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Crafting since childhood, I mostly knit but I also enjoy sewing and spinning. Sometimes I do stuff like crochet, cross stitching, bobbin lace or tatting.

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Swatching Socks

from Stefanie Bold Designs
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Swatching Socks
Swatching Socks
Swatching Socks
Swatching Socks

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • knit, purl
  • working cables
  • basic sock construction

Pattern Description:

For every knitting project I start by making a gauge swatch. There is only one except: socks! Starting a sock is as much knitting as a swatch, and I can even try it on my foot to check the fit! These socks where designed for just that case " a lovely sock yarn that you do not know the exact gauge. So you start making a stockinette toe and foot, take your gauge (and calculate some adjustments for the rest
of the sock if necessary) and now you can start a pattern! In this case, the gusset increases are made purlwise on the instep and a cabled pattern, resembling shoe lacing, breaks the sometimes boring stockinette. Instead of ribbing, the cuff is worked in moss stitch.


34 stitches and 50 rounds = 10 cm (4 inch) in stockinette stitch

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • foot circumference 8.25 - 8.625 - 9.25 - 9.875 inch


  • fingering weight sock yarn
  • 2(2, 3, 3) skeins

You Will Also Need:

  • set of dpn or 1 or 2 circular needle
  • cable needle

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Sweet Paprika Designs Messa di Voce


Deep Purple