Downtown Socks Mystery KAL by Lori Law

Downtown Socks Mystery KAL

October 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 12 rows = 1 inch
in stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
8 to 11" circumference; 9" to 11" footlength (adjustable)
This pattern is available for C$3.25 CAD buy it now


DETAILS : These socks are UNISEX.
Available in multiple leg sizes from 7.5 to 11” (5 size options for circumference) and foot sizes from 9 - 11” (length is adjustable).
FUN FACT : The general pattern, due to its nature, is slightly different for each size! So although the pattern will be recognizable between sizes, it is not 100% identical for each size.
FUN FACT#2 : The heel is knit in the round! So you have no stitches to pick up along the heel flap for the arches. For another sock pattern utilizing this technique, see the Jangles Socks. :)

We’re doing a sock knit-along! It’s a MYSTERY sock KAL, so the pattern will be available as a series of clues!

For the duration of the KAL, the pattern will be available at 50% off.

Clues will start Oct 1 and will be released weekly. Full pattern will be released in November.

Oceanwind Knits Ravelry Group -

Facebook -

We will continue the KAL into November so folks have a chance to finish their socks and post photos to be eligible for prizes. (YES, PRIZES!).

YARN : one 115g/4 oz skein of fingering weight yarn (largest size might require more than one skein; estimated yardage for largest size is 400 yds). It’s possible to work a shorter leg or add contrasting toes to stretch one skein if required.

Yarn used in sample is SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in colourway Rainbow Sprinkles. Gauge is 8 sts and 12 rows per inch. Top-down, knit in the round.

NEEDLES : General needle size suggested is 2.25mm circular or DPNs as you would regularly use for your preferred method of knitting socks in the round.

GOOD TO KNOW : You will need 6 stitch markers once you get to creating the heel. 2 stitch markers for the leg/foot.

For best results, a yarn that is not overly crazy busy (highly contrasted variegated, for example) will work best. Speckles are fine, bright colours are fine, plain tones are fine, quietly variegated is fine. However, if you really really love high contrast variegated yarns for socks, give it a go! The textured pattern will not be as obviously apparent, but it’s also a simpler pattern so it might look great.


  • there will be PRIZES. :)
  • it’s a knit/purl textured pattern (no lace)
  • the heel is ‘different’ (and fun and fits well)
  • it has some nifty features, like a running pattern down the back of the heel -- the pattern uses combination of charts and knitted instructions; written instructions will also be provided.
  • there will be PRIZES. :)

Twisted German cast-on (or other stretchy cast-on), knitting in the round, knit, purl, increase, decrease, kitchenered toe. If this is your first sock, I believe there will be enough information in the pattern and also in the KALs to guide you through, however, the pattern would not be labeled as a beginner sock pattern.