Fancy Fair Isle Socks

Traditional with a modern twist


Designers Notes: “I’m fascinated with traditional Fair Isle patterns, and particularly with so called XO motifs. In this design I have combined a variation on an XO-motif with a striping effect, by alternating two pairs of contrasting colours.”

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Designed by Carmen Jorissen

These colourwork socks are knit from toe-up, casting on with Judy’s Magic Cast On. The pattern uses four colours, with a maximum of two colours for the same round.

These socks feature a gusset on each side of the foot to allow for more room around the heel and ankle, and to prevent the colourwork print from distorting.

The pattern PDF contains video links for relevant techniques used.

Sizes available
6 different adult sizes in this range: EU 35-47 / US 5-14 / UK 2.5-12

You will need four colours of Scheepjes Metropolis to recreate the sample. The original sample uses the following colours:
A- Milan 057, B – Dubai 047, C – Marrakech 051, D – Sydney 048

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Needle Size
2.25 mm + 2.5mm needles

These socks are knit from the toe to cuff.

This pattern is available in English and Dutch.


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Fancy Fair Isle Socks