Holly by Courtney Little


December 2019
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 52 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette in the round
US 1 - 2.25 mm
150 - 305 yards (137 - 279 m)
5.75-9.25 in/14.5-23.5 cm finished sock foot circumference
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Say hello to Holly, my first sock design! These shorties feature a subtle but beautiful textured pattern around the leg and down the top of the foot, and is worked cuff down with a heel flap and gusset construction. Shorties are my personal favorite to wear and make - they seem to just FLY off the needles and one 100-gram skein of yarn is typically plenty no matter the size! The pattern is written for working with 9” circular needles, but could easily be converted if you prefer magic loop or DPNs.


Beginner/Intermediate level

  • Written in English and US terms
  • Skills to know: German twisted cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, heel flap and gusset, pick up and knit, decrease, Kitchener stitch
  • You’ll need: US size 1 (2.25mm) knitting needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) 9” circulars, DPNs or longer cable for magic loop, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle. Sock blockers and/or mats are helpful but not necessary for blocking
  • One 100-gram skein of fingering weight sock yarn (Star Seed Yarn 85% SW Merino/15% Nylon 4-ply in the Smokey Quartz colorway was used for the sample); check out others’ projects for more yarn/fiber/color inspiration!

You’ll receive one PDF file including:

  • Complete written instructions on how to knit Holly in 5 different sizes (7 total pages)
  • Links to helpful tutorials

Notes on sizing:

This pattern is written for 5 sizes, ranging from 5.75-9.25 in/14.5-23.5 cm finished sock foot circumference. It is recommended to choose a size that gives about 1-2 in/2.5-5 cm negative ease for a snug but comfortable fit. The sample size 3 (7.5 in/19 cm) is shown on an 8.5 in/21.5 cm foot. Let me know if you have any questions about sizing!

Pattern gauge:

4”/10 cm = 36 sts/52 rounds in stockinette worked in the round

Taken after wet blocking, using US size 1 (2.25mm) needles

Note: All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.