Your Perfect Sock Pattern

According to the Sock Survey, your perfect sock pattern would be:

  • Worked from the cuff down (70% of the votes);
  • For a woman (46%);
  • Designed in a textured (but not cabled) stitch pattern (22%);
  • Worked on 5 dpns (37%); and
  • Suitable for a variegated or handpainted yarn (36%).

To this, I say: Knitters, I thank you. My mission is clear. I must bring you a textured, women's, cuff-down sock pattern worked in handpainted yarn. So stay tuned!

Runners-up in each category:

  • 30% of the votes went to toe-up socks–so these are much more popular than I thought!
  • 26% of you knit socks for men. (Do we have enough sock patterns for men, or do we need more? Never mind. That's a silly question. We always need more!)
  • 26% like to knit socks on 4 dpns.
  • 20% prefer two circulars.
  • Lace socks and plain ribbed or stockinette stitch socks were tied at 19% each. (Interesting sidebar: Despite the popularity of the Caspian Sea Socks pattern, only 7% say you like to knit colorwork socks. Maybe you like to download colorwork sock patterns for inspiration?)
  • And last but-not-least: Solid yarn (26%) was just a bit behind self-striping (30%) yarn.
  • Alrighty, then. Let's see what I can come up with for all you sock fanatics.

    — Sandi



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