Favourite Sock Variations by Emily Foden
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Favourite Sock Variations

Knitting
October 2018
both are used in this pattern
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
52 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in 3x1 Rib
US 1 - 2.25 mm
459 - 547 yards (420 - 500 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Finished circumference, relaxed: 14 (14.5, 16, 16.5, 17) cm / 5½ (5¾, 6¼, 6½, 6¾)”
All sample socks knit in size 1, measurements taken at cuff.

Yarn: Viola Sock (4 ply / fingering weight; 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 421 m / 460 yds per 100 g skein)

and / or

Viola Sock Minis (4 ply / fingering weight; 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon; 85 m / 93 yds per 20 g skein)
Note: For a pair, you will need a total of approximately 100 (105, 110, 115, 120) g or about 420 (440, 460, 480, 500) m / 460 (480, 505, 525, 550) yds

Shades:
Version A
C1: Giant Peach; 64 (66, 68, 73, 75) m / 70 (72, 75, 80, 83) yds
C2: Silver Birch; 315 (330, 347, 362, 379) m / 345 (360, 380, 395, 415) yds
C3: Eclipse; 42 (44, 46, 48, 51) m / 46 (48, 50, 53, 56) yds
Version B
C1: Eclipse; 42 (44, 46, 48, 51) m / 46 (48, 50, 53, 56) yds
C2: Spruce; 21 (22, 23, 24, 25) m / 23 (24, 25, 26, 27) yds
C3: Deep Earth; 315 (330, 347, 362, 379) m / 345 (360, 380, 395, 415) yds
Version C
C1: Eclipse; 126 (132, 139, 145, 151) m / 138 (145, 152, 159, 165) yds
C2: Fireside; 84 (88, 92, 97, 100) m / 92 (96, 101, 106, 110) yds
C3: Giant Peach; 126 (132, 139, 145, 151) m / 138 (145, 152, 159, 165) yds
Version D
C1: Fireside; 252 (265, 278, 290, 303) m / 276 (290, 304, 317, 332) yds
C2: Moonrock; 64 (66, 68, 73, 75) m / 70 (72, 75, 80, 83) yds
C3: Giant Peach; 64 (66, 68, 73, 75) m / 70 (72, 75, 80, 83) yds

Gauge: 52 sts & 52 rnds = 10 cm / 4” over 3x1 rib on 2.25 mm needles, after blocking
50 sts & 46 rnds = 10 cm / 4” over 1x1 rib on 2.25 mm needles, after blocking
Gauge measurements taken while fabric is completely relaxed.

Needles: 2.25 mm / US 1 knitting needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round.
Always use a needle size that will result in the correct gauge after blocking.

Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle for Version B, tapestry needle

Notes: This is an updated, improved, and expanded version of my original, Emily’s Favourite Socks Pattern. My Favourite Socks are very simple; I cannot take any credit for the original idea.

They’re knit from the cuff down in 3x1 ribbing, with a classic heel flap and short row heel. I love to play around with adding contrasting heels, toes and stripes to each pair and have added 4 variations to the original 3x1 rib to provide a few different options for stitch pattern and placement. This updated version of the pattern also includes two additional sizes.

When choosing a size, keep in mind that the sock must be able to stretch over your heel and not just your ankle or foot and that tight socks make for cold feet! I prefer that my socks fit with about ¼” positive ease, but these socks will fit comfortably ranging from ½” negative ease to ½” positive ease. I like to err on the larger side, so that I don’t have to wrestle into my socks every day.

Please note that each version fit with slightly different ease. 1x1 ribbing makes for the most elastic leg, while the cable pattern in Version B creates the tightest fit, and stretches the least.
Notes in pattern indicate when to change colours for each version, but these are only guidelines. Please experiment with amount of colours and placement of stripes - the options are endless!