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Squares & Stripes Garden Maze Socks




RELEASE DATE:  January 2005. 


DESCRIPTION:  This sock design is worked from the top of the cuff down to the toe. It is worked in two colors with the cuff worked in an unusual garter stitch technique that I call garden maze garter stitch. Models shown in the photos are the childís size and womenís medium size. To adjust the cuff height to match the sock size, the childís size has two sets of squares and stripes on the cuff, the womenís sizes have 3 sets, and the menís sizes have 4 sets. You may notice in the photos that the thickness of the garter stitch cuff looks larger around than the sock foot, but it fits well. The socks can be made as either identical twins (main color and contrast color are the same on both socks) or as fraternal twins (use the main color of the first sock as the contrast color of the second sock).


SIZE:  Childís (for a child about 5-6 years old), womanís small, womanís medium, womanís large, manís small, manís medium, and manís large. Sizes are shown for the childís size with the other sizes shown in parentheses. Foot length for each size is approximately 7.25 (8.25, 9.25, 10, 10.25, 11, 11.5) inches or 18.5 (21, 23.5, 25.4, 26, 29.2) cm.


SKILL REQUIRED:  Definitely advanced or adventurous intermediate.



  • YARN: 

    • Sock yarn in a weight designed to knit at about 28 sts per 4 inches (10 cm) - thatís what the ball band should say, but I knit them at 36 sts per 4 inches (10 cm). The yarn can be 100% wool or a sock yarn with about 70-80% wool and 20-30% nylon. When using 50 gram skeins (about 215 yards/197 meters per skein) youíll need 1 (1,2,2,2,2,2) skeins of EACH color. You can use strongly or subtly contrasting colors.

    • Reinforcing thread for heels and toes (optional but should be used with yarns that donít include nylon).

  • NEEDLES:  U.S. Size 2 (2.5 mm) or size to achieve gauge in one of the following options (depending on how many needles you use to knit socks circularly) Ė

    • one set of long double point needles or 2 sets of shorter ones (you need to be able to hold up to 156 sts in some cuff rounds) OR

    • 2 circular needles and 1 double point needle of the same size OR

    • 1 long circular needle and 1 double point needle of the same size


    • Darning needle to weave in ends.

    • 2-3 stitch markers

    • Flexible stitch holder such as waste yarn (optional)


GAUGE: 9 stitches per inch (2.5 cm) in stockinette stitch.




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