Moorland Socks by Jen Arnall-Culliford

Moorland Socks

September 2021
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
36 stitches and 49 rows = 4 inches
in Stocking stitch in the round, after washing and blocking
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
435 yards (398 m)
To fit ankle and foot circumference: 19.5 (22, 24, 26, 28.5) cm [7¾ (8¾, 9½, 10¼, 11¼) in]
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A garter stitch short-row heel adds a fun twist to a stocking stitch sock, with a self-striping yarn reminiscent of the colours of later summer on the moor. Moorland Socks is the seventh pattern in Confident Knitting.

Small (Medium, Large, XL, XXL)
To fit ankle and foot circumference: 19.5 (22, 24, 26, 28.5) cm [7¾ (8¾, 9½, 10¼, 11¼) in]
Actual ankle and foot circumferences of sock (unstretched): 15.5 (18, 20, 22, 24.5) cm [6 (7, 7¾, 8¾, 9½) in]
Length from cuff to top of heel: 16cm [6¼in]
Foot length and leg height are both fully adjustable within the pattern. Finished sock measures 0.5cm [¼in] less than actual foot length to ensure a good fit.
Show in size Large on ankle circumference 24cm [9½in] and foot circumference 22cm [8¾in].

Fab Funky Fibres Self-Striping Sock Yarn (4ply / fingering weight; 75% merino wool, 25% nylon; 2 x 40g plus 20g mini; 425m per 100g)
Yarn A: Feet Firmly on the Ground 2 x 40g self-striping skeins
Yarn B: Feet Firmly on the Ground 20g mini contrast shade

Approximate yardage
As the foot length is adjustable within the pattern, precise yardages are not possible. 400m [435yds] should be sufficient for all but the very longest XXL sizes.

1 set 2.5mm [US 1.5] double-pointed needles or your preferred needles for working small circumferences in the round, or size to match tension
Stitch markers
Small quantity of waste yarn or stitch holder (optional)
Tapestry needle

36 sts and 49 rounds to 10cm [4in] over stocking stitch in the round, after washing and blocking
36 sts and 70 rows to 10cm [4in] over garter stitch worked flat, after washing and blocking

Photo tutorials for the following techniques can be found within this book:
Garter stitch short-row heel
The following video tutorials can be found on our website at
Long-tail cast on for DPNs
Garter stitch short-row heel

These socks are worked from the cuff down. The cuff is worked in rib, followed by a stocking stitch leg. The contrast yarn is used to work a garter stich short-row heel, before the main yarn is used again to work the foot in stocking stitch.
The sock is completed with a stocking stitch wedge toe and the stitches are grafted together for a seamless finish.
The short-row heel is worked over slightly more than half of the stitches, in order to give a good fit.
The pattern instructions include notes on using the stripes in the yarn to ensure that your socks match.
The foot length and leg height of your socks are easily adjusted within the pattern.