knitscene Summer 2018: Windows of Moss Stitch Socks

Have you made your first pair of socks, but aren’t sure where to go from there? Ready for a little bit of a challenge, but can’t find a sock pattern that looks doable? Sock patterns seem to jump from basic vanilla socks straight to a challenging mix of strange toe-up cast-ons, complicated lace and cable patterns, and unusual heel methods. It’s easy to get lost in all the variations and complex patterns out there if you’re not super experienced with making socks.

What’s a beginner sock knitter to do?

The Windows of Moss Stitch Socks by Joanna Johnson are the perfect step up from a simple stockinette-stitch sock. The construction is quite straightforward. They’re worked from the top down using a standard heel flap, so there isn’t a fussy cast-on or complicated short-row shaping. The textured pattern is easy to memorize and completely made up of knit and purl stitches; there aren’t any complicated techniques involved in the stitch pattern. It’s also a subtle enough pattern that these socks would be suitable for the less feminine folks in your life.

Take your sock knitting to the next level with this project, and explore eighteen other engaging patterns in knitscene Summer 2018!

windows of moss stitch socks

Pattern Details

DESIGNER Joanna Johnson


FINISHED SIZE 7¼ (9¾)” foot circumference and 9½ (11)” long from back of heel to tip of toe; foot length is adjustable. Socks shown measure 7¼”.

YARN Brown Sheep Company Wildfoote Luxury Sock (75% washable wool, 25% nylon; 215 yd [197 m]/1¾ oz [50 g]): #04 elderberry (dark blue; MC), 2 balls and #22 peasant blue (light blue; CC), 1 ball.

NEEDLES  Size 0 (2 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

NOTIONS  Markers (m); tapestry needle.

GAUGE 34 sts and 42 rnds = 4″ in Texture patt.

Step Into Sock Knitting with Windows of Moss Stitch Socks

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