Herding Cats Socks by Stone Knits

Herding Cats Socks

Knitting
January 2023
Light Fingering ?
34 stitches and 38 rows = 4 inches
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
394 - 437 yards (360 - 400 m)
1 (2, 3)
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Whether you want to make these socks dedicated to every cat you have ever met (like my pair!) or to honour just one special feline friend, these socks are so much fun to knit and wear. And totally purrrfect for using up any little scrap sock yarn leftovers. I wanted to create a sock pattern that we could all knit to show our love and dedication to our cats, whether they are still with us (probably demanding a snack right now) or no longer here and are waiting for us to join them over the rainbow bridge.

These socks are perfect for wearing when outside trying to herd your cats in for dinner, or for snuggling with your cat (if they´ll allow it!) on the sofa. Knit from the top down with a ribbed cuff, these socks have a no wrap short row heel and a stranded colourwork pattern throughout the leg and foot.

Sizing
1 (2, 3)
To fit (foot circumference): 19-20.5 (21.5–23.5, 25.5–27.5) cm / 8 (9, 10½) inches
Finished circumference: 17.5 (20, 24.5) cm / 7 (8, 9½) inches
Recommended ease: Approximately 2.5cm (1 inch) of negative ease. For your foot circumference, measure around the widest part of your foot.
Further sizes can be achieved by going up or down a needle size.
Leg/foot length can be easily adjusted. See instructions for details.
Sample shown is knit in size 2 for shoe size US 8.5 (EU 39, UK 6), foot circumference 22.5cm (8 ¾ inches).

MATERIALS
Yarn - Light Fingering weight 4ply sock yarn
Lang Yarns - Jawoll sock yarn. 75% Virgin wool superwash, 25% Nylon. 210m / 230 yds per 50g.

Any fingering weight sock yarn can be used for this sock pattern, as long as you can obtain the same gauge.

Shown in:
MC: Acqua 372. Lang Yarns Jawoll sock yarn.
Approx 50g (60g, 65g), 210m / 230 yds (252m / 275 yds, 273m / 299 yds)
CC: Various scrap sock yarn from stash. Approx 5g per set of cats if you choose to knit different colour cats or 35g, 147m / 160yds in total for the pair of socks.

Needles
For ribbing and stockinette all sizes: 2.25mm (US 1), 80cm (32 inch) circular for magic loop, or DPNs, or two circulars or a 23cm (9 inch) circular needle as preferred.

For colourwork size 1: 2.75mm (US 2), 80cm (32 inch) circular for magic loop, or DPNs, or two circulars or a 23cm (9 inch) circular needle as preferred.

For colourwork size 2 and 3: 2.5mm (US 1.5), 80cm (32 inch) circular for magic loop, or DPNs, or two circulars or a 23cm (9inch) circular needle as preferred.

Important note: Do check your gauge for fitting. Further sizes can be achieved by going up or down needle sizes.

Gauge
32 sts x 36 rnds = 10cm (4 inches) for colourwork size 1.
34 sts x 38 rnds = 10cm (4 inches) for colourwork size 2 and 3.
36 sts x 44 rnds = 10cm (4 inches) for ribbing and stockinette all sizes.

This pattern includes a video tutorial I made for the short row heel section. Herding cats sock has been test knitted in all sizes and tech edited by Hen in a Glen tech editing services. It has also been throroughly approved by cats….