Pattern: Balthazar's Jumper Socks

I’m a big fan of “Nothing Much To Do”, a web series based on Shakespeare’s play, “Much Ado about Nothing”. It was created by The Candle Wasters, a group of four gifted young New Zealand women. They decided to continue the story by doing a new Shakespeare adaptation, called “Lovely Little Losers”, and based on the play “Love’s Labour’s Lost”. One character from the original series who’s been brought into the new one is fandom-favourite and musician extraordinaire, Balthazar Jones (Reuben Hudson). A promo shot for the new series showed him wearing a beautiful sweater (’jumper’ in New Zealand parlance) with different geometric patterns, so naturally, I was inspired to adapt it into socks!

For more information on the inspiration for the pattern:


  • Women’s: finished leg/foot girth: 8”, leg length to top of heel flap: 6.25”
  • Men’s: finished leg/foot girth: 9.25”, leg length to top of heel flap: 6.75”

Skills required

  • Knitting and purling
  • Increasing and decreasing
  • Chart reading
  • Stranded knitting
  • Grafting
  • Working small circumferences in the round (DPNs, magic loop, or two circulars)
  • Patience

Materials needed

  • Yarn: Fingering weight, as follows:
    • Main colour: 1 ball of Patons "Kroy Socks", 75% wool/25% nylon, 166yds/50g, colour 54048 Silver Fox - model used 107 yards
    • Contrast colour 1: 1 ball of Countrywide "Happy Feet", 75% wool/25% nylon, 235yds/50g, colour 41 - model used 76 yards
    • Contrast colour 2: 1 ball of Regia "Blitz Color", 75% wool/25% nylon, 459yds/100g, colour 02535 - model used 37 yards
    • Contrast colour 3: 1 ball of Sandnes Garn "Sisu", 80% wool/20% nylon, 191yds/50g, colour 1001 - model used 81 yards
    • Contrast colour 4: 1 ball of Knit Picks "Capretta", 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 230yds/50g, colour Turmeric - model used 65 yards
  • Needles: 2.5mm needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder
  • Tapestry needle (for grafting and weaving in ends)


  • 37 stitches and 37 rows = 4 inches in stranded patterns

    Detail of heel

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    Evelyn said...