Bright Striped Men’s Socks

Knitting, Project #120


The socks being worn

Made for a tall friend of mine who likes bright, loud colors and loves stripes. These were made to spec: in fact, he has a long-sleeved shirt that matches these socks. He was delighted to get the socks, and they were fun to knit. I learned a lot engineering this pair of socks. The ribbed cuff tapers down, and this pair of worsted weight socks has a Sherman heel. The short-rows were great: no gusset stitches to pick up and no heel flap. The striped socks are shown here with a ruler to give you an idea of the scale.


Date completed: 3/8/2007

Yarn: 301 yds total: 4-ply worsted-weight yarn – 4 balls total Nature Spun worsted weight (100% wool), 3.5 oz/100 g, 245 yds/224 m. $6.99 per ball.

  • A: 1.4 oz (98 yds). Color N44W, Husker Red
  • B: 1.4 oz (98 yds). Color N54W, Orange You Glad
  • C: 0.8 oz (56 yds). Color 305W, Impasse Yellow
  • D: 0.7 oz (49 yds). Color 108, Cherry Delight (Hot Pink)

US Size 5 [3.75 mm] set of 5 double-pointed needles
US Size 6 [4.25 mm] set of 5 double-pointed needles

Gauge: 24 sts + 28 rounds = 4 inches in St st (k every round) on 4.25 mm needles. (6 sts and 7 rounds/inch)

Pattern: My own devising, with research from the following sources:

Finished size: US Men’s size 12 shoe. Made to fit these measurements: 14″ around calf, 10″ around ball of foot, 10.75″ around ankle, and 10.5″ length of foot. Finished sock weighs 4.3 oz (120 g)