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Home : Patterns : Galen Stirrup Socks

Free Knitting Pattern: Galen Stirrup Socks

Lion Brand® Alpine Wool
Pattern #: 90637AD
Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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SKILL LEVEL:  Intermediate (Level 3)

SIZE: One Size
Woman's Medium
Finished Circumference 8 in. (20.5 cm)
Finished Length 14 in. (35.5 cm)
Socks are meant to fit with negative ease (Sock circumference should be less than body measurement) for a snug fit.


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These delightful stirrup or yoga socks feature fair isle colorwork.
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Color (A)
Alpine Wool

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Color (B)
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Alpine Wool
Blueberry Chili Bay Leaf Black Pepper Olive Oatmeal Barley
*Alpine Wool (Article #822). Solids: 100% Pure Wool
Oatmeal, Barley: 77% Wool, 15% Acrylic, 8% Rayon; package size: 3.00oz/85.00 gr. (93yds/85m) pull skeins

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•  822-223 Alpine Wool Yarn: Oatmeal
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Lion Brand Double-Pointed Needles - Size 9   $ 8.25  
Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size H-8 (5 mm)   $ 2.45  (for heel slit trim only)
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Galen Stirrup Socks

Lion Brand® Alpine Wool


16 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd). When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. The needle or hook size called for in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch


K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd (multiple of 4 sts)
Rnd 1:
*K2, p2, rep from * around.
Rep Rnd 1 for K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd.


1. Socks are worked in the round, so every rnd of Chart should be read from right to left.
2. When following Chart, carry color not in use across wrong side of work.
3. Crochet hook is used for single crochet trim around heel slit. If desired, you may embroider blanket st around elbow slit instead of working crochet trim.

SOCK (make 2)
Beg at upper edge of Sock, with A, cast on 36 sts. Divide sts onto 3 needles. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd until piece measures 3/4 in. (2 cm) from beg. Change to St st worked in the rnd (k every rnd).
Next Rnd (Chart Rnd 1): With B, *k7, k2tog, rep from * around – 32 sts at the end of this rnd.
Next Rnd: Beg with Rnd 2, work 8-st rep of Chart around. Continue in St st and Chart as established, until Chart Rnds 1-9 have been worked a total of 4 times, then work Rnds 1-8 once more.
Shape heel slit
Next Rnd (Chart Rnd 9):
With A, k10, bind off 16, k to end of rnd.
Next Rnd: With B, knit following Chart Rnd 1 and casting on 16 sts over bound-off sts of previous rnd. Continuing in St st and Chart as established, work Rnds 2-9 of Chart, then work Rnds 1-3 once more.
Next Rnd (Chart Row 4): With B, *k7, knit into front and then back of next st (to increase 1 st), rep from * around – 36 sts. With A, work in K2, p2 Rib worked in the rnd for 3/4 in. (2 cm). Bind off.

From right side, with crochet hook, join A with a slip stitch anywhere along edge of heel slit. Work single crochet evenly spaced around edge of slit. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

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beg = begin(s)(ning) k = knit
p = purl rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rnd(s) = round(s) St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)  

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Pattern Average Rating: ****4.0 (based on 2 reviews)
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Galen Stirrup Socks Reviewed by Katy on 2015-02-19 ***
Really lovely pattern and easy to follow but as these are worked in the round and from top to bottom the shape of the stitches is upside down thus the little heart effect you see are more like upside down v''s. I think the picture you see wasn't knitted from the pattern and was knitted bottom to top instead.

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