Simple colourwork boot socks

I've spent my whole life living in old buildings with draughty wooden floors — there can never be enough thick woolly socks in the wintertime. Worked in a sturdy wool nylon blend in an unusually heavy weight for a sock yarn Hugni will keep your toes warm and should hold up well to be even if you spend as much time sliding down the hallway as I did as a small child.


    The cuffs feature a simple stranded colourwork pattern and the contrast colour is used for both heels and toes for a classic boot sock look. The pattern is written in two lengths, with calf shaping on the longer length. Extra squishy heels are worked in a traditional heel stitch pattern combining short row shaping and a gusset for a better fit, especially for high insteps. Hugni is worked from the top down and is given in three sizes.

    When swatching, check that your stranded colourwork gauge doesn’t pull in, you may need to use a larger needle for those rnds.


    Directions are given to place markers to mark the end of rnd and shaping points. You may prefer to rearrange the stitches so that these points are marked by the gap between needles.

    Stitch marker
    Scrap yarn



  • Shown in Navia Faroese Sock Yarn (80% wool, 20% nylon, 130 yds / 120m, 1.76oz / 50g)

    Long Version: MC - Light Grey and CC - Natural White
    Short Version: MC - Medium Grey and CC - Charcoal Grey

    265[315, 370] yds / 240[290, 340]m MC and 90[105, 125] yds / 80[95, 110]m CC for long version. 
    160[190, 220] yds / 145[175, 205]m MC and 70[85, 100] yds / 65[80, 90]m CC for short version.

  • Technique Thursday - Colour dominance



24 sts and 34 rnds = 4" / 10cm in st st.




Shown in Navia Faroese Sock Yarn (80% wool, 20% nylon, 130 yds / 120m, 1.76oz / 50g)

Needles and notions

Size 4 US / 3.5mm dpns or long circular(s) for preferred method of working small circumferences in the rnd.

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