Retro Dream socks by Kat Knight

Retro Dream socks

by Kat Knight
July 2018
Light Fingering ?
36 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in over stranded colourwork
US 1 - 2.25 mm
416 - 547 yards (380 - 500 m)
small, medium, large
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A full colourwork sock with bands of pattern around the leg and the toe - these socks literally kept me awake at night until I pinned them down in knitted form! They feature several fun-to-knit colourwork patterns, ranging from the easily memorised to the main section on the leg which keeps you wanting to knit ‘just one more round’ to see how it pans out. These guys are named ‘retro’ because there’s a sense of argyle here, a hint of granddad socks in the foot, vaguely 80s-style geometric shapes around the leg… and yet it’s also tongue in cheek ‘cos they still look rocking. And a change in colour makes a WORLD of difference.

Quantities for small (medium, large) socks:

  • Yarn A: 50g/200m (60g/240m, 70g/280m) fingering weight sock yarn
  • Yarn B: 40g/160g (45g/180g, 50g/200m) fingering weight sock yarn
  • Contrast Colour (CC): 5g/20m (all sizes) fingering weight sock yarn
  • Sample socks use Travelknitter BFL Supersock in Laneway City (charcoal), London Skies (grey) and Firecracker (red).


  • 2.25mm (US size 1) needles, or needle size required to achieve pattern gauge
  • 2mm (US size 0) needles, or a size smaller than main needles (OPTIONAL – for a tighter toe)
  • 2.5mm (US size 1.5) needle, or a size larger main needles (OPTIONAL – for a loose cast-on)
  • Stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge = 9 stitches and 11 rows per inch (36st/44 rows = 4 inches/10cm) over stranded colourwork using 2.25mm (US 1) needles. Your gauge might vary – please do a gauge swatch to be sure.
Foot length is fully adjustable within this pattern.
Pattern shows instructions for small (medium, large) socks:

  • Small = 20.5cm/8 inches around largest foot circumference
  • Medium = 23cm/9 inches around largest foot circumference
  • Large = 25.5cm/10 inches around largest foot circumference