Sunday, December 19, 2004
Old Shale Two Yarn Sock Pattern
Size: Women’s medium
Yarn: Sock/fingering weight.
Yarn requirements: 34g of A, the multicolor. Approximately 50g of the solid. (Shoe size 6-7 took 43g.)
Needles: 2-24” circulars US 1, 2.5mm
Gauge: 8 stitches/inch 10 rows/inch in stockinette stitch
The blue socks in the picture are knit with Opal Cool Ocean 226 and Opal Uni-Solid 26.
Note: The socks are designed to be worn with the cuff folded down. The picture on the left shows the ribbing under the cuff which functions to keep the sock snug to the leg.
yo = yarn over
k = knit
p = purl
slip = slip purlwise unless pattern specifies knitwise
ssk = slip knitwise, slip knitwise, knit two slipped stitches together
slip2 = slip 2 stitches knitwise
p2sso = pass 2 slipped stitches over the knit stitch
k2tog = knit two stitches together
p2tog - purl two stitches together
Old Shale Pattern (16 stitches and 4 rounds)
Round 1: (yo,k,yo,k,yo,ssk,ssk,(slip2,k,p2sso),k2tog,k2tog,yo,k,yo,k,yo,k) 4 times
Round 2: knit
Round 3: knit
Round 4: knit
Cast on 64 stitches with A.
Join is the beginning of a round and the left side of sock.
Split stitches between two circular needles, 32 stitches per needle.
Round 1: knit.
Round 2: purl.
Round 3: knit.
Round 4: purl.
Round 5: knit.
Round 6: purl.
Round 7: knit.
Knit the Old Shale Pattern 6 times (24 rows)
Turn the sock inside out on the needles.
Knit a round.
Note: This knit round is going in the opposite direction from previous rounds.
At the end of the knit round pick up the horizontal bar between the two needles and knit the bar together with the first stitch of the next round.
k1,p1 rib for three rounds.
Switch to color B.
k1,p1 rib for 20 more rounds.
Move last stitch of round to heel needle. Heel needle now has 33 stitches, instep needle has 31 stitches.
k7,p1 rib for 15 rounds, centering wide ribs as follows:
Heel needle: k4,p,k7,p,k7,p,k7,p,k4 (33 stitches)
Instep needle: k3,p,k7,p,k7,p,k7,p,k3 (31 stitches)
Cut B and attach A.
Eye of Partridge Heel
Row 1: (slip 1, knit 1) 7 times. slip 1, k2tog, (slip 1, knit 1) 8 times. 32 stitches on needle. Turn.
Row 2: slip 1, purl to end of row. Turn.
Row 3: slip 1, (slip 1, knit 1) 15 times, knit 1. Turn.
Row 4: slip 1, purl to end of row. Turn.
Row 5: (slip 1, knit 1) 16 times. Turn.
Repeat Row 2 through Row 5 7 more times. (Total of 17 slip rows)
Repeat Row 2 and 3. (Total of 18 slip rows)
Row 1: slip 1, p 17, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 2: slip 1, k5, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 3: slip 1, p6, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 4: slip 1, k7, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 5: slip 1, p8, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 6: slip 1, k9, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 7: slip 1, p10, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 8: slip 1, k11, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 9: slip 1, p12, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 10: slip 1, k13, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 11: slip 1, p14, p2tog, p. Turn.
Row 12: slip 1, k15, ssk, k. Turn.
Row 13: slip 1, p16, p2tog. Turn.
Row 14: slip 1, k16, ssk.
18 stitches left on needle.
Pick up Gusset Stitches
Cut A and attach B.
Pick up 19 stitches along right edge of heel.
Knit across instep maintaining rib pattern.
Pick up 19 stitches along left edge of heel.
Knit a round.
For gusset decreases, round starts at center of heel needle.
Round 1: knit to last 3 stitches of heel needle, k2tog, k1, knit in ribbing pattern across instep, k, ssk, knit to center of heel needle.
Round 2 - knit to instep needle, knit in ribbing pattern across instep, knit to center of heel needle.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 33 stitches remain on heel needle.
Continue knitting around keeping the 31 instep stitches in the wide ribbing pattern.
1 inch before the first toe decreases, cut B and attach A at the beginning of the sole stitches.
Start on sole needle 2 inches before desired length of sock.
Round 1: (k, ssk, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k) twice, once on sole needle, once on instep needle.
