Irish Whiskey by Melinda Measor

Irish Whiskey

March 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
8 stitches and 10 rows = 1 inch
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
200 - 500 yards (183 - 457 m)
low vision format available
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Know what’s scary? Designing and releasing your first knitting pattern is!

In March of 2016, it took a lot to hit publish and release a creative idea into the wild when I went to release Irish Whiskey, but I’m so glad I did. I’ve learned a lot about knitwear design and pattern writing over the years, and I’m forever grateful for the urging and support I had from those around me who encouraged me to write my first one. The incredible journey it set me on has been truly fascinating. Irish Whiskey will forever hold a special place in my heart as my first big plunge into knitwear design.

Worked in the round, Irish Whiskey contains both cuff-down and toe-up written directions and a chart for the pattern stitch. The pattern has instructions for a peasant heel (afterthought heel using scrap yarn), but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using (links included for alternatives).

The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the design could be worked on double-pointed needles or mini-circulars instead should you prefer (ensure you denote your instep stitches with extra markers – so you don’t miss the placement of the heel or toe shaping).

This sock pattern shines well with solid, semi-solid, self-striping, or lightly variegated/speckled yarns. Picking an appropriate yarn for this project will ensure your yarn and the cables aren’t competing to be the star.


(Measured around the ball of the foot.)
6 (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11)” / 15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5, 26.5, 28) cm circumference – intended to be worn with 1” / 2.5 cm of negative ease.

US1 (2.25 mm) 32-40” (82-102 cm) circular needles, or size required to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle, cable needle, scrap yarn, stitch markers

200-500 yds / 183-458 m fingering weight yarn (depending on the length of your foot and leg)

Knitpicks – Felici
75% SW Merino 25% Nylon
218 yds (199 m) / 1.75 oz (50 g)
Color: Treehouse

8 stitches by 10 rounds in stockinette = 1” / 2.5 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks.

A low-visibility and a screen-reader accessible version of this pattern are available. The low-visibility format is 24pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, and contains written directions (there are no charts to work from). The screen reader format has all the items mentioned above, contains no abbreviations, and accessibility was checked by read-aloud function on both a Windows PC and Android device.

rhyFlower Knits patterns are available in print via our wholesale distributor Deep South Fibers.

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This pattern has been professionally tech edited and test knit.