Marie Curie Quest Socks by Sherlock Knits

Marie Curie Quest Socks

September 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
9 stitches and 11 rows = 1 inch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
210 - 437 yards (192 - 400 m)
Women's medium, Men's medium
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All profits from the sale of this pattern will go to Marie Curie UK

My day job is working as a doctor for Marie Curie - a UK charity that provides care and support for terminally ill people and their families. Marie Curie nurses work night and day, in people’s homes across the UK, providing hands-on care and vital emotional support. I work in one of the hospices, which provides specialist round-the-clock care.

When I learned that Cityknits had launched a special Marie Curie yarn, I decided it might be a nice idea to knit a pair of socks for each of my patients at Christmas. I’ve managed to rope in quite a few staff, and we’re hoping to get a group of day therapy patients doing it too. With the help of others, we now want to knit socks for everyone in all 9 hospices - that’s 229 pairs in total!

Several people asked for the pattern I use. These simple socks are my basic plain sock pattern, developed over years of sock knitting by trying different patterns and techniques, and gradually pulling together all the aspects that worked together to fit my feet perfectly. A basic vanilla sock, with heel flap and gusset, they are ideal for beginner sock knitters and can be customised to fit any size feet by adjusting the number of stitches.

If you’d like to help by knitting socks for my patients, the yarn is available from Completed socks can be posted to:

Dr Sarah Holmes
Marie Curie Hospice Bradford
Maudsley Street

ALL profits from the sale of this pattern will go to Marie Curie UK

Women’s medium (Men’s medium)

I used West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply in the Limited Edition Marie Curie colourway, exclusively available from One ball is plenty to make at least one pair of socks.

2.25mm 9 inch circulars, DPNs, or large circulars, or size required to meet gauge

9 sts x 11 rows = 1 inch in stocking stitch