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Manhole Socks - A Pattern from Yarnison Designs

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This listing is for a digital pattern download of the Boobs Out pattern from Yarnison Designs.

About The Pattern, In The Designer's Words

Get your mini kit for the Manhole Socks now during our Yarnison trunk show! Each kit includes 1 skein of Bass Line and a digital copy of the pattern straight to your email! You can pick from one of our pre-selected kits or make your own.

If you want to select our own yarns for the kit, select the Make My Own! option from the dropdown. You can use any skein of our fingering weight yarns; you MUST have at least 100g of fingering weight yarn in your cart to be eligible to receive the pattern.


About The Pattern, In The Designer's Words
A sturdy top-down sock with textured heels and toes for sturdy urban living. The fabric is reminiscent of non-slip metal treads, and the heel and toe take their texture from manhole covers.

The cross-hatch pattern accentuates the texture of the yarn, and works well with block colours, kettle-dyed yarn with minimal variegation or to showcase the colour changes in a fancy, high-contrast yarn that you fell in love with.

The pattern uses slipped stitch cables in a short, easy-to-memorise repeat, and a striking textured afterthought heel.

This pattern has been tech edited and test knitted.

You should be able to make a pair of socks in small or medium sizes out of a single 400m skein of sock yarn, assuming a shoe size of UK size 9 (Eur 43, US 9.5) or lower. Otherwise you might need a second skein.

Small (Medium, Large)
To fit foot circumference 21cm (23cm, 25cm) / 8.25” (9”, 10”)
Actual foot circumference of sock unstretched 18cm (20cm, 22cm)/ 7.25” (7.75”, 8.5”)
Leg length to the top of the heel is 12.5cm (5”), although you can make it longer with more repeats of the cross-hatch pattern.
Foot length is adjustable within the pattern, with the instructions creating a sock approx 1cm (0.5”) shorter than measured foot length for a snug fit.

YARN: Approximately 400m of any 4ply/fingering sock yarn.

NEEDLES (always use the right size to match the recommended gauge): 2.25mm (US size 1) circular needles (at least 80cm long for magic loop) or double-pointed needles

GAUGE: 35 stitches and 49 rows = 10cm/4” over stocking stitch, blocked

Darning needle
Stitch markers
Waste yarn (optional)

The cross-hatch texture is quite firm, so it’s worth checking your gauge, and perhaps going up a size. The heel and toe are made identically, and there are instructions for both the textured version or a plain smoother one if you’d prefer something simpler. As the sock is knit as a “tube”, you can get used to the “manhole” instructions on the toe before doing it on the afterthought heel.


    How It Works
    The pattern will be sent to your email address that you use to place your order. 

    About The Designer

    I’m Jane and I am a knitwear designer based in Manchester, UK. I believe that knitting is a creative collaboration between maker, designer and yarn dyer. I have released several successful patterns which adhere to this ethos. I spend the rest of my time working as a user experience designer for charities and social enterprises.