Against the Grain Socks by Kino Knits
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Against the Grain Socks

June 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
XS (S, M, L) to fit 6 (7, 8, 9)"/15 (18, 20, 23) cm foot circumference
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Calling all intrepid beginning sock knitters! Using a basic top-down, heel-flap-and-gusset construction, the Against the Grain socks are the perfect blend of easy but interesting knitting. Using just knits and purls, you can take your basic vanilla socks up a notch to create visually compelling zigzags that look great on men or women. The pattern includes charts easy enough for anyone to follow with written instructions as a safety net if needed.

Knitting in the round, simple knits and purls

Sizes (to fit foot circumference):

  • XS: 6”/15 cm
  • S: 7”/18 cm
  • M: 8”/20 cm
  • L: 9”/23 cm

Sample shown in Size M.

Yarn (includes 15% buffer):

  • XS: 300 yards/275 m
  • S: 325 yards/300 m
  • M: 350 yards/320 m
  • L: 400 yards/365 m

Sample shown in Sweet Paprika Designs Allegretto (70% SW merino, 20% bamboo, 10% nylon), 450 yds/366 m per 115 g, colorway Aurora

Blocked Gauge:
32 stitches and 4 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stockinette in the round


  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

US 1 (2.25-mm) needles for knitting socks, or size needed to obtain gauge

Purchasers will find two files included in the download.

“Kino Knits Against the Grain Socks” is the most up-to-date version, with all known errata corrected.

“Yarn Crush Against the Grain Socks” is a .pdf of the paper pattern included in the June 2018 Yarn Crush box. This version includes some errata that cannot be corrected on the .pdf and are therefore summarized below.

ERRATA in “Yarn Crush Against the Grain Socks” .pdf (errors corrected in bold):

Yarn: Sweet Paprika Designs Allegretto (70% SW merino, 20% bamboo, 10% nylon), 410 yds/375 m per 115 g, colorway Aurora

Section 6 (Foot Setup):
Sl1, K6 (7, 8, 9), PM for new start of round.

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