The Man in the Brown Suit by Maureen Foulds

The Man in the Brown Suit

September 2013
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large
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Inspired by the novel The Man in the Brown Suit, by Agatha Christie, these socks offer classic moss stitch ribbing with a dash of cabled elegance. Suitable for a man or a woman, these socks provide an uncomplicated knit, with just enough variety to keep your interest.

The Man in the Brown Suit, at least in the novel, is mysterious, adventurous, independent, strong and loyal. We should all have a Man in a Brown Suit in our lives. Even if we have to knit it ourselves.

E-book Details:
This pattern is part of an e-book series, The Agatha Christie Series, Volume 1.

This e-book represents a savings over purchasing the patterns separately.

The pattern instructions are provided for four sizes, small, medium, large and extra-large. Where the instructions differ, the instructions for the larger sizes are provided in brackets ( ).

Charts and written instructions are provided. Cuff down and toe-up versions of the pattern are provided.

Sizes: Small, (medium, large, extra large), with an 7.75” (8.5, 9.5, 10.5”) circumference, lightly blocked.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner.


  • Approximately 407-450 yards (372-411m) of Sheepy Time Knits Corrie sock yarn (1 skein= 407yd/372m per 3oz/100g), or similar.
  • 1 set of 5 US #1 (2.25 mm double-point needles, or size needles required to obtain gauge. This pattern will look best in tonal or solid colors so as not to obscure the pattern.
  • Tapestry needle

Shown in Sheepy Time Knits Corrie sock fingering sock yarn (407yd/100g).

Large sample sock used approximately 46 g (187 yards/171 m) per sock. Sample knit with a 1.5” cuff, 6” leg (to the heel flap) and a 6”foot before starting the toe.)

Pattern notes:
The instructions reference the sole and instep stitches rather than specifying needles, allowing you to use your preferred method (4 or 5 needles, magic loop, 2 circular needles). If you wish to add length to the leg of the sock, add the appropriate number of pattern repeats and adjust your yarn requirements accordingly.