Sirri Socks by Lucinda Guy

Sirri Socks

December 2014
Sirri 3 ply
Aran (8 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 21 rows = 4 inches
in measured over pattern (knitted in the round)
US 6 - 4.0 mm
540 - 720 yards (494 - 658 m)
Small/Medium and Medium/Large
This pattern is available from for £4.00.

Inspired by traditional Faroese skóleistur (knitted slipper-like wool
socks that were usually patterned and double thick), these cheerful, warm and woolly Sirri socks are designed for both men and women. Beautifully thick and cosy these socks will make ideal and much appreciated gifts for any festive occasion.

These Sirri Socks can be made longer (or shorter), by simply increasing (or reducing), the number of charted pattern repeats and increasing (or reducing), the number of plain rounds knitted before the toe is shaped.An ‘in-between’ size can be made by
following the same pattern but using a half size larger needle – the tension will be very slightly looser and the sock just that little bit roomier. Achieve the perfect fit by working the heel and trying the sock on for size before you complete the foot and toe.

Of course the Sirri Socks can easily be made as leg warmers by simply omitting to mark and knit the heel and finishing with a short matching rib.

The Sirri Socks are knitted in an Aran weight (4 Medium) pure wool yarn that knits up to a tension of 20 sts and 21 rnds = 10 cm (4 in). They can be made in two sizes — Small/Medium (22 cm (8¾ in) foot circumference and 42 cm (16¾ in) total length), and Medium/Large (26 cm (10½ in) foot circumference and 46 cm (18¼ in) total length). They require 3 (165 m (180 yd)/100 g 3½ oz) skeins in 3 different colours as well as a small amount of a fourth colour to complete.

The Sirri socks are knitted in the round with five needles, from the top down with a short, striped ribbed cuff, an easy to work traditional Baltic pattern, peasant (or ‘after thought’) heel and a wedge toe. The simple charted pattern is worked using the stranded or Fair Isle technique.