Oxford Socks Using Manos Alegria
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.
We thought Manos Alegría—‘joy’ in Spanish—would create a very cheery pair of Oxford Socks! A brilliant fingering-weight yarn, Alegría is a blend of superwash merino and sturdy polyamide. It’s ultra-soft, resilient, and easy to care for—perfect for socks. And with a range of rampant variegated colors and rich solids, these socks are bound for fun!
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.
1 skein Manos Alegria (445 yds/405m each).
Shown in Color 9817, Butia.
Or approx. 400 yds/366m fingering-weight sock yarn. Add or subtract 22 yds/20m per knitted 1"/2.5cm per pair.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
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.
The Free Adaptation
Digital Oxford Socks pattern. (Download)
Printed Oxford Socks pattern. (Requires shipping.)
COLOR: 8917 Butia. A blend of copper, ginger, pink, gold, and olive.
COLOR: 9452 Candombe. Blend of bright pinks, purple, vibrant greens, sky blue, and white.
COLOR: 9375 Otono. Blend of pine green, olive, gold, lemon, ginger, and white.
COLOR: 9630 Rambla Sur. Blend of pale watercolors: lemon, faded blue, tan, and light olive, with pops of purple and brown.
COLOR: 9998 Antigua. Blend of purples, magenta, pale orchid.
COLOR: 9089 Huarache. Blend of orange, yellow, purple, turquoise, and dark mauve.
COLOR: 9632 Fondo Del Mar. Blend of lime green, teal, navy, turquoise.
COLOR: 9453 Macachines. Blend of muted purples, pinks, slate blue, greys, and pale sage.
COLOR: 2194 Popsicle. Strawberry pink.
COLOR: 2020 Spirulina. Glowing chartreuse.
COLOR: 2530 Nickel. Warm taupe grey.
COLOR: 2600 Magenta. Vivid magenta.
COLOR: 2293 Leo. Coppery ginger.
COLOR: 2363 Tahiti. Tropical seas emerald.
COLOR: 2419 Blueberry. Semi-solid medium blues.
COLOR: 2193 Cactus Flower. Glowing hot dark pink.
COLOR: 7105 Malvin. Blend of navy, teal, violet, and orange.
COLOR: 8855 Pindo. Blend of lime, yellow, magenta, teal, and light blue.
COLOR: 8106 Botanico. Blend of silvery grey, olive, basil, and light chartreuse.
COLOR: 7090 Nobuk. Blend of silver, grey, and faded grape.
COLOR: 9010 Manglar. Blend of denim and plum, with bursts of orange, yellow, and green.
COLOR: 6944 Zaino. Blend of walnut, umber, slate, and silver.
COLOR: 9008 Orquidea. Blend of white, magenta, teal, and lime.
COLOR: 9013 Happy. White with cobalt, fiery orange, magenta, and acid green speckles.
COLOR: 5000 Cincuenta. A blend of several shades of purple, finishing with teal, yellow, coral, and pops of blue and orange.
COLOR: 2294 Loam. Dark earth brown, with a slight purple tint.
COLOR: 2394 Teal. Rich, dark teal.
COLOR: 2058 Turmeric. Rich, golden honey.
COLOR: 2110 Zinnia. Bright, candy apple red.
COLOR: 2199 Carmine. Deep scarlet.
COLOR: 8001 Orla. Variegated cream and chartreuse, with blue and orange speckles.
NEW COLOR: 2500 Black. Practical black.
NEW COLOR: 9038 Cusco. Variegated reds with pops of blue, purple and rusty oranges.