Firre Socks by Joanna Ignatius

Firre Socks

November 2018
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in measured over St st
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
448 yards (410 m)
S (M, L) to fit circumference: 20.5-21.5 (22-23, 24-25) cm with negative ease
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The Firre-socks are worked cuff down or toe up. The cuff down version has a reinforced heel flap, the toe up version has Fleegle heel. The traditional Shetland Fir Cone lace pattern continues to the instep and the stitch pattern can be worked from written instructions or from charts.

Firre is Old Norse and means fir. Firre-socks feature traditional Shetland Fir Cone lace pattern.

The pattern is written for magic loop, but can easily be modified for double pointed needles. Needle A refers to instep stitches and needle B to sole stitches. On Knit Now magazine the pattern is only for cuff down and written for DPN’s.

The lace pattern is not particularly stretchy, so if you are a tight knitter, it is advisable to go up with needle size for the leg.


S (M, L)/ 56 (64, 72) sts
Note – size M/ 64 sts has 65 sts for the foot.
To fit circumference: 20.5-21.5 (22-23, 24-25) cm/ 8-8.5 (8.5-9, 9.5-10) inches


100 g of fingering weight yarn, app. 420 m (440 yds)/ 100g. The sample socks were knitted with Cygnet Truly Wool Rich 4 ply in colourway 547 Mustard, 205 m/ 224 yds per 50g.

Needles & notions

80 cm/ 32 inches long or longer 2.75 mm/ US 2 circular needle or to meet the gauge
tapestry needle for weaving in ends


32 sts x 44 rows = 10 x 10 cm/ 4 x 4 inches in stockinette stitch after blocking.

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