High Desert Socks by Lindsey Fowler

High Desert Socks

February 2020
yarn held together
+ Fingering
= DK (11 wpi) ?
23 stitches and 32 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 3 - 3.25 mm
232 - 706 yards (212 - 646 m)
Child Sm, Child Med, Child Lg, Adult XS, Adult Sm, Adult Med, Adult Lg
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When I was designing High Desert, I wanted to create my perfect boot sock for the whole family. Not only did I want it to be sized to fit my boys and my husband, but I wanted it to be a great stash buster. This sock utilizes finger held double. The marling makes it extremely versatile and you will have so much fun mix, matching and marling to use up sock sets and scraps and create truly unique socks for all your loved ones. The finished socks are thick, squishy and very wearable for lounging and hiking.

These socks are named after the western Oregon High Desert, where my family camped when I was a kid.

Thank you so much for your support of High Desert. I cant wait to see your socks! Please use the tag #highdesertsocks to share with me on instagram! Seeing your yarn choices and watching your progress is the greatest joy. Happy knitting!


  • Size US 3 Needles - 9” circulars
  • Size US 3 Needles - 30” circulars
  • Fingering weight yarn (See table on next page for yardage and sizing)
  • Darning Needle
  • Stitch marker
  • Scissors


Adult samples knit with Six & Seven Fiber Co
Clover base in various colors

For my original samples. I designed this sock with sock set specially mixed for this design. Traditional sock sets will not have enough yardage for larger sizes. Get creative! This is a great design to eat up scraps! Instead of one yarn held double for the MC, use two 60g+ scraps for the MC! Have fun with the marling and make them special!


23 stitches x 32 rows in 4” of stockinette


Below are the estimated yardages required for every size if you stick to my suggested color distribution throughout the pattern. The beauty of this design, is the ability for you to adapt it to the yardage you have in your scrap bin!

If you don’t have enough yardage for the MC, use two heavy scraps and hold them double as your MC instead of 1 yarn held double for the body.

If you have a really large scrap you want to use as a contrast, use it for both CC1 and CC2 by holding your contrast double for the wide stripes and holding is with the MC for the heel, toe, cuff and middle stripe, for a “2 color” version of this sock.

In testing, yardage ranged widely depending on length and gauge.

All sizes provided are consistent with standards set by the Craft Yarn Council Sizing Guide for Socks.

  • Child Sm (10-13 Child) : 180yds MC / 40yds CC1 / 12yds CC2

  • Child Med (1-3 Youth) : 230yds MC / 50yds CC1 / 15yds CC2

  • Child Lg (4-6 Youth) : 330yds MC / 70yds CC1 / 20yds CC2

  • Adult XS (4-6 ½ Wom) : 330yds MC / 70yds CC1 / 20yds CC2

  • Adult Sm (7-9 ½ Wom / 6-8½ Mens) : 395yds MC / 75yds CC1 / 25yds CC2

  • Adult Med (10-12½ Wom / 9-11½ Mens) : 465yds MC / 80yds CC1 / 35yds CC2

  • Adult Lg (12-14 Mens) : 570yds MC / 96yds CC1 / 40yds CC2