Amicus Socks by Lauren Rad

Amicus Socks

April 2021
Sweet Sparrow Yarns Swift
yarn held together
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 380 yards (274 - 347 m)
S, M, L; finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference
low vision format available
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This pattern includes a second PDF version that is formatted for knitters with low vision. It has black text, size 22 or larger text in a sans serif font, no italics, no columns, and fully-written directions. The chart is still included but is not needed to work the pattern. Many thanks to Gemma Thompson (gemmabelle here on Rav) and the Accessible Patterns group for their guidance in formatting patterns in a more accessible way.

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amicus (n) – from the Latin for “friend”

One thing that helps me get through day-to-day life is the support of good friends. Friends can help cheer you up when you’re feeling down, give wise advice, comfort you when you’re scared or sad, and rejoice with you when things go well. I wish you deep, sustaining friendships that nourish you in the coming years.

And a good pair of socks can be friends of a sort, too. They’ll keep your feet snug on cold nights, provide soft comfort when you need it, and help protect you from chafing and blisters. These socks, with their dancing eyelets and simple cables, are a feast of cozy details meant to comfort and warm you. With their simple stitch repeat (just ten stitches and six rows), these socks are also an easily-memorized pattern you can take anywhere with you.

S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)

Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Sweet Sparrow Yarns Swift, 80% SW merino, 20% nylon, 400 yds (366 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)

4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette

One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends


Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round