Project - Top-Down Socks, Two-at-a-Time

Fingering-Weight Top-Down Sock Pattern

Beginner fingering-weight socks for Magic Loop - purple AraucaniaFor your top-down socks, we are going to make a pair of fingering-weight socks for adults. Let’s go to the yarn shop!

Download the Fingering-Weight Top-Down Socks for Magic Loop pattern here

Choose Your Materials

Yarn: You’ll need two skeins of fingering (sock) weight wool – about 150 yards for a pair of crew- length socks.

I recommend that you choose a machine-washable yarn in a light color (so you can see what you’re doing).

Here are two of my favorite yarns to pick for this project. They are durable, machine-washable, soft, and come in cool color combinations.

Ask the yarn shop employee to wind the yarn into two separate balls.

Needles: The gauge for this project is 7 sts/in in St st (knitted in the round). Choose a 47-inch-long circular needle with pointy tips, such as Addi Lace, in a size that will cause you to achieve the right gauge.

Start with a size 2 and check to make sure you are getting the right gauge. Just make a round tube, like we did for the Intro to Magic Loop, block it, and then check your gauge.

You could skip this step and just start, if you are careful to check a couple inches into your sock and are okay with starting over. Up to you.

Next, choose which size you are going to make. This pattern comes in three sizes:

  • Women’s Small-Medium – fits a foot that measures 7 inches around the ball of the foot
  • Women’s Medium-Large – fits a foot measuring 8 inches around
  • Men’s Small-Medium – fits a foot measuring 9 inches around.

If your (or the sock recipient’s) foot measures less than 7 or more than 9 inches around, go down or up a needle size to compensate.

Following The Pattern Easily

You may want to go through the pattern and circle with pencil all the numbers that correspond with your size. If you were making the Medium-Large, you would circle the number in red: 48(56,64).

Pattern Walk-Through

This first video will walk you through how the sock is constructed, so you have a sense of context when we begin.

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