Skua by Clare Devine


August 2016
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
32 stitches and 44 rows = 4 inches
in stocking stitch in the round
US 1½ - 2.5 mm
400 yards (366 m)
S (M, L) To fit foot circumference up to: 21 (23, 26)cm / 8.25 (9, 10.25)in
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Skua | long distance migrating sea birds

Elegant slanting lines, bold lace and exceptional yarn combine to create these gorgeous socks. An interesting lace panel gently slants across each leg, meeting to create a central focal point along the inside of the feet. Striking columns of lace and twisting lace cables combine to accentuate the tilt of the panel.

These socks are worked from the top down with a traditional heel flap reinforced with a slipped stitch heel pattern. The lace is rhythmic to knit and easy to remember making Skua an ideal sock project for when you want to relax into your knitting.

Showcase your favourite solid or semi solid sock yarn with this striking pattern.


Kettle Yarn Company Twist (4ply; 100% Bluefaced Leicester; 183m/200yds per 50g skein)
Shade: Old Smoke x 2(2, 2) skeins

2.5mm / US#1.5 needles suitable for working small circumferences in the rnd
Four stitch markers


32 sts and 44 rnds over 10cm / 4in of stocking stitch working in the rnd and blocked, using 2.5mm / US#1.5 needles


S (M, L)
To fit foot circumference up to:
21 (23, 26)cm / 8.25 (9, 10.25)in


This design was originally published in The Knitter - Issue 84 (April 2015). There was an error in the magazine, corrections can be found HERE.

The digital version of this pattern has been corrected.