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This pattern was designed with the goal of keeping my hands busy while I’m homeschooling my children. Elementary age instruction requires lots of patience and repetition, so I like to have a project in hand while I supervise independent work. I wanted a pattern that is easy to memorize, but that would fit my feet better than plain stockinette socks, which tend to sag and stretch as I wear them.

This pattern comes in 7 foot circumferences, to fit a child (about 3-4 years old) up through an adult’s 11” (27.5 cm) foot circumference.

Modification Options and Fit Features included in this pattern:

  • Instructions for how to match a larger calf with a smaller foot size.
  • Sizing instructions for a standard or deep instep.
  • Multiple sock leg lengths, including a folded cuff (shown in most of the samples).
  • Modification options for a plain stockinette toe instead of a patterned one.


24 sts/36 rounds = 4” (10 cm) in unblocked stockinette stitch worked in the round 



Child (Women’s XS, Women’s S, Women’s M/Men’s XS) (Women’s L/Men’s S, Men’s M/L, Men’s XL)

Written in pattern as sizes 1 (2, 3, 4) (5, 6, 7)

To Fit Foot Circumference 

7 (7.5, 8.5, 9) (9.5, 10.5, 11)” / 17.5 (19, 21.5, 22.5) (24, 26.5, 27.5) cm


  • 175 (200, 225, 250) (300, 450, 600) yds / 160 (183, 206, 229) (274, 411, 549) m of dk weight yarn for mid-length socks. Ankle socks will require less, tall socks will require more depending how short or long you make the cuff and whether you double it.
  • US 4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles in your preferred style for small circumference knitting, or size needed to meet specified gauge
  • 2 Stitch markers
  • Tapestry Needle

This pattern has been professionally tech edited and tested to ensure that it is as clear and error free as possible, but I’m human! If you find a mistake or have a question please feel free to contact me via the email address listed in the pattern.

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