Mischief Maker Socks by Casey Maura Cartwright

Mischief Maker Socks

Knitting
November 2017
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 35 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette
US 0 - 2.0 mm
US 1 - 2.25 mm
300 - 400 yards (274 - 366 m)
XS-XL (56-80 sts)
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I was inspired by the vibrant Fasching parades (German pre-Lent celebrations) that take place in the early months each year when designing these socks. One of the elements of fun at a Fasching parade is being the target of some harmless and hilarious mischief. At my first parade, I was dragged into the route to dance, smeared with colorful greasepaint, and watched other parade goers have their shoe laces stolen. The eccentric sights and celebratory mood is something I’ll never forget.

These socks lend themselves well to high contrast pairings; this pattern is also a great way to use self-patterning and variegated skeins. I’ve designed two versions of this sock: version one utilizes two colors, whereas version two brings in a third for contrasting heels and cuffs (great way to use 20g minis!). There are so many magical possibilities with pairing yarns—have fun!

With directions for top-down and toe-up, this multi sized pattern is written for knitting with the Magic Loop method, but can be converted to DPN’s if that is your preference. The construction of the sock utilizes stranded color work throughout the body, a unique striped toe, and a short row heel. The short row heel instructions are for a traditional “wrap and turn” style, but feel free to substitute your favorite short row heel (such as the Fish Lips Kiss Heel) if desired.

I’d be tickled to see your versions of the Mischief Maker Socks! On Instagram, tag me @caseymauraxo and use the hashtag #mischiefmakersocks. You can also find a finished Mischief Maker Socks thread on my Ravelry group. Happy knitting!


Skill Rating: Intermediate

Techniques used:

  • stranded color work
  • carrying yarn up the side of work
  • short row heel (wrap and turn method)
  • Judy’s Magic Cast On (toe-up)
  • Kitchiner stitch (top-down)

Sizes (to be worn with 0” ease):

  • XSmall : 56sts to fit 7”/17.75cm foot circumference
  • Small: 60sts to fi 7.5”/19cm foot circumference
  • Medium: 64sts to fit 8”/20.25cm foot circumference
  • Large: 72sts to fit 9”/22.75cm foot circumference
  • XLarge: 80 sts to fit 10”/25.5cm foot circumference

Materials for view 1 - XS (S, M, L, XL):

  • 50g (XS-M) / 70g (L-XL) fingering weight sock yarn, color A (sample knit with Schoppel Wolle Admiral 4-ply #4485 “Navy”)
  • 50g (XS-M) / 70g (L-XL) fingering weight sock yarn, color B (sample knit with Zwerger Garn Opal “Sweet & Spicy 3”)

Materials for view 2 - XS (S, M, L, XL):

  • 50g (XS-M) / 70g (L-XL) fingering weight sock yarn, color A (sample knit with Schoppel Wolle Admiral 4-ply #0980 “Natural”)
  • 50g (XS-M) / 70g (L-XL) fingering weight sock yarn, color B (sample knit with Voolenvine Yarns Blitzed in “Stardust”)
  • 20g (XS-M) / 25g (L-XL) fingering weight sock yarn, color C (sample knit with Norah George Yarns Super Sock mini in blue)

Materials for both views:

  • US 0/2.00mm 32” circular needle

  • US 1/2.25mm 32” circular needle

  • Stitch marker/progress keeper

  • Tapestry needle