Damson Gin socks by Ambrose Smith

Damson Gin socks

by Ambrose Smith
December 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 442 yards (274 - 404 m)
S, M, L
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Miss Marple isn’t, despite what one might expect, a teetotaler, and she enjoys a tipple of liqueur occasionally. These socks are an homage to the scene in the BBC television production of 4:50 from Paddington in which Miss Marple and her friend Mrs McGillicuddy conspire to find a body on the estate of Rutherford Hall—with the aid of a nip of Damson Gin.

The all-over dots, or “damsons”, give the socks some texture, while the picot edged cuff gives these socks a feminine finishing touch. They are knit toe up, with a short row heel. The picot edge is created from a folded cuff, that is ribbed on the inside for elasticity, and sewn down on the inside.

Quince and Co. Finch, 2 skeins in the “Damson” colorway

2.25mm/US 1 needles or whatever size needed to get gauge
Either a long circular needle for magic loop, a set of double pointed needles, or an small circumference circular needle will work with this pattern.

8 stitches x 12 rows = 1in or 2.5cm

Size is based on circumference, not length.To stay on your foot, socks need negative ease. Pick a size about 1 inch or 2.5cm less than the circumference of your ankle/foot. The length is adjustable.
S: 7in or 18cm
M: 8in or 20cm
L: 9in or 23cm


  1. Stitch markers
  2. Darning/Tapestry needle

Skill Level
Advanced beginner or Intermediate

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