This snugly-fitting ribbed sock design grew from a shortage of fine-gauge sock patterns. I was working with Trekking XXL to make a pair of socks for my sworn-brother Michael. When I swatched on size 0 needles, I got an gauge of 45 stitches to 4 inches - somewhat incredible, since most of the sock patterns I’ve seen are written for more like 32 stitches to 4 inches. I decided that I would just design my own pattern for this fine yarn, and I called it “Brother’s Socks.”
After I knit the same pattern in a slightly smaller size for myself, they were given a new name - “Sibling Socks” - and I am pleased to be able to share the pattern in both sizes! The ribbing means these would be great gift socks even if you don’t know your recipient’s exact width, since it will stretch to accommodate his or her foot.
SIZE: M [L] (blue colorway #71 shown in size L, brown colorway #90 in size M)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: To fit a foot that’s 8.25 [9.5] inches around at widest point.
YARN: Trekking XXL [75% wool, 25% nylon; 100g/459 yards] or any other light fingering weight yarn to get gauge. I needed 1.25 balls of Trekking to knit the larger size, because they’d been requested with longer legs. You could probably get away with only one ball if you make the leg shorter or if you have smaller feet. I made the leg shorter on the smaller size, and had plenty of yarn left over.
GAUGE: 45 sts/42 rounds = 4″ in stockinette stitch
AND ALSO: five US 0/2mm double-point needles and a stitch marker.
Version 2 was uploaded on May 31, 2010, with a clarification to knit to the end of Needle 1 before grafting the stitches together.
Version 3 was uploaded on October 19, 2010, correcting instructions to knit across where it should have been ribbed stitches.
The Sibling Sock Knitting Pattern by Knitting Pirate is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License. You may make copies for your own personal use, but you may not sell copies of the pattern. You may sell the socks you make provided that credit is given to the Knitting Pirate for the design. If you have any questions about what you can or can’t do with this pattern, please feel free to contact the Knitting Pirate.