Whitecap sock pattern by Allison O'Mahony
Whitecap is a basic sock pattern with a few figurative and literal twists. The twisted stitches, which resemble whitecaps on the water, slant in opposite directions. The left sock is worked solely with left twists, and the right sock is worked solely with right twists, creating a mirrored effect. The pattern is both engaging and easily memorized, with four knit “rest” rounds between twists, and works well with solid, semi-solid, tonal, and variegated sock yarns.
These socks are worked from the cuff down in the round with a Modified Eye of Partridge heel flap and gusset.
Adult sizes S [M, L] to fit 19.5 [22.5, 25] cm/7.75 [8.75, 9.75]” foot circumference as measured at the widest part of the foot
18 [20, 22] cm/7 [7.75, 8.75]” leg circumference, 17.5 [20, 22.5] cm/7 [7.75, 8.75]” foot circumference, length is customizable
Choose a size with a finished foot circumference approximately 10% smaller than the wearer’s actual foot circumference.
One* 405 m/445 yd skein fingering weight yarn
*Some foot lengths may require more than one skein
Shown in Manos Del Uruguay Alegria (75% Wool, 25% Polyamide; 405 m/445 yd per 100 g/3.53 oz skein) in colour Nickel (A2530); 1 skein.
One set 2.25 mm/US 1 needles* (or size needed to obtain gauge)
*Either one set of DPNs, two circular needles, or one long circular needle, as you prefer for small circumference knitting in the round.
36 stitches & 52 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Whitecap Pattern
32 stitches & 48 rounds = 10 cm/4” in Stockinette Stitch
Stitch markers (1 unique, 2 matching), waste yarn or stitch holder, tapestry needle