Knitted Socks with Fancy Cuffs

Knitted socks make the perfect little project for learning a new-to-you knitting technique! Have you tried knitting Estonian nupps? In this sock pattern from the May/June 2010 issue of PieceWork, expert knitter Nancy Bush borrowed this signature knitting stitch from lacy Estonian shawls. Here’s Nancy to tell us more:

The idea for these dressy anklets came from Marilyn Murphy, [former] editorial director of PieceWork’s sister magazines Interweave Knits and Interweave Crochet. I had been thinking about how I could work Estonian nupps (in Estonian, “button” or “knob”—small bobbles) into a sock pattern, and she suggested putting them on the turned-down cuffs. In my adaptation of a lacy edge used on Estonian shawls, the nupps are pleasingly subtle.

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Nancy Bush’s lacy socks with traditional Estonian nupps (bobbles) on the cuffs. Photo by Joe Coca.

Fibre-Isle Lovit Bison, 60% superwash merino wool/30% lyocell cellulose/10% Canadian bison yarn, fingering weight, 246 yards (225 m)/50 g skein, 2 skeins of #1133 Oatmeal
Needles, set of 5 double pointed, size 0 (2 mm) and set of 5 double pointed, size 1 (2.25 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Tapestry needle

Finished size: 6¾ inches (17.1 cm) foot circumference, 8½ inches (21.6 cm) from back of heel to tip of toe, and 7 inches (17.8 cm) from tip of cuff unfolded to beginning of heel flap, blocked, to fi t a woman’s size medium

Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rnds = 2 inches (5.1 cm) in St st on smaller needles, after blocking

Nancy Bush, a PieceWork contributing editor, teaches knitting workshops nationwide and is the author of numerous books. She owns the Wooly West, an online source for knitters.

Learn how to make nupps with this video!

To knit more socks from Nancy Bush, read our blog post “Knit Nancy Bush’s Amish Socks.”

Find more knitted socks from Nancy Bush and PieceWork!

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