Shadow Box Socks by Helen Stewart

Shadow Box Socks

April 2023
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette
US 1 - 2.25 mm
465 yards (425 m)
Small (Medium, Large)
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The Shadow Box Socks are the first pattern in The Handmade Sock Society Season 5. Preorder the whole collection HERE

There’s just something about a shadow box that sparks your imagination. It’s a little bit mysterious. A little bit elevated. A place to preserve and display your treasures, whatever they might be. The simplest, most humble item in the world seems suddenly important when you place it into a miniature museum case. The act of framing something says: this is precious, this is interesting, this is something that matters.

The Shadow Box Socks offer a simple but absorbing knit, with a light-and-shadow theme. The 1x1 twisted rib cuff is snug and smart to get you started, and then the moreish rib and eyelet pattern on the leg and foot is quick to memorise and keeps your needles moving.The pattern is written from the top down and is finished with a slipped stitch rib heel and wedge toe, but it’s easy to customise and substitute your favourite finishes. It also includes three sizes to help you find a comfortable fit.

To learn more about The Handmade Sock Society, read on…

With six delightful new sock-knitting patterns to savour, the fifth season of the Handmade Sock Society is an exploration of natural wonders and a celebration of our natural curiosity. 

We live in a world that’s bursting at the seams with small mysteries and marvels. Glittering crystals and smooth pebbles. Fossils and feathers and the cast-off shells of strange creatures. Ancient coins from lost civilisations and handmade trinkets from far-off countries. The urge to collect and preserve these things has probably always been part of being human, but a few hundred years ago, it became an obsession. Cabinets of Curiosity were all the rage in the mid-sixteenth century, and they’re still completely irresistible to those of us with creative minds. A miniature museum, curated by your own fascination. Rare artefacts. Precious specimens. A peculiar blend of science, art, and magic. What could be more inspiring?

Whether you’re an adventurous new knitter eager to cast on your very first sock, or whether you’re a passionate sock expert looking for new inspiration, this collection of mystery patterns and our warm community of like-minded makers will nourish your curiosity. I’ve designed each pattern to strike a balance between relaxation and interest, with clear, simple constructions and unusual stitches and details. There’s always a little bit of everything in a Handmade Sock Society collection: a touch of lace, simple cables, and fun techniques. Whoever you are, and whatever your skill level, you’re welcome here.

So join the Handmade Sock Society, and come with us on another adventure full of secret sock patterns and joyful camaraderie. Let’s celebrate the glorious strangeness of this world with our own little cabinet of curious socks. 

The Handmade Sock Society is a mystery pattern collection for knitters who adore handmade socks and surprises. Over six months, I release six secret sock patterns, and members join in with a big knitalong. It’s always a lot of fun. 


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