1701 spiral socks

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Opus 1701

Opus 1701


A conventional sock developed from the artwork pattern, Untitled 1700, and intended to exploit the colours and quality of Wollmeise sock yarn. The leg resembles both a twisted flower stalk and the gleaming hank of yarn, and the picot top edge is reminiscent of the broken-off top of the stalk. Optional beading around the top gives a dewdrop effect. This is a plantlike design, so the spirals are not mirrored. 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.


Yarn: Wollmeise 4ply 80/20 twin sock yarn (light fingering)

  • (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 seed beads size 7/0-8/0, and 0.75mm steel crochet hook.

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: 4 dpns for cuff-down or toe-up version. An experienced knitter could substitute a pair of circulars for either version.

  • 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)

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 cuff beads knit opus knitting patterns artworks rib edging UK Yorkshire patterns 4ply 4 ply light fingering wollmeise spiral womens women lady ladies 

© Linda OCarroll and Mel Browne


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