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Oxford Socks Pattern

Oxford Socks Pattern





The Design

“With German short-row toes & heels.”

One more smart little sock joins our roster of basic sock patterns. With a super-easy short-row shaping method at the toe and heel, it’s easy to master, easy to remember, easy to start, and easy to finish. Worked from the toe up, these socks are started with a provisional cast-on—no seam at the toe! Introduced at the 2019 Puget Sound LYS Tour, we’ve had great fun playing with variations ever since.

Choose a fine, superwash yarn with a high twist and a touch of nylon for long-wearing, pill-resistant Oxford Socks that are easy to care for. For an ultra-warm, ultra-comfy pair, we picked Regia Premium Merino Yak. For joyful, variegated color, we love Manos del Uruguay’s Alegría. And Lang Jawoll Superwash is a sock-knitting superstar.

This four-page pattern includes:

  • Color photography by Laura Gehring
  • Special Techniques
    • Foot and Cuff Variations
    • German Short-Rows
    • Customizing Size
  • Instructions for blocking and finishing your piece

See how we've used this pattern!

The Details

Medium-width adult: Up to 10"/25cm foot on 8"/20cm cuff. For longer foot, knit shorter cuffs or purchase more yarn.

Note: Finished sock length should be ½"/1.25cm shorter than actual foot length measured from back of heel to tip of toe.

Approx. 400 yds/366m fingering-weight sock yarn (includes approx. 14 yds/13m for contrasting toe and heel). Add or subtract 22 yds/20m per knitted 1"/2.5cm per pair.

Note: Choose a yarn with some nylon and high twist for long-lasting, hard-wearing socks.

Shown in black in 1 skein Regia Premium Merino Yak (437 yds/400m each), Color 7512.

Shown in red with gold heels and toes in 2 skeins Regia Premium Merino Yak (437 yds/400m each); 1 skein each Color MC = 7507 and CC = 7504.

Shown in variegated coppers in 1 skein Manos Alegría (445 yds/405m each), Color 9817, Butia.

Shown in marled grey with red toes in 3 skeins Lang Jawoll Superwash (230 yds/210m each); 2 skeins Color MC = 0137 and 1 skein Color CC = 0275.

US 1 (2.25mm) set of 5 double-point needles, or size to obtain gauge.
US D/3 (3.25mm) crochet hook for provisional cast-on.
1 yd/m smooth fingering-weight waste yarn for provisional cast-on.
1 locking marker.
Darning needle to finish.

Approx. 32 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after blocking.

Digital Oxford Socks pattern. (Download)

Printed Oxford Socks pattern. (Requires shipping.)

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