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Toronto, Ontario

I prefer to design simple patterns that are (relatively) easy to knit. It might be redundant to say so, but I design socks that I’d want to knit. I want a pattern that looks fantastic, but isn’t ...

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Flying Buttress socks

from MoKnits
(6) Name: 'Knitting : Flying Buttress socks
Flying Buttress socks
Flying Buttress socks

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • work in the round
  • some experience with cables

Pattern Description:

flying buttress is a specific form of architecture most strongly associated with Gothic churches. The purpose of any buttress is to resist the forces pushing a wall outwards by redirecting them to the ground. Flying buttresses are not in contact with the wall all the way to the ground; so that the lateral forces are transmitted across an intervening space.

This pattern incorporates left and right buttresses, created by a simple 2/1 cable that are repeated on the front and back of each sock, making the leg symmetrical whether viewed from the front, back or sides. The buttresses are edged by a simple baby cable that is created by knitting two stitches together and then knitting the first stitch of the two again.


32 sts = 4 inches in stocking stitch; blocked

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Womens medium, to fit a US size 7-9 approximately, (Womens large or Mens size 11)


  • US #1 (2.5 mm double-point needles
  • 330-390 yds, 100 g fingering sock yarn or similar

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle

Suggested yarn:

390 yards of Fingering weight