Autumn Fair Isle Socks

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Autumn Fair Isle Socks Pattern


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Knitting: Autumn Fair Isle Socks
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Pattern Details:

Pattern Details






Women, Men, Girls, Boys



Skill Level:

medium skill level requirement Intermediate

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Ability to work in the round with double-pointed needles, Magic Loop, or two circulars

Pattern Description:

These socks are knitted in the round in two or more colors. As is the tradition, Fair Isle garments are never worked with more than two colors in a round and these socks are no exception! The heel flap is worked in corrugated ribbing while the patterning for the rest of the sock is comprised of three-row peerie patterns, traditional Scottish Fair Isle motifs which are typically 1 to 7 rows high.

Double Cast-on
Working with a Yarn in each Hand
Corrugated Ribbing Heel Pattern
The Dutch Heel and the Wide Toe
Kitchener Stitch

Photographs, theory boxes, charts, and schematic included.


In 2 color stockinette stitch: 7 sts/10 rows /inch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Child (Small woman, Medium woman, Medium man, Large man)


  • Yarn: 100g skeins of Guernsey or sport weight yarn (246 yds/skein) for a heavier sock OR...
  • 100g skeins of sock yarn or fingering weight yarn for a lighter sock.
  • In two colors: Main Color (MC): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins; Contrast Color: (CC): 1 skein
  • In six colors: Main Color (MC): 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) skeins; Approximately 1/2 oz. each of five other colors. (I used Rust for MC, brown, navy, plum, olive, and taupe for CC.)
  • Needles: US size 2 (2.75 mm) double pointed needles, or size needed to obtain gauge.

About Designer

About Designer

BethBRKnits on

Beth Brown-Reinsel is an author and internationally known teacher of the historic knitting techniques of 19th century Northern Europe. Her love of these traditions comes through on her website which offers her knitting books, DVDs, schedule of workshops in North America and Europe, blog and eNewsletter sign up.

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