Toe-up Easy Sock Knitting Pattern

Dyeing to Spin & Knit is the new book from Felicia Lo. It is full of glorious colour, useful techniques and spinning perfection.

Toe up Toolbox SocksUnapologetic – is how Felicia Lo always describes her obsession with colour and craft. In Dyeing to Spin and Knit, Felicia, founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns and highly sought after teacher and lecturer, provides clear and accessible guidance for creating gorgeous hand-dyed yarns and spinning fibers and an understanding of how dyeing affects knitted yarn and handspun yarn.

Fibre artists will learn the fundamentals of how colour works, how to combine and coordinate colours, and how to control the results when dyeing wool and silk yarns and fibres.

Spinners will learn how to subdue intense and bright colourways or prevent muddiness in handspun.

Knitters will gain the knowledge to avoid or maximise the effects of pooling. And finally, this book will include 10 patterns that use hand-dyed and handspun yarns and fibres to their most exciting advantage in knitting projects.

To give you a little taste of the book, Felicia has given us a FREE bonus project for you all to try. She has said “My go-to socks are generally knit from the cuff down, but while that is quick and easy, it is more difficult to estimate how to use up all the yardage. This sock recipe is for knitting plain stockinette socks from the toe up, so that you can knit until you run out of yarn! This is ideal for getting the most out of a gradient-dyed or self-striping sock yarn. It’s a great pattern to have in your knitting toolbox”.


About 7″ (18 cm) foot circumference, 9.” (23.5cm) foot length from back of heel to tip of toe, and 10″ (25.5 cm) leg length from top of cuff to base of heel. Stretches to fit an 8″ ankle circumference.


Fingering weight (#1 Super Fine).

400 yards of fingering-weight yarn

Shown here: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock

(80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 425 yd [388m]/4 oz [115 g]): blueberry jam (self-striping version), 1 skein.

Shown here: SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock

(80% superwash merino, 20% nylon; 425 yd [388m]/4 oz [115 g]): gradient-dyed knitted blank, 1skein.

Dyeing to Spin & KnitNEEDLES

U.S. 1 (2.25 mm): set of 5 double-pointed (dpn) or 32″ (80 cm) or 40″ (100 cm) circular (cir).

Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.


Markers (m); tapestry needle.


9 sts and 12 rnds = 1 in (2.5 cm) in St st, worked in rnds.


I always knit my socks using the Magic Loop technique on a long 40″ (100 cm) circular knitting needle, but of course, you can adjust the pattern to use double-pointed needles, if that is your preference.

Download the pattern for the socks here

Pre-order Dyeing to Spin & Knit now and you will get the eBook for FREE so you can start knitting straight away.

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Nadine dabbles in a wide range crafts. If it's pretty and she wants to make it, she'll learn the technique to do so. She is also never without a cup of tea in her hands.