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Lancaster, UK

Tess Young lives in the north west of England with her partner, 2 rescue dogs and 2 rescue cats. These companions enrich her life immeasurably, bringing great joy and plenty of exasperation; she’ll ...

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Ringwood Socks

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(6) Name: 'Knitting : Ringwood Socks
Ringwood Socks
Ringwood Socks
Ringwood Socks

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knitting in the round
  • wrap and turn

Pattern Description:

A surprisingly simple but effective pattern, the top down version is an ideal first sock pattern, and once confident with the form and construction you can always move on to give the toe up version a try.

The pattern is easy to remember and to read from your knitting - this really is my go anywhere, knit anywhere sock pattern for lovely squishy cosy socks.

This pattern, for a slipped stitch heel and gusset sock can be knitted either from the top down (pages 1,2,3) or from the toe up (pages1-2 & 4-5).

The Ringwood stitch was my Grandmother's signature stitch and it's used here to bring out the colours in very variegated yarns and really make them pop. This stitch pattern was traditionally used to make gloves in Ringwood, approximately 20 miles from where I grew up and the centre of a cottage industry of glove making in Victorian Britain.


34st x 56 rows = 10cm x 10cm/4 x 4 inches over stitch pattern on US1 (2.25mm) needles

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Small - Shoe size UK3-5, EU34-37, US5-7
  • Medium - Shoe size UK6-8, EU38-42, US8-10
  • Large - Shoe size UK9-10, EU43-45, US11-13
  • Full schematic and guidance on measuring your foot are provided


  • Needles - US1/2,25mm needles
  • 330-400yds 4ply/fingering yarn depending on chosen size

You Will Also Need:

  • Tapestry needle to sew in ends
  • 2 stitchmarkers (optional)

Suggested yarn:

400 yards of Fingering weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Malabrigo Sock



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