1700 flower socks

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Opus 1700


Untitled series: These are artworks, and the patterns show you how to reproduce the artworks, with options to produce conventional projects.


A sock intended to exploit the colours and quality of Wollmeise sock yarn, where the cuff resembles a tropical flower and the leg resembles both a twisted flower stalk and the gleaming hank of yarn. This is a plantlike design, so the spirals are not mirrored. The pattern gives the option of either reproducing the flower sock, or of just knitting the leg pattern, to give a conventional sock. There are two separate patterns for knitting cuff-down and toe-up, and both patterns include options to knit the sock with a small, medium or large number of sts per row. You can further adjust the width of the sock by using one of two needle sizes. That gives a total of 2 styles, 2 sock-knitting methods and 5 width-adjustments. Foot length is infinitely adjustable.

Sizes: Women’s small, medium and large widths. Foot length is adjustable by knitting more or fewer rows.

Requirements for flower sock

Yarn: total 175g/597yd of Wollmeise 80/20 twin sock yarn 4ply in 4 colours:

  • (A) for raspberry-red petals 25g/87yd of colourway Himbeere;
  • (B) for purple-grey petals 25g/87yd of colourway Grand-mere;
  • (C) for multicoloured green bract and stamens 25g/87yd of colourway Skarabaus;
  • (MC) for olive green leg 100g/342yd of colourway Schwefel.

Requirements for conventional sock without flower

  • (MC) for all-one-colour sock including decorative top edge 130g/444yd of colourway Minze
  • (D) optional contrast colour for decorative top edge 10g/36yd of colourway Grand-mere
  • Optional for picot edge: 60-68 Matsuno beads size 7/0-8/0, and 0.75mm steel crochet hook.

. . . and for both design options:

  • Yarn substitution: Any Wollmeise 80/20 twin colours could be substituted. Wollmeise 100% merino 4ply fingering yarn could be combined or substituted, although it may eventually be subject to wear on the footsole and heel.

Needles for sock section:

  • 4 dpns, and one circular (or pair of straight ndls) in same size for cuff-down version.
  • 4dpns and one or two circular needle(s) in same size for toe-up version.

Note: petals need to be knitted at tight tension so they don’t flop; even if you have chosen larger needles it’s recommended that you knit the petals fairly tightly on 2.25 or 2.5mm needles.

  • Metric: size 2.25 – 2.5mm for medium; 2.75mm for large.
  • UK and Canadian: size 13 (med); size 12 (large)
  • US: size 1-2 (med); size 2 (large)

Needles for petals:

  • 2 dpns or 2 straights or 1 circular in size 2.25-2.5mm; UK/Can 13; US 1-2.

3 stitch markers, row counter, stitch holders


  • Medium size: 8.5 sts per inch (34 sts per 4in) on 2.25 – 2.5mm needles
  • Large size: 7 sts per inch (28 sts per 4in) on 2.75mm needles

tags: sock knit opus knitting patterns artworks flower-sock multicoloured-yarn chevron UK Yorkshire patterns wollmeise yarn

© Linda OCarroll and Mel Browne


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