Sun Valley Socks by Karin Aida

Sun Valley Socks

January 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
30 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 2 - 2.75 mm
360 - 400 yards (329 - 366 m)
Women's Medium
This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

This makes a great summer sock. The stitch pattern is mosaic, so it makes the socks interesting without adding the thickness of stranded knitting. Plus the yarn is nice and cool, but retains its shape and stitch definition no matter how hot it gets.

Mosaic is one of the great, underappreciated color-work techniques. It looks like a lot of work, but only one color is worked at a time, and the pattern is created simply by slipping stitches, so it is actually very easy. If you pair a variegated yarn with a contrasting solid, mosaic knitting can really show off the colors without looking too busy.

This particular mosaic stitch pattern is adapted from one of the many patterns in Barbara Walker’s Mosaic Knitting.

This pattern uses a simple chart, and the size can be altered by changing needle size. Step-by-step instructions for the short-row heel are given, although a flap heel can easily be substituted.

This pattern has not been test-knit.

ETA: If you want to print off this pattern and give it to someone else without asking me first, that is fine with me (if you sell someone the pattern, I would be mad that you’d rip someone off like that…). I also believe that you have the right to sell any item that you make from this pattern, so if you make these socks and want to sell them, it’s your hard work - please go ahead and do so.

All my sock patterns are free, and will remain so. This is because, periodically, people come along and take patters, rewrite them (barely), and then try to sell them. I like to make it hard for those people to sell patterns, by keeping the free version available. And I like that I can count on Ravelers to point out when free patterns are being rewritten and sold, so thank you all.

Since these are free patterns, I offer no pattern support. Zero. None. If you want help, please ask on any forum - there are lots of people out there who love helping others. If you message me asking me to explain, rewrite, resize, or redesign any of my patterns for you, do not expect a reply.