Round 2: knit
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until 17 stitches remain on sole needle and 15 stitches remain on instep needle.
Repeat round 1 until 9 stitches remain on each needle.
Kitchener toe and weave in ends.
Copyright Marguerite Byrne, 2004. To be used for private, non-profit use only.
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How sweet of you to share this pattern! Those socks are just GORGEOUS!!
Marguerite, I have been watching your blog as you have been knitting the Old Shale socks. They are so beautiful. I am so glad you posted a pattern to share. How generous of you. A wonderful Christmas present for us knitters. As soon as I get some Opal solid, I intend for this to be my first project.
Love the socks!! Thank you so much for the pattern. These will be an after Xmas present for me!!!
Have a great Holiday!!
What gorgeous socks, thanks so much for the pattern!
Margeurite, thank you for this. Yours look great. Love the colours and am thinking of similar. I already have a variegated blue Opal.
I usually prefer the fit of 56-60 stitches. Do you think the top variegated partof the cuff would be too tight if I went down a size in needles to 2.25? Or perhaps if I used 2.5 and then decreased for the actual rib.
I usually use 56 stitches for my own socks, which is one reason I knit these for other family members.
It should work fine for you if you either reduce stitches or needle size, but I would do it after the lace is knit.
If the lace is too tight on your leg, the outer cuff won't hang pretty. The lace has to fit over the layer of knit below, so that makes it tighter than if it was worn next to your skin.
Hope you enjoy knitting the socks.
Wonderful, fabulous pattern, Marguerite. The color possibilities are endless. I really want to thank you for sharing it. My daughter is already hounding me for a pair!
I truly enjoyed your blog and thank you for sharing the sock pattern, it's beautiful. I knit my socks in the same manner that you do only without the markers. I use a row counter clicker, but I like the marker idea a lot and I think I will use it on the next pair of socks that I do.
Hi there - Just discovered your site - a link from somewhere good that I've already 'lost'.
Your socks are indeed gorgeous - now on my ever growing list for next year.
Thank you for your generosity.
Vicki - England
What a fabulous pattern!! I found my way to your website and what a lovely find it is!!
Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Holidays!
Those are beautiful socks. Like the others who posted before me. Thanks for sharing. One question. Can I use dpns with this pattern instead of 2 circs?
No reason these socks can't be knit on doublepoints instead of circulars.
I suggested using 5 dps for the lace cuff as there are four repeats of the Old Shale pattern in a round.
Thanks much for your quick response to my question on using dpns.
I really enjoy reading your blog.
Love your old shale socks. I started a pair as soon as I saw your pattern. I have lots of small amounts of self striping yarns left over from previous projects. What a great way to use them up! The solid I am using is purple made by Lang yarns-Jawoll superwash.
Thanks so much for sharing it.
For anyone who uses this pattern: I'd love to post pictures of your Old Shale Two Yarn Socks on Stitches of Violet.
Please let me know if you have a picture of your socks for me to post.
Marguerite, is this a fingering yarn? I love Old Shale, and made a shawl in it several years back. I have some leftovers that would be nice, if the right weight. Hope I am not just being blond and missed this in your directions. Thanks.
I have been admiring these socks, and would like to do them someday. I was hoping maybe they were going to be SixSox#6, but from the peekaboo that Susan did over at
I'm Knitting As Fast As I Can, the cuff looks different enough that I don't thin it can be. So I'll go ahead and ask - do you have any advice for converting these into a women's large pattern? I typically knit fingering weight at 8 to 9 stitches per inch, and for a ribbed sock I usually cast on 72 stitches. With the cuff a 16 stitch repeat, that's not going to work out for me - to take it to 3 repeats per side instead of 2 would take it up to 96 stitches. Hm, the foot's K7 P1, so to center it properly that needs to be a repeat of 16, too. Possibly it's hopeless?
Hi Marguerite, amei seu trabalho, muito lindo.
Maru (Florianopolis-sc Brasil)
just trying to help, first of all I love your site, but spent about a year working on diff. knit stitches and finally got clarity:
if you go to knittingfool and search by stitch count, you will see the feather-fan and old shale are each different, by stitch count and pattern, similar but different
Hi, I made your socks and the pattern is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It has been brought to my attention that some crazy lady has taken your pattern, made your socks, then taken credit for your design. Here's the URL. I just thought you might like to know and you can ask the administrator of that website to remove her false information.
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