Hong Kong Socks by Knitting Expat Designs

Hong Kong Socks

July 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
400 - 450 yards (366 - 411 m)
7 sock sizes included ranging from 48sts to 80sts
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The Hong Kong Socks are the Fifth design for the Around The World in 8 Socks pattern club! Hong Kong was always a place we wanted to visit but hadn’t been able to make it work until we were living in Dubai and able to use it as a hub for travelling around to places that were more convenient to reach than if we had we been travelling from the UK. We ended up travelling to Hong Kong during the week between Christmas & New Years in 2013 and this was probably one of my last international trips before I started knitting!

Join me on this journey as we make our way around the world through sock patterns inspired by some of my favourite Cities!

A Bit About This Pattern:

The Hong Kong Sock pattern was heavily influenced by the traditional Junk Boats, with the sail like pattern created with the eyelets in the socks. The actual colourway for these socks was then inspired by the Urban Jungle feel of the city (hence the name of the colourway).


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What you will need:

• Yarn – 100g Sock Yarn (approx. 365-400m / 400-440 yds) Sample knit in Seismic Yarn & Dyeworks on the Seismic Butter Sock base in the Urban Jungle Colourway (85/15 Extra Fine Superwash Merino/Nylon – 437yds / 100gm).

• Needles – 2.25mm on a long cable for magic loop (I suggest 40” / 100cm for two at a time knitting).

• Notions – Optional - A progress keeper to keep track of row count / pattern repeats (this can also work to mark the instep side of your work).

• Gauge – Approx 8 sts/inch in stockinette

• Size – Socks are sized in XS (S / S-M / M / M-L / L / XL). Sizes are based on foot circumference and not length as you knit the sock as long as you need to in order to fit the recipient. Please also note that socks need to have about 1-2 inches (2.5-5cm) of negative ease in order to provide a nice snug fit around the foot without being too baggy. Further, socks will loosen up over time and with wear so personally I prefer a nice snug fit at the start to reduce this effect later.

48 sts – X-Small for a foot circumference of approx. 6-7 inches
56 sts - Small for a foot circumference of approx. 8-9 inches
60 sts - Small/Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 8.5-9.5 inches
64 sts - Medium for a foot circumference of approx. 9-10 inches
68 sts - Medium/Large for a foot circumference of approx. 9.5-10.5 inches
72 sts - Large for a foot circumference of approx. 10-11 inches
80 sts – X-Large for a foot circumference of approx. 11-12 inches

Notes for Printing:
• Instructions for the Stitch Pattern are on Pages 4-5
• Instructions for Cuff Down are on Page 6
• Instructions for Toe Up are on Page 7
• German Short Row Heel instructions are on Page 8
• Modified Heel Flap Adjustment instructions are in a separate PDF that can be found with this pattern in your Ravelry Library.

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Note about Instructions:

• Instructions are shown as 48 (56/60/64/68/72/80) throughout the pattern, where stitch counts vary.

• I knit my socks using the Magic Loop method, however; the pattern can be adapted to use DPN’s or 9 inch Circulars or your preferred method for knitting socks.

• Instructions are provided for both Cuff Down and Toe Up. The Cuff Down method is first, followed by Toe Up instructions. The stitch pattern being used for the leg and foot of the sock is first detailed below, followed by a general outline of the sock construction.

• At the end of the pattern you will find the generic instructions for the German Short Row Heel which is worked exactly the same way for both Toe Up and Cuff Down socks.

• To work the GSR heel in Garter Stitch you will just need to knit every row rather than purl the wrong side rows.

• The Modified Heel Flap Adjustment (MHFA) instructions can be found as a separate PDF download along with this pattern. This was done to reduce the file size of this pattern.