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Tuiki-Tuiki Ribbed Socks

Tuiki-Tuiki Ribbed Socks

These ribbed socks have a simple colorwork section. The name comes from the colorwork section which reminds me of a twinkling star (tuiki tuiki means twinkle twinkle in Finnish).

This pair of socks is knitted cuff down and the pattern comes with a french heel.

There are sizes for both men and women.



Select size with approximately 0.8″ [2cm] of negative ease. Measure your foot circumference around the ball of the foot.

S (M) L / 48 (56) 64 sts. Length of foot and leg can be adjusted.

Foot circumference (unstretched)

Cuff : 7 (8) 9″ [17 (20) 23 cm] around

Gauge, notions, needles


With smaller needles 28 sts and 36 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stockinette after blocking.

With bigger needles 26 sts and 36 rows per 4″ (10cm) in stranded colorwork after blocking.

The gauge works for light DK / sport weight yarn. If you prefer a bit thicker yarn you can get size M socks by making size S with gauge 24 sts per 4″ (10 cm). Note that the yardage may vary if you use a different yarn or gauge than the sample uses.

Recommended needles

Main needles: US 1.5 32″ [2.5mm 80cm] or longer circular needles. 

Colorwork needles: US 2.5 32″ [3mm 80cm] or longer circular needles.

If you need help with needle selection please read this guide.


Scissors, tapestry needle


Yarn used in the sample

Sample uses light DK weight wool and nylon blend Novita Nalle (284 yards (260 meters) / 100g and for the orange contrasting color fingering weight wool and nylon blend Ruskanlehti Wool sock held double (DK).


The yardage depends on your foot size but with the amounts listed below you should be able to make the largest size.

  • MC: 285 yds [260 meters]
  • CC: 143 yds [130 meters]
  • CC2: 29 yds [26 meters]



Knitting abbreviations used in this pattern you can find here.

About the pattern

This pair of socks is knitted cuff down and the pattern comes with a french heel. The pattern is written for the magic loop method but can be adjusted for double-pointed needles.


With CC and main needles CO 48 (56) 64 sts. Divide stitches evenly on two needles 24 (28) 32 sts per needle. Sample uses long tail cast on method. 

Work 1.5 (1.5) 1.5″ [4 (4) 4 cm] of ribbing *(k1, p1) repeat from * to BOR. 

K one row.

With bigger needles work colorwork chart according to your size starting from lower right corner.

Break CC. With smaller needles and MC k one row.

Pattern:  *(k3, p1), repeat from * to BOR

Work in pattern until your leg measures 6 (6.5) 7″ [15 (16.5) 18 cm] or desired length.



Following rows 1-2 are worked flat on Needle 2 only.

  • Row 1 (RS): k all
  • Row 2 (WS): k1, p until 1 st remain, k1

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until your heel flap has 24 (28) 32 rows.

Turning the heel

Following rows 3-6 are worked on Needle 2 only.

  • Row 3 (RS): k13 (15) 17, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 4 (WS): mds, p3, p2tog, p1, turn
  • Row 5 (RS): mds, k to ds, ssk, k1, turn
  • Row 6 (WS): mds, p to ds, p2tog, p1, turn

Repeat rows 5 & 6 3 (4) 5 more times. A total of 14 (16) 18 sts remaining on Needle 2.

Gusset decreases

Resume working in the round. On Needle 1 (instep) continue working in pattern on Needle 2 (sole) work in stockinette.

K to end of Needle 2. With Needle 2 pickup and knit 12 (14) 16 sts along the left side of the heel flap (pickup the thread between the garter bumps). BOR will be here. Work in pattern to the end of Needle 1. Pickup and knit 12 (14) 16 sts along the right side of the heel flap. K to end of Needle 2.

You should have now a total of 38 (44) 50 sts on Needle 2 and 24 (28) 32 sts on Needle 1.

Round 7

  • Needle 1: work in pattern
  • Needle 2: ssk, k until 2 sts remain, k2tog

Round 8

  • Needle 1: work in pattern
  • Needle 2: k all

Repeat rounds 7 & 8 6 (7) 8 more times. A total of 24 (28) 32 sts remaining on Needle 2.

The heel is now finished.


Pattern: k knitted sts, p purled sts

Work in pattern until your foot measures 1.8 (2.2) 2.4″ [4.4 (5.5) 6 cm] less than the desired length. If your row gauge is different from the one on this pattern you can use this calculator to check when you should start the toe decreases.

Decrease round

  • Needle 1:  k1, ssk, work in pattern to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1
  • Needle 2:  k1, ssk, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1

Decrease every other round a total of 6 (7) 8 times. Between the decrease rounds work in pattern. A total of 24 (28) 32 sts remaining.

Decrease every round 3 (4) 4 times. 12 (12) 16 sts remaining.

Break the yarn leaving approximately 12″ (30cm) tail. Close the toe using the Kitchener stitch.

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