30th Jul 2009

Pattern: Thatched

(Note: a PDF version of this pattern is also available.)


Finished Size

To fit a woman’s medium foot


v 1 skein Knit One Crochet Too Soxx Appeal, 50g/190m (See note!)

v Set of 5 US 1/2.25mm double-pointed needles

v Set of US 2/2.75mm double-pointed needles

v Tapestry needle


16 stitches and 23 rows = 2 inches in thatched bamboo stitch before blocking


v I highly recommend trying these socks on as you go, especially if you are not used to knitting with elasticized yarn. It took me several goes at the pattern before feeling comfortable with my tension.

v Stitches should be increased in increments of 4 if adjustments are needed in order to get a well-fitting sock.

v After finishing the pair, I had about five yards of yarn left over. If you think your foot or ankle is larger than a woman’s size 8-8.5 with a medium width, you might like to buy two skeins of yarn. As they say, better safe than sorry!


CO cast on
K knit
k2tog knit two stitches together as one
P purl

RHN right-hand needle
Sl slip stitch
SSK slip 1 stitch knit-wise, slip next stitch purl-wise, knit the two stitches together through the back loop
YO yarn over
* starting point of repeat

Stitch Guide

Thatched Bamboo

Row 1 K1, *yo, k2, pick up yarn over, draw it over the two knit stitches, and drop it from the RHN,* k1

Row 2 Knit

Row 3 k2, *yo, k2, pick up yarn over, draw it over the two knit stitches, and drop it from the RHN,* k2

Row 4 Knit

Eye of Partridge Stitch

Row 1 Sl 1, p to end

Row 2 Sl 1, *k1, sl 1,* repeat from * to end, knit remaining stitch

Row 3 Sl 1, p to end

Row 4 Sl 1, k1, *k1, sl 1,* repeat from * to end, knit remaining stitch

Gusset Decrease

Row 1 K to last two st on ndl 1, k2tog; k across ndl 2 (instep ndl) in pattern; ssk at beg of ndl 3, k to end

Row 2 K across ndl 1; k across ndl 2 in pattern; k across ndl 3

Toe Decrease

Ndl 1 Knit until 3 st rem, k2tog, k1

Ndl 2 K1, ssk, k to end

Ndl 3 As ndl 1

Ndl 4 As ndl 2


Using larger needles, CO 48 stitches and join in round, being careful not to twist. Distribute stitches evenly between needles.


Switch to smaller needles as you begin cuff stitches. Work in k1-p1 rib for 1 inch.


There is no leg! But you will need to divide for the heel flap by placing 24 stitches on each of two needles.

Heel Flap

Work in Eye of Partridge stitch for 24 rows.

Turn Heel

Row 1 Sl1, p12, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2 Sl1, k4, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 3 Purl to first st before gap formed on previous row, p2tog, p1, turn. Row 4 Knit to first st before gap formed on previous row, k2tog, k1, turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been worked. Fourteen stitches remain on your needle.


Using a new needle, pick up and knit stitches along edge of gusset. Knit across instep needle in pattern. Using another new needle, pick up and knit stitches along other edge of gusset. Knit across half of the remaining heel stitches. Transfer remaining stitches to the first gusset needle; you now have three needles.

Begin your gusset decrease rounds; continue to decrease until 48 st remain (24 on instep needle and 12 each on needles 1 & 3).


Ndl 1: knit in stocking stitch; Ndl 2: knit in pattern; Ndl 3: knit in stocking stitch. Continue in this manner until you reach your desired foot length less 1 inch, ending with Row 4 of the Thatched Bamboo stitch pattern. (Note: this is where you’ll want to try on the sock for size; elasticized yarn can be very stretchy!)


Divide instep stitches onto two needles.

Knit two rounds even. Work one toe dec round every other row until 32 st remain.

Work toe dec rnd every row for three more rounds (20 st rem).

Knit across Ndl 1 with Ndl 4. Combine stitches on Ndls 2 & 3 onto a single ndl (10 st on each of two needles).


Graft st together using Kitchener stitch. (Tip: Knitting Daily’s Sandi Wisehart has a fantastic blog post for those who hate the Kitchener stitch!)

Weave in ends and block.

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