Creme Brulee Socks by Lauren Rad

Creme Brulee Socks

October 2020
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
34 stitches and 41 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 380 yards (274 - 347 m)
S, M, L // 7” (18 cm), 8” (20 cm), 9” (23 cm)
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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This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit by a pool of at least ten testers.

There are few treats I’ve never been tempted to make for myself at home, but one of them is the elusive crème brûlée. Something about the finicky nature of custard, the little ramekins, and the involvement of a blow torch makes me just a little bit nervous, so I’ve decided to leave this one to the professionals.

But whenever I’m at a restaurant with crème brulee on the menu, well, you know what I’m ordering for dessert.

The warm, golden color and the texture of these socks reminded me of the perfect crispy crust on a crème brûlée. You’ll find that, unlike my favorite scorched treat, these socks aren’t fiddly at all, but instead have a simple four-row pattern repeat that looks much harder than it really is. Both the socks and the dessert, though, are highly satisfying.

S, M, L
Finished sock dimensions: 7” (18 cm), 8” (20 cm), 9” (23 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 Oink Pigments Targhee Sock, Heavy Fingering Weight, 100 g/400 yds, 90% USA Superwash Targhee/10% Nylon, 3-ply

4” (10 cm) square = 34 stitches x 41 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: wrapless short rows (tutorial included), increases, decreases, knitting in the round