cross gartered

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This is the first time I’ve ever hosted a contest to name a pattern. The winner, Ruth, chose Cross Gartered as a reference to Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, when Olivia tricks Malvolio into believing that she loves him and wants to see him in cross-gartered stockings. As soon as I saw it, I knew that Cross Gartered was meant to be the name of these socks.

Cross Gartered is worked toe-up and features a braided pattern that is worked just before the cuff. (after most of the sock is finished). A link to a video demonstration of the braid technique is included in the pattern.

This sock features a forethought heel with optional short-row gussets.


2.25mm (US 1) needles or size needed to obtain gauge in preferred style for working in the round


8 stitches & 12 rounds per 1 inch/2.5 centimetres in stockinette stitch in the round, after blocking


Narrow (Medium, Wide 1, Wide 2, Wide 3) Circumference: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) inches/ 17.8 (20.3, 22.9, 25.4, 27) centimetres, foot length is customizable


  • Tapestry needle

  • 6 stitch markers

  • Scrap yarn in a contrasting colour

  • Crochet hook the same size as the needles used to obtain gauge

  • 2 cable needles


  • Knit

  • Purl

  • Increases

  • Decreases

  • Short Rows (for optional gussets)

  • Picking up stitches

  • Grafting

  • Dropped stitches

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