Ruusu socks pattern

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Colorwork socks with a rose motif and strong heel

This pattern is available on my Ravelry store.

Ruusu means rose in Finnish. It has a colorwork rose on both sides of the cuff and the pattern comes with a strong heel with beautiful cable detail.

This pretty pair of socks is knitted toe up. The pattern is written for the magic loop method, but can be adjusted for double pointed needles.

The Ladder-Back Jacquard technique is used in the colorwork section and the fabric is thus stretchier than stranded colorwork would produce. If you knit stranded colorwork you might need more stitches or bigger needles for the colorwork section.

Gauge, notions, needles

56 (60, 64, 68, 72) sts
S1 (S2, M1, M2, L)

Finished measurements (unstretched):
Cuff : 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9)’’
17.5 (19, 20, 21, 22.5) cm around
Select size with approximately 0.8’’ 2cm
of negative ease. Measure your foot
circumference around the ball of the foot.

Needles: US 0 30’’ 2mm 80cm and US 1
30’’ 2.25mm 80cm or longer circular
Adjust needle size to obtain the
correct gauge.

Other: Tapestry needle

Gauge: 32 sts and 44 rows per 4 inches
(10cm) in stockinette after blocking.


Fingering weight sock yarn.
MC: 437 yards (400 meters)
CC: 88 yards (80 meters)

Sample socks:
Size: 60 sts
Foot length: 9.4’’ (24 cm)
Leg length: 8.7’’ (22 cm)
MC: Louhittaren Luola Väinämöinen 437
yards / 400 meters / 100g,
colour Hattara (256 yards / 236 m / 59g)
CC: Louhittaren Luola Väinämöinen 437
yards / 400 meters / 100g,
colour Hempi (44 yards, 40m / 10g)

Suitable yarns for this project:

Abbreviations used in the pattern

BO = bind off

CC = contrasting color

CO = cast on

k = knit

k1fb = knit into front of the stitch, leave stitch on the needle and knit into the back of the same stitch (= increase 1 st).

k1tbl = Knit 1 through the back loop.

k2tog = Knit 2 stitches together.

MC = main color

mds = Make double stitch. Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front. Bring yarn up, over and back to pull on the slipped stitch until it slides around to show two legs.
If you are unfamiliar with the technique see a tutorial with images here.

p = purl

p1fb = purl into the front and back of one stitch ( = increase 1 st)

ssk = slip 1 st kwise, slip another st kwise, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together ( = decrease 1 st ).

st / sts = stitch / stitches

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