Beaded Argyle socks

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These socks are knitted on two needles using a beautifully soft merino wool yam. A luxurious wool/cashmere blend yarn can be substituted if you are feeling more extravagant. The classic Argyle pattern is created using a combination of beads and Swiss-darned embroidery.

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Before you start


Thread 42 beads onto yarn A. Using 2.75mm needles and yarn A, cast on 58 sts and then change to yarn B. Starting at the bottom right of the chart on page 71, work 12 rows in ki, pi rib, using the colours indicated on the chart and carrying the yarns up the side of the work. Change to 3.25mm needles and continue in stocking stitch, starting with a knit row. The chart represents one side of the sock. The Argyle design and shaping are symmetrical on each side, so work from right to left across each row, then work back from left to right across the same row. Move up to the next row and repeat this process. Decrease at the beginning of a row by k2tog tbl; decrease at the end of a row by k2tog. Note that the beads are knitted into the socks at this stage, but the Swiss darning is added after the knitting is finished. After working row 62 of the chart, follow the written instructions to complete the sock.


Row 2 & all unspecified WS rows: Purl.

Row 3: K14 and turn.

Row 5: K13 and turn.

Row 7: K12 and turn.

Row 9: K11 and turn.

Row 11: K10 and turn.

Row 13: K9 and turn.

Row 15: K8 and turn.

Row 17: K7 and turn.

Row 19: K8 and turn.

Row 21: K9 and turn.

Row 23: K10 and turn.

Row 25: K11 and turn.

Row 27: K12 and turn.

Row 29: K13 and turn.

Row 31: K14 and turn.

Row 33: K15 and turn.

Row 35: Knit across all 54 sts.


Row 2 & all unspecified RS rows: Knit.

Row 3: P14 and turn.

Row 5: P13 and turn.

Row 7: P12 and turn.


Length from heel to toe: 23cm (9m) Length from top to heel: 20cm (8in)


4ply yarn (100% merino wool; approx. i75m/i9iyds per 50g/20z ball) in 3 colours: A Beige x 2 balls B Cream x small amount for rib and embroidery C Blue x small amount for rib and embroidery


84 small green beads


Two 2.75mm straight needles Two 3.25mm straight needles


28 sts x 38 rows = 10cm (4m) in stocking stitch using 3.25mm needles

ABBREVIATIONS bead 1 - place 1 bead; k - knit; p - purl; RS - right side; st(s) -stitch(es); tbl - through back of loop; tog - together; WS - wrong side

To place a bead, bring the yarn to the front of the work and slide the bead up the yarn until it sits in front of the right needle.

Slip the next stitch purlwise from the left to the right needle without working it.

Take the yarn to the back of the work and knit the next stitch, making sure that the bead sits in front of the slipped stitch on the RS of the work.

Row 9: P11 and turn.

Row 11: P10 and turn.

Row 13: P9 and turn.

Row 15: P8 and turn.

Row 17: P7 and turn.

Row 19: P8 and turn.

Row 21: P9 and turn.

Row 23: P10 and turn.

Row 25: P11 and turn.

Row 27: P12 and turn.

Row 29: P13 and turn.

Row 31: P14 and turn.

Row 33: P15 and turn.

Row 35: Purl across all 54 sts, ending with RS facing.


To make the socks a little larger to give a more comfortable fit for a man, measure around the ankle, just above the joint, and multiply this figure by 2.8 if you are working in metric or 7 if you are working in imperial - this is the number of sts you will need per 1cm (lin). For example, if the ankle measures 23cm (9m): 23 x 2.8 = 64 sts; 9 x 7 = 63 sts. Round up or down to the nearest even number, then add 4 sts to account for the leg shaping. Cast on this number of stitches and work more rows of stocking stitch in the leg section if required; work more rows in the foot section as well (between rows 1 and 52). Take care that you keep the shaping correct, and adjust the position of the Argyle pattern if necessary. This type of adjustment is not suitable for beginners. For a more traditional look, omit the beads and add the cross design using Swiss darning.


Rows 1-52: Beginning with a knit row, work 52 rows in stocking stitch, ending with RS facing for toe shaping. Row 53 (RS): K11, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k2o, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, kn (50 sts). Row 54 & all WS rows: Purl. Row 55: K10, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, ki8, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, kio (46 sts). Row 57: K9, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, ki6, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k9 (42 sts). Row 59: K8, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, ki4, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k8 (38 sts).

To work Swiss darning, thread a yarn needle with the required colour. Bring the needle through to the front of the work at the base of the first stitch to be covered.

Pass the needle underneath both loops of the stitch above.

To work Swiss darning, thread a yarn needle with the required colour. Bring the needle through to the front of the work at the base of the first stitch to be covered.

Pass the needle underneath both loops of the stitch above.

Row 6i: K7, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, ki2, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k7 (34 sts). Row 63: K6, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, kio, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k6 (30 sts). Row 65: K5, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k8, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k5 (26 sts). Row 67: K4, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k6, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k4 (22 sts). Row 69: K3, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k4, k2tog, k2, k2tog tbl, k3 (18 sts). Row 70: Purl. Cast off knitwise.


Using yarns B and C and referring to the chart, embroider the motif using Swiss darning.

See steps 4-7

Sew in any loose ends to WS on all the pieces, then block and steam gently. Fold the sock lengthways, RS together, and sew the back seam using a fine backstitch. Turn RS out and fold so that the seam is at centre back. Oversew the toe seam on the RS.

centre point o:

Swiss Darning Chart

Bring the yarn through the base of the next stitch to be covered. Continue placing Swiss darning as indicated on the chart.

61 59 57 55 53

  • Yarn A
  • Yarn B
  • Yarn C
  • KonRS, p on WS Pon RS, kon WS Bead 1 Swiss darn

33 31 29

27 25 23

centre point

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