in the finished fabric characteristics for Fair Isle (stranded) socks:

  • The finished fabric is thicker and requires more yarn than basic single-stranded socks.
  • The finished fabric has less stretch ability, therefore gauge is extremely important for this project.
  • You may require larger needles and more cast on stitches compared to single-stranded socks, in order obtain the proper fit.

A Gauge Guide has been included in this pattern.