Against the Grain Socks by Kino Knits

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 44 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

Social Media
Please post your finished socks on social media with #AgainstTheGrainSocks and #KinoKnits. Please also tag @kinoknits.

The .pdf download for this pattern is correct.

If you received this pattern hard-copy as part of the June 2018 Yarn Crush box, the paper pattern included some errata, as follows (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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