Zanzibar Sock Complete

I’ve been sneaking in a few rows here and there on the Zanzibar sock as a break from the baby blankie and I binged it the last couple of days to finish it. Here it is, it’s done! I now have the cutest pair of stripey socks that I can’t wear for at least five months because it’s too hot now. But just you wait until the cold weather comes back.

In the meantime, I’m barefoot and fancy free! Something about me – I’m totally not a fan of footwear, as soon as I enter any house, off come the shoes.

So let’s have a look at these socks, shall we?


I knit these cuff-down using a simple pattern from Kate Atherley’s Custom Socks: Knit To Fit Your Feet. It is such an awesome book, so informative about measuring feet and adjusting patterns to make sure your socks fit. And it actually is able to be understood. I had a post earlier in the year about measuring my feet. I did not need to adjust the pattern and they fit so perfect! They are snug but not tight, they still stretch as I move my foot, and they are comfortable as heck.


The side ridge of the heel flap looks a little funny, as if it sits out from the foot, but it doesn’t feel like that at all. I love them!


You can check out the original Zanzibar sock post here.

They were knit using 2.5mm (US1) size circular needles using the magic loop method, one at a time. My yarn was fingering weight sock yarn.

Techniques learned:

  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together to perform a right slanting stitch decrease
  • ssk – slip slip knit, to perform a left slanting stitch decrease
  • picking up stitches along an edge
  • 1 by 1 ribbing (knit 1, purl 1)

I can’t believe I already have sock knitting urges only a few hours after finishing these! That’s not fair.

Until next time, have fun!

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