Rain or Shine Socks by Stephen West

Rain or Shine Socks

August 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
28 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
300 - 500 yards (274 - 457 m)
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The Rain or Shine Socks are great stash busters for your leftover bits of fingering weight sock yarn. Customize the colors as you work garter stitch in the round with some occasional stockinette stitch slip stitches. You only have to work with one color at a time, so this pattern is beginner friendly and very addicting to knit. Start at the top with the cuff and work your way down toward the toe. You can easily customize the length of the leg and foot by knitting more or fewer stripes. The pattern includes video links that demonstrate techniques for the cast on, heel, weaving in ends, and Kitchener stitch.

1 (2, 3, 4, 5)

Size 4 shown on a US 13 / EU 47 size foot with an actual foot circumference of 10″ / 25cm.

Finished Measurements
4.5 (6, 7.5, 9, 10.5)″ / 11 (15, 19, 23, 27)cm ankle circumference. 5 (6.5, 8, 9.5, 11)″ / 13 (16.5, 20, 24, 28)cm foot circumference.
Measurements taken after blocking.

Socks are designed to fit an actual foot circumference of 6 (7.5, 9, 10.5, 12)″ / 15 (19, 23, 27, 30)cm. The socks are designed to fit with negative ease. Choose a size with a finished foot circumference measurement that is approximately 1″ / 2.5cm smaller than your actual foot circumference, so that the sock will fit nice and snug on your foot. The socks can stretch a bit more, so if you knit a size that is 2″ / 5cm smaller than your actual foot size, then the sock should still fit well with a tighter fit.

The lengths of the cuff, ankle, and foot are easily customizable by knitting more column stripes for a longer ankle and foot or fewer column stripes for a shorter ankle and foot.

Fingering weight

Approximately 300 (350, 400, 450, 500)yds / 274 (320, 366, 411, 457)m total Yardage amounts may vary depending on the length of your leg and foot.

Shown in
A variety of fingering weight sock yarns including Qing Fibre High Twist BFL, Fru Valborg Merino Swirl, La Bien Aimée Super Sock, & Mominoki Sock Fine 4ply, Garn Stories, Merino, & Undercover Otter Eventide.

US 1.5 / 2.5mm circular in 40″ / 100cm length
Magic loop method is used for knitting in the rnd. You can use DPNs if you prefer.

Watch this Westknits video to assist with the Magic Loop technique.

2 stitch markers, tapestry needle

32 sts & 72 rnds = 4″ / 10cm in slip stitch pattern after blocking
28 sts & 44 rnds = 4″ / 10cm in stockinette stitch after blocking

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26-09-22: I updated the Rain or Shine Socks to clarify that each color stripe is used for 8 rounds before changing color and I updated the rounds on pages 5 & 6 to flow correctly after Rnds 11 & 12 from the bottom of page 4. You can download the updated PDF called rain_or_shine_socks_2.pdf.

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