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Traditional Socks are based on the pattern I learned in primary school in the 1950’s, now known as mid-century! This pattern also tells the story of how they were updated in the 1980’s and knitted to order for one of the New Yorker magazine’s sports journalists who I met by chance on a transatlantic flight.

The heel and toe are reinforced with fine linen thread which gradually works together with the wool, rather than wearing it down. We’ve knitted our socks in 2-ply Jumper Weight wool from The Shetland Wool Board. For a rib measuring 12 inches (30 cm) we used 4 ounces (100g) of yarn.

You can adapt this basic pattern by making the rib shorter or longer as desired and experiment with stripes, etc. on the foot.


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  • Vintage handmade supply from the 1980s
  • Craft type: Knitting
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