Prickly Pear Socks

I remember in my child hood, the late 1950’s, socks were made from left-over pullover yarn. Most of the time the cuff, heel, and toe sections where done with different yarn than the rest of the socks. Back then, this was not a design feature. It had to be done because there wasn’t enough yarn of one kind. I still do mix different colors and yarns and find it quite ‘normal’ to make socks this way. Prickle Prints socks reflect the look of this old way of making socks. They appear simple but have interesting knitting sections. Worked from the top down, the socks start with a 1/1 ribbed cuff in contrasting. A 2-color slipped stitch design transitions to the main color leg. One row of contrasting color transitions from the leg into a traditional cap heel worked in contrasting color. Knit stitches for the instep and purl stitches for the soles are just a little departure from the norm to keep the sock knitter interested and the sock wearer extra comfortable with the smooth inside touching the foot. After another mirror image 2-color slipped stitch design, the toes are completed in the contrasting color.


  • XS (S, M, L) 6.5 (7.5, 8.5, 9.5)” / [16.5 (19, 21.5, 24) cm] foot circumference 0.5 to 1” negative ease recommended. Shown in size Medium.
  • Mirrored slipped stitch patterns
  • Instructions for using double pointed needles

Materials you need at home:

  • set of DPNs US size 1 (2.25 mm)
  • The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering (90% Wool, 10% Mohair; 328 yards [300 meters]/100 grams): CUF016 Helvellyn (MC, 1 skein), CUF014 Buttermere (CC, 1 skein).
  • stitch holders
  • tapestry needle
  • Markers, removable markers
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Renate Kamm/Yarn-Stube Designs

I live in San Diego, CA and recently retired from an amazing international work live. I’ve published my first pattern in 2013. Now I design and knit and crochet full time. It was easy to switch from work-travel to pleasure-travel. Should you be interested in any of my designs or patterns and need more information before you make the purchase, please don’t hesitate and send me your questions. I will answer any questions as promptly as possible.

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