Cheshire Stripe Sock

My rendition of the ever popular scrappy sock pattern is the Cheshire Stripe Sock.  I love the look of a scrappy sock but hate weaving in all those ends so instead pick only four colors to knit with…..fewer ends to deal with!

This pattern is written for both the Magic Loop method and for double point needles. It is a top down pattern with an afterthought heel. I’ve added a link in the pattern to my YouTube video on how to knit jogless stripes.


The individual pattern price is $2.50 but comes as a freebie if you sign up for the 2018 Wonderland Sock Club that I mentioned in my last post.  I hope you consider joining us next year as we knit six fun patterns.


Wonderland Sock (first club sock)



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Wonderland Sock Club (6 patterns plus 2 bonus patterns)


2 thoughts on “Cheshire Stripe Sock

  1. I just finished my very first pair of socks, toe-up, afterthought heel, 2.25 mm 32″ circular needles for Magic Loop.

    I didn’t know I could knit so badly/ In my mind, it was a total disaster. I did toe-up because I didn’t want to have to learn Kitchener stitch. Surprise, surprise, I had to learn it anyway on the heels. I hated it.

    Now that I have them on, they are too loose, compared to the store-bought socks I have worn for 70 years. I cast on 72 sts because my foot circumference is 9.5″. But I think I would like them better if I omitted an inch of cast-on sts. And, maybe 1/2″ shorter in length. Would you recommend casting on 64 sts?

    I have read your Wonderland pattern. It is top down, a different heel, and Kitchener stitch at the toe. Do you think I will have a very different (for the better) experience?

    I know I can do this. Millions of knitters are successfully knitting socks and giving them as gifts. I know I can do this.

    I would appreciate hearing your comments or recommendations.

    Mary Hutson
    myrainshadow2 on Ravelry

    • Hi Mary,
      I’m so sorry your first sock experience was not a good one but, rest assured, that is not unusual. My first pair was a disaster – one was huge and the other small. You just need a little practice.

      I will try to help as much as I can. If I were sitting beside you the first thing I would check is your gauge. Since we are all so different in how we knit, the fabric you get on a 2.25mm needle may not be the same as what I get. If your sock was that loose then you may need to go down 1-2 sizes in your needle size to get what the gauge specifies in the pattern. You want to have negative ease in a sock rather than having it match your foot exactly. Handknit socks get looser as you wear them.

      You may also need to cast on fewer stitches. I have an 8-1/2″ circumference and for a plain stockinette sock I cast on 60 sts. I only cast on 72 for my hubby when I’m knitting a cable pattern because the cable really pulls it in.

      A stockinette sock like the Cheshire sock has no give at all compared to a patterned lace sock like the Wonderland sock. I like to tell new sock knitters to start with a ribbed pattern which is more forgiving in fit. The Wonderland sock has ribbing in the back to make the 60 st cast on fit the average foot and also stretch out to the slightly-above-average foot size. A couple of the testers thought 60 sts would be too small for them and they opted for the 72 st sock which ended up being larger than they thought it would be. Lace is stretchy and the Wonderland pattern is a very simple lace pattern.

      When I first learned the Kitchener stitch I had to go into a quiet room with no sound and no interruptions. I’m confident you can do it if you watch a couple You Tube videos. It is so common in patterns that it’s worth learning. I can always send you a star toe variation that gradually decreases down to a few sts that you just pull the tail through to finish.

      The heel flap on the Wonderland sock fits better for most people than the afterthought heel that is on the Cheshire stripe sock.

      These patterns all have a wide variety of different techniques in them and I have picked each one to expand the skill set of those who just knit plain vanilla socks.

      My advice is to keep trying because socks are very rewarding and a portable project you can take anywhere. Definitely cast on fewer stitches. Check you gauge on the sock you already knit and compare it to the one on the pattern. I think 64 sts will fit your foot. I just knit a pair of 64 st socks for my hubby who has a size 12 foot and 9-3/4″ circumference.

      You have already started with two things that totally intimidated me when I was a beginner —- toe up socks and afterthought heels! You can do this!

      PS I tried to send this to the email under your name and was unsuccessful

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