Starry Night Socks by Riin Gill
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Starry Night Socks

July 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches
in starry chart
US 2 - 2.75 mm
350 yards (320 m)
Women's M (leg circumference 8", foot circumference 7.5")
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Socks use approx. 240 yds Cobalt and 110 yds Vincent.


basic knitting skills (casting on, knit and purl stitch, basic
increases and decreases, binding off)

knowledge of basic sock construction

knitting in the round

knitting on double-pointed needles

reading charts

stranded colorwork techniques

kitchener stitch


One of my favorite paintings is Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. I thought it would be fun to interpret it in sock form. The socks don’t really look at all like the painting, but they still remind me of it.

You will need to pay attention to the chart while you’re knitting these; it’s not a pattern you can memorize. There are some long stretches between colors, and you need to catch the floats loosely so the socks still stretch.

This pattern has been professionally tech edited by Amanda Rawls (KettleAndString).


The fabric is fairly firm. The sock doesn’t stretch much when you’re pulling it on over your heel, but it will be comfortable when you’re wearing it.