Shorty Shorty Shorties by Katherine Radburn

Shorty Shorty Shorties

August 2022
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 48 rows = 4 inches
US 1 - 2.25 mm
170 - 275 yards (155 - 251 m)
1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
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There’s something so cheery about a bright shorty sock. I love wearing them around the house, seeing them peep out of sneakers or, my personal favorite (controversial opinion incoming), paired with Birkenstock sandals!

The Shorty Shorty Shorties are my perfect footy sock, a simple pattern with lots of opportunities to play with color, an option for a ribbed or i-cord cuff, and, best of all, a no slip cuff! Knit from the cuff down, these are also a great crash course in working with German short rows — they’re used to shape the cuff, heel and toe. (Alternative wedge toe instructions are also included.) The result is a slim, low fitting sock that won’t get underfoot while you’re out on summer adventures!

1 (2, 3, 4, 5) for finished sizes of approx. 6.25 (7, 8, 8.75, 9, 9.75)” 16 (18, 20, 22.5, 25) cm. Sock length is fully adjustable within pattern.
Choose a finished circumference that is 0-2” (0-5 cm) smaller than your foot size, depending on how snug a fit you like in your handknit socks.

4ply/fingering weight yarn suitable for socks

This pattern is a great chance to use up partial balls and scraps of sock yarn! The two samples, knit in Sizes 2 and 3, used 40-45 g of main color (MC) with less than 5 grams of contrast. Have fun playing with contrasting heels, toes or even stripes to make the most of favorite sock yarn leftovers!

Sample 1 (Blue/Teal Multicolor) knit in Opal Hundertwasser 4-ply 75% Wool, 25% Nylon, 465 yds (425 m)/100 gram ball) in shade 2106; contrast i-cord cuff in scrap dark grey sock yarn.

Sample 2 (Yellow with Fuchsia Cuff) knit in Retrosaria Mondim 100% non-superwash wool, 421 yds (385 m)/100 gram ball in shade 211; contrast cuff in The Uncommon Thread Everyday 100% merino, 440 yds (402 m)/100 gram ball) in Peony

Want to have even more fun with shorty socks? Check out my Ginnel Socks for a simple stripe and colorwork version! Or grab both patterns as part of the Socks For Summer eBook.