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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 ...

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Autumn Fair Isle Socks

from Knitting Traditions
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Autumn Fair Isle Socks
Autumn Fair Isle Socks Detail of sock
Autumn Fair Isle Socks Fair Isle Socks

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.