Pattern: Faux Entrelac Socks

Originally published in the November, 2018 issue of Yarniverse, for the Sock Crush yarn subscription service.

The main pattern on these socks uses a cunning combination of yarnovers and decreases to create a lacy motif which has the the criss-crossing look of entrelac, but without all that tedious turning-the-work-every-few-stitches which entrelac requires.


    Faux entrelac pattern is quite stretchy and sock will expand to fit a range of foot measurements. Finished measurements are therefore quite variable. To fit adult-size feet/ankle girths up to about:
    • Small: 8.5” (21.5cm)
    • Large: 9.5” (24cm)

    Skills required

    • Knitting
    • Purling
    • Yarnovers
    • Increasing
    • Decreasing
    • Working small circumferences in the round (DPNs, two circulars, or magic loop)
    • Short rows with wrapping and turning and working the wraps back into the knitting
    • Judy’s Magic Cast-On or other method which allows you to cast on in a closed tube
    • Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off or other method which creates a stretchy bind-off edge

    Materials needed

    • Yarn: Fingering weight, 265 yards for small size, 360 yards for large size - model shown is size small and used 74g of Red Sock Blue Sock Yarn "Cashmerino Sock", 80% merino/10% nylon/10% cashmere goat, 400yds/115g, colour Rain Cloud
    • Needles: 2.25mm
    • Three stitch markers: one for beginning of rounds, plus two more
    • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
    • (optional) Stitch holder or 8”-long spare length of yarn in similar gauge as main yarn


    • 32 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch stitch

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