Spinifex Socks by Helen Stewart

Spinifex Socks

May 2021
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 46 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 1 - 2.25 mm
463 yards (423 m)
Small, Medium, Large
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The Spinifex Socks are the 4th design in The Handmade Sock Society 4: purchase the collection here.

Spinifex is not ashamed to be its stubborn, spiky self. It demands and deserves our respect. These humble but hardy grasses grow across the Australian landscape. On the coastline, Spinifex holds tight to the sand dunes, protecting them from erosion and sending its deep roots down into the earth to brace against storms and winds and tides. Out in the bush, Spinifex is a keystone of its environment, offering shelter and protection to vulnerable wildlife. Experts say that if it ever disappeared, so would dozens of other species.

The Spinifex Socks pay tribute to the sturdy, indispensable Australian Spinifex grass. This pattern will keep you on your toes with a toe-up construction method. The wedge toe, heel flap and gusset lead into a star stitch and twisted rib panel along the top of the foot and front of the leg, finishing with a twisted rib cuff. The Spinifex Sock comes with three sizes, so you can choose your best fit.

Finished Measurements

To fit approx. foot circumference of
7 (8, 9)” /17.5 (20, 22.5) cm.


Birch Hollow Fiber Sylvia Sock
75% superwash merino, 25% nylon; 100g = 425m/463yds,
1 x 100g skein,
Colour: Grunge

Medium Size sample with size UK4, 23cm/9” foot length used
approximately 65g, 276m/300yds of fingering weight sock yarn.


2.25mm (US 1), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge) for magic loop method or DPNs if preferred


Tapestry needle
2 stitch markers


32 sts/46 rounds = 10 cm (4”) in stockinette stitch