Wickery socks by Izabela Grzybek

Wickery socks

October 2021
Light Fingering ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
328 - 437 yards (300 - 400 m)
1 (2) 3 corresponding to sock circumferences: 17,5 (20) 22,5 cm / approx. 7 (8) 9 in
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Wickery Socks - a sock knitting pattern for socks with unusual cable detail. Socks you can wear every day! Due to their very decorative and intricate pattern these will also fit with basic clothes adding an interesting element to your outfit. I recommend to use solid color yarn or make them even more intriguing by using lightly speckled wool!

These were inspired by mushroom and berry picking in the forest - the rib pattern and intertwining stockinette ribbon cables resemble the structure of wicker baskets used to hold gathered mushrooms and fruit.

These socks are worked cuff down, with base twisted rib pattern and cable pattern on the front of leg and on instep. It’s a construction with slip-stitch heel flap and gusset decreases on the sole that give the sock a lighter feel.

It’s a focus and attention requiring pattern. Wonderful when you need to clear your mind and immerse yourself in the knitting process. Maybe you’re worried and want something to take your mind off things. Take a cup of your favorite tea and knit away, appreciating the beautiful and original texture you create with your own hands.

All of my patterns are created with accuracy, attention to detail, and clear, step-by-step instructions divided in sections to help you create the item by yourself easily! All of my patterns are undergoing a professional technical editing process to ensure correctness, and are test knitted by fellow knitters to make them as easy to use as possible!


  • All abbreviations used listed in a glossary section.
  • Cable stitch instructions in both written and charted format.
  • Written for magic loop technique, but can be worked on DPNs as well.
  • Skill level: Intermediate +, required techniques: working in the round, working flat, increases, decreases, twisted stitches, short rows (not as scary as it sounds!), cables, slipping stitches, picking up stitches, Kitchener stitch.
  • Construction: Worked cuff down, with a heel flap and gusset. Cable pattern is different for each sock (left/right) to achieve symmetrical effect.


The pattern is written for three sizes 1 (2) 3 corresponding to sock circumferences: 17,5 (20) 22,5 cm / approx. 7 (8) 9 in. Choose a size that is 0,5-1 cm (0-0,5 in) smaller than your foot circumference (measured before the toes). Length is adjustable.

What materials & notions you’ll need:

yarn: up to 400 m (437 yds) of fingering weight yarn
needles: 2,5 mm (US 1.5) circular needles 80/100 cm (32-40 in), or to meet gauge
other: 3 stitch markers, including 1 in contrast colour, cable needle, tapestry needle


32 stitches x 44 rounds in 10x10 cm (4x4 in) in stockinette stitch, blocked


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