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Weldon’s-Inspired Re-Footed Socks Knitting Pattern

Project Type Socks
Categories Knitting
Author Katrina King
Format Project/Pattern

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Generations of handknitters have knit plain-vanilla socks, accepting the fact that the foot will eventually wear out. Why not plan ahead as the Victorians did? Reknit those thread-worn soles.

Weldon’s Practical Needlework offers no end of inspiration to the modern sock knitter. Katrina King shares her adaptation of Weldon’s innovative re-footed sock. The leg and heel are knit in the usual manner. But once the heel is turned—that’s when the magic happens. The gusset and top of the instep get worked separately for easy repairs.


  • Brown Sheep Company Wildfoote Luxury Sock, 75% washable wool/25% nylon yarn, fingering weight, 215 yard (196.6 m)/50 gram (1.76 oz) skein, 2 skeins of #SY28 Blue Flannel (MC) and 1 skein of #SY22 Peasant Blue (CC)
  • Needles, size 1 (2.25 mm) set of 5 double pointed (dpn) and circular (cir) 16" (40 cm)
  • Locking stitch markers, 2
  • Stitch holder or scrap yarn (optional)
  • Tapestry needle 

Finished size: Foot circumference, about 9¼" (23.5 cm) around base of toes; leg length, 9" (22.9 cm) from top of cuff to top of heel flap; foot length, 10" (25.4 cm) from back of heel to tip of toes.

Gauge: 32 sts and 44 rnds = 4" (10.2 cm) in St st.

Originally published: PieceWork Fall 2020

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