Star Trek Socks
Important note: I updated the pattern pdf on 12/2/2010 to correct a miscalculation. I updated the pattern pdf again on 2/6/2012 to correct instep striping. Please download the new version! If the pattern is in your library, I believe you need to click on “update pattern” to get the new version. Please be nice and understanding about this. Since it’s a free pattern, I didn’t have anyone tech edit it. If you contact me with any errors, I’m more than happy to fix them.
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Important Pattern Information:
If you have not done stranded knitting before, this may not be the pattern for you. It is not a beginner’s project. Stranded knitting on a sock is much less forgiving than, say, on a hat.
Knit LOOSELY, especially if you have not done stranded knitting before. There is a definite tendency for people to knit too tightly, which means the sock will not have any stretch. You can test this by knitting a couple of inches of pattern and then seeing if the sock stretches. Compare to the stretch of another hand knit sock to see if it’s comparable.
Did I mention stretch? It is very important. These socks are designed to use stretch to fit well. They should fit your ankles, but stretch to accommodate your calf. Without a good amount of natural stretch from the knitting, this will not happen.
When you are done, please do block your socks. This evens things out and relaxes the yarn a bit. They will look a lot better. If you don’t have a sock form, you can just block them flat.
For an easier sock, just knit the Star Trek pattern on the cuff. When you reach the heel, discontinue the pattern and just knit in black. It will go a LOT faster, and people will mainly just see the cuff…
About the pattern:
I grew up watching Star Trek and I’ve spent a good portion of my life going to sci-fi/fantasy conventions. Last year a friend and I taught a geek knitting workshop at one, after which I was inspired to work up a pattern for Star Trek socks. Here’s what I came up with. Enjoy!