Curio Socks by Andrea Mowry

Curio Socks

November 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch in the round knit with the Main Fabric needle, after blocking.
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
77 - 500 yards (70 - 457 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8)[9, 10, 11]
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I’ve been wanting a go-to sock pattern to use with my handspun, which inspired these Curio socks! If you don’t spin yarn yourself, any color shifting or self-striping yarn would be very fun to use, and the pattern works equally as well with solids, or to use up odds & ends from previous projects!

These socks are knit from the toe up with an afterthought heel. The pattern recommends magic loop, but you can swap in double pointed needles if that feels better for you!

This pattern includes a Bonus PDF if you want to knit your socks inside out (like my mint & pink sample)!!

1 (2, 3, 4, 5)(6, 7, 8)(9, 10, 11)
To fit:
Baby (Toddler, Children - S, M, L)(Women - S, M, L)Men - S, M, L
This pattern is gender neutral, with “Women” and “Men” only being used to signify the correlating shoe size.

Foot circumference: 4.5 (5.5, 5.5, 6.5, 6.5)(6.5, 7.5, 8.5)7.5, 8.5, 9.5
11.5 (14, 14, 16.5, 16.5)(16.5, 19, 21.5)19, 21.5, 24 cm
Recommended fit is 0-1”/0-2.5 cm of negative ease in circumference (when measured at the widest part of the foot).

These are approx. for total yarn used per pair. Sock yarn can vary drastically from brand to brand and the amount will vary depending on foot length and if you decide to play with contrast heels, toes, stripes, etc.
Main Color (MC) - Fingering Weight (100 g/421 yd/385 m)
13 (21, 31, 34, 44)(45, 55, 66)58, 69, 81 g
51 (84, 121, 136, 175)(180, 219, 261)232, 275, 322 yds
Contrast Color (CC) - Sport Weight (50 g/200 yd/183 m)
7 (11, 15, 17, 22)(23, 28, 33)29, 35, 41 g
26 (42, 61, 68, 88)(90, 110, 131)116, 138, 161 yds

For these socks I personally knit up 3 different pairs, trying 4 different yarns. I think any strong, fingering weight yarn would work great! The inspiration for the socks was to see how different styles of spinning my handspun would knit up, but if you are not a spinner then Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool is a great substitute to create that color shifting effect! For a strong nylon/superwash blend I really enjoyed using Purls Before Wine Robusta and I think it would be great if you are gifting these socks as the care would be a bit easier for the recipient. My favorite non-superwash option is Retrosaria Mondim, especially the lovely hues dyed up by La Bien Aimée!

SAMPLE 1 (Dark Teal & Mint):
MC - La Bien Aimee Mondim - 100% Portuguese Wool (100 g/421 yd/385 m) - 1 skein Emeline (Dark Teal)
CC - Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool - 100% Superwashed American Wool (50 g/200 yd/183 m) - 1 skein The Meadows (Minty greens)

SAMPLE 2 (White & Orange/Purple/Turquoise):
MC - Retrosaria Mondim - 100% Portuguese Wool (100 g/421 yd/385 m) - 1 skein Natural
CC - Handspun

SAMPLE 3 (Mint & Pinks/Purples):
MC - Purls Before Wine Robusta 75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon (100 g/415 yds/379 m) - 1 skein So Fresh & So Green, Green! (pale mint)
CC - Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool - 100% Superwashed American Wool (50 g/200 yd/183 m) - 1 skein Cloud 9 (pinks)

Main: US 1.5/2.5 mm - 32”/80 cm circular for Magic Loop
Ribbing: US 1/2.25 mm - 32”/80 cm circular for Magic Loop
(Use the needle size you need to achieve gauge.)

Removable/clip marker, smooth waste yarn for Afterthought heel and lifelines, tapestry needle, row counter (recommended) and scissors.

32 sts & 48 rounds = 4” / 10 cm
Measured over stockinette stitch in the round using Main needle, after blocking.

Turkish Cast on
Turkish Cast on Purlwise (if knitting the inside out version)
Slipping stitches
Afterthought heel
Kitchener stitch
Binding off

Click here to be directed to a pdf with some yarn substitution ideas! These yarns have not all been tested, so we can not guarantee their outcome, but we do hope they provide a jumping off point for inspiration!