Fill In The Blank Socks by Lynne Lounsbury

Fill In The Blank Socks

November 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 11.5 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
S, M, L
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This toe-up sock design with a slip-stitch heel allows you to choose from five different pattern options for the top of the foot and the leg of the sock—or substitute a pattern of your own over the required number of stitches. (And you can always choose plain old Stockinette stitch if you like!) Simply “fill in the blank” in the sock instructions with the name of your chosen stitch pattern.

Sizes: S(M,L); approximately 7(8,9)” circumference, unstretched (may vary depending on stitch pattern chosen)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Yarn: 100 grams of fingering-weight sock yarn, such as Regia, Trekking XXL, Supersocke, Berroco Sox, or Opal
Needles: U.S. size 1 (2.25mm) needles (DPNs, 32” or longer circular for magic loop, or 8” to 9” circular), or size needed for gauge listed below
Notions: Stitch marker(s), darning or tapestry needle
Gauge: 8 sts x 11½ rows = 1” in Stockinette stitch
(gauge in other stitch patterns will vary depending upon stitch pattern selected)

Purple & Black striped socks show Garter Rib stitch pattern.
The two faux Fair Isle socks are plain stockinette.
The swatch at the bottom shows a sample of all five stitch patterns. From bottom to top:

  • Garter Rib
  • Seeded Rib
  • Checkerboard
  • Diagonal Purls
  • Slip-Twist