Basic Doodle Socks by Jamie Lomax

Basic Doodle Socks

May 2023
Light Fingering ?
36 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in colorwork
US 2 - 2.75 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 560 yards (320 - 512 m)
Adult Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)
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THE BASIC DOODLE SOCKS This sock pattern is worked in the round, from the top down. It begins with a ribbed cuff, then a section of “doodle” colorwork, then a short row heel using wrap and turn, before finishing with similar colorwork along the foot, and basic shaping for the toe.

This is a Doodle Series Pattern, which means it includes micro charts intended to be used as mix-and-match colorwork motifs throughout the project. This “basic doodle” uses simple, everyday motifs that can go with anything for the perfect sock!

The Basic Doodle includes 26 unique charts.


Adult Small (Medium, Large, X-Large)


Foot Circumference: 6.5 (8, 9.25, 10.5) in 16.5 (20, 23, 27) cm Measurements taken after blocking.

Socks are intended to fit with negative ease, however colorwork is also less stretchy than stockinette. Choose a size with a approx. 0.5 in 1.25 cm negative ease based on actual foot circumference to ensure a snug finished fit.

The length of the cuff, leg, and foot are customizable by working more or less of the colorwork charts.


Any standard sock or light fingering weight yarn.

Sample uses Cedar House Yarns Sapling Sock 75% Superwash Merino / 25% Nylon; 463 yards 423 m
Colors: Straw (cream) and Ink (black)

Yardage listed as approximate total yards per size, for two socks, due to the variable nature of this pattern.

  • 350 (425, 490, 560) yards 320 (388, 448, 512) m
  • Approx. 1 skein main color and 2-3 accent colors


Main Fabric: US 2/2.75 mm or size needed to obtain gauge
Cuff/Heel/Toe: US 1/2.25 mm or size smaller than gauge
DPNs, magic loop, or 8 in 20 cm short circular needles


36 sts and 36 rnds per 4 in 10 cm in colorwork
40 sts and 40 rnds per 4 in 10 cm in stockinette (heel/toe)


2-4 Stitch markers (one in different color)
Scissors & Tapestry needle


Special techniques include stranded colorwork in the round, short row heel using wrap & turn method, toe shaping, and grafting.


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