Winterfell Socks by KnittyMelissa

Winterfell Socks

October 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches
in stranded colorwork
US 1 - 2.25 mm
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
350 - 450 yards (320 - 411 m)
Small (64 sts), Medium (72 sts), Large (80 sts)
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This Game of Thrones inspired pattern was designed for the Sock Knitters Anonymous group for the November 2016 Mystery Sock, or MOCK, to fit the stranded colorwork challenge.

Stranded colorwork socks are warmer than single-thickness socks, so they would work well in the North. I could see the women of the Stark family wearing these socks at Winterfell.

The pattern is free and will be released as a series of 4 clues on Nov 1, 8, 15, and 22. Because it is a mystery sock, no photos will be included here or in the clues. Please use a spoiler shield on your project page until all clues have been released. Note that it is not recommended to work these socks two at a time (at least until partway through Clue 2).

Materials needed:

  • Fingering weight sock yarn – 60-100 grams main color (MC) and 30-45 grams contrast color (CC)
  • TWO US size 1 (2.25mm) circular needles, 32” or longer
  • One US size 1.5 (2.5mm) circular needle, 32” or longer (optional - use if you go up a needle size for colorwork)
  • Locking/removable stitch markers & tapestry needle

8 or 9 spi in 2-color stranded colorwork

  • At 9 spi, the sock will be 7.1” (8”, 8.9”) in circumference.
  • At 8 spi, the sock will be 8” (9”, 10”) in circumference.

You can adjust gauge for fit by using smaller/larger needles and thinner/thicker fingering weight yarn. For example, using thinner fingering weight yarn with smaller needles will give a smaller circumference than a heavier fingering with larger needles. Use the stitch count and your leg/foot measurements to determine what gauge you need for the socks to fit. Remember that stranded colorwork has much less stretch than stockinette, so plan for little to no negative ease.

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