Teasel by Jane Burns


October 2015
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
320 - 340 yards (293 - 311 m)
S/M, M/L
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Inspired by a recent trip to Scotland, driving through the beautiful landscapes being mesmerised by the gorgeous heathers and teasels, gently swaying in the breeze. The colours, the shapes….

Curving lines of twisted stitches form stylised flowerheads on these pretty socks which are deceptively easy to knit. Using only basic decreases and yarn overs. The stitch pattern flows neatly down from the twisted rib cuff, and continues along the front of the foot; the design includes a slip stitch heel flap.

This pattern contains both charted and written instructions.

I chose a beautiful handpainted sock yarn for this design. The yarn, from Old Maiden Aunt, is a blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon, and is perfect for making yourself a pair of sock, indulgent socks.


  • S/M - to fit foot circumference 22.5cm (9”); actual circumference 20cm (8”)
  • M/L - to fit foot circumference 29cm (11.5”); actual circumference 26.5cm (10.5”)