Cubist Socks by Cookie A

May 24, 2010
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This sock pattern is knit from the top down and features stylized textured cubes using a combination of garter stitch, decreases, and yarnover  increases. Shown in Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino, a special colorway created in conjunction with the dyers at Koigu, they recall the colors used in some of Picasso’s cubist paintings.

Cookie A

100% superwash wool, fingering weight, 350-450 yards
Shown in Koigu Painters Palette Premium Merino, color 731

US Size 1.5 / 2.5mmor size needed to obtain gauge

Tapestry needle

In stockinette, blocked: 8 stitches and 12 rows per inch
In pattern, blocked: 8 stitches and 11 rows per inch

This stitch pattern does not have much give. For a larger leg, work on bigger needles.

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Oksana@2 wrote
on Mar 22, 2012 12:59 AM

Found it! God bless and Rosyhf for the hint. You will find the pattern here;

Happy knitting.


Oksana@2 wrote
on Mar 22, 2012 12:45 AM

Well, this is a major bummer. Can't download it from here (as advertised), and also no luck on Maybe someone who already has it could post it for those of us who are still looking??? Sure hope so!

rosyhf wrote
on Feb 1, 2012 7:54 PM

Ladies, please go to Ravelry or and get the pattern.



gilthews wrote
on Jan 21, 2012 12:37 AM

I'm yet another disappointed Sockupied eMag purchaser - please let us download this pattern, please, please, please.

BettyW@10 wrote
on Dec 29, 2011 9:15 PM

I just purchased this emagazine & part of the reason I did is for the patterns.  Now I find I can no longer download this pattern.  I feel deceived.  I've paid too much money for an emagazine that is mostly advertisements & little else.

Northof60 wrote
on Jan 3, 2011 6:31 PM

So, I just bought sockupied just before Christmas and cannot download this pattern.  Don't advertise it if you are not going to honour it.  Very annoying as there is not a lot in the emag to begin with.

Anita@71 wrote
on Dec 23, 2010 10:02 AM

Just downloaded Sockupied and this was linked on the emag.  Unfortunately, it seems this pattern download is no longer allowed.  Therefore, it should not have been included as a link on the emag.  Was looking forward to trying this on my next pair of socks.

MXS wrote
on Dec 23, 2010 6:38 AM

Why is this no longer available for download? Is there any other place this pattern is published?

wldnovacat wrote
on Jun 8, 2010 7:27 AM

These look like great fun! Perfect for my night knitting after the kids are fast asleep and I need to unwind!!

on Jun 6, 2010 7:18 AM

Obviously my mistake. 31 stitches decreased down to 19 = 12 decreases in 12 rows would put me on the correct row to continue.

on Jun 6, 2010 6:50 AM

I am working this sock on a Malabrigo variegated yarn and the pattern is working well with it.  I wonder if there's an error in the pattern at the end of the heel turn.  Pattern says there will be 19 stitches left and will be ready to work a RS row.  I got 18 stitches and ready to work a WS row.  I just worked a WS row to get back where the pattern says to be and made a stitch in the center of that row. Wondered if anyone else has encountered this before I move on.

AnneS@24 wrote
on Jun 5, 2010 2:55 PM

Nice pattern, but it must be an error here - on page 3:

The pattern tells you to decrease until 66 st.
Then - "72 st - 36 top of foot and 36 sole".  This must be wrong? 66 = 72???
66 must be the right number here - 33 top + 33 sole.

blivak wrote
on Jun 4, 2010 11:31 AM

I see others have had the same questions I did,  My mother doesn't read charts and I'm trying to translate the charts to text, but the first chart called for is the Cable chart and there is no chart with that name.  Does anyone ever respond to our questions?  Or for those of you have started the sock, can you help?

stargazin395 wrote
on Jun 4, 2010 8:57 AM

If the blocked gauge is 8 stitches per inch, then how do you know if what you are knitting before blocking is correct? 

on Jun 2, 2010 5:13 AM

"What I love about these socks is that the stitchwork is pretty simple—just knits, purls, yarnovers and decreases-and it looks great in multicolored yarns."  What utter nonsense.  The stitch might be very attractive, but in the blotchy wool it's completely lost.  Why do you think the army uses that sort of stuff for camouflage.

Yarnsnob wrote
on Jun 1, 2010 8:11 PM

Oh, it is definitely true that the pattern does not have much give.  I knitted one sock of a pair in an entrelac design.  No way would it go over my foot!

I read a tip about working entrelac, which is supposed to result in more elasticity:  do not slip the first stitch when knitting the squares.  Although it makes for a tidy way to see your pickup stitches, there is a trade-off in elasticity.  Knit the first stitch and simply pick every other stitch through a single loop (back).  I'm going to try it for this pair!

Yarnsnob wrote
on Jun 1, 2010 8:05 PM

Thanks so much for offering this Cookie A design!  I'm in the mood for a challenge, since I just completed another plain pair.  I've been using the slick, metal DPNs sold by Knit Pick's lately.  The nice sharp points are perfect for the stitch manipulation necessary for Cookie A's designs, and they're FAST.  Maybe I'll cast these on tonight!


DiannaR wrote
on May 31, 2010 11:12 AM

Great socks and If you want to see them in plain yarn, join where several people have them up in their projects.

Patti42 wrote
on May 29, 2010 9:54 PM

It looks great - thank you !!

on May 29, 2010 2:55 PM

To Pamjw.....Clear all of your cookies on your computer and them try again.  I had the same problem a while back and that is what the computer gurus told me to do and it worked like a charm.  Good luck!  Rhonda S.

annieb47 wrote
on May 29, 2010 8:55 AM

I agree 200% w/ Marangouin that the variegated yarn disguises, too much, the lovely knitting pattern. My rule of thumb is to feature either yarn or feature knitting technique (cables, lace, whatever), not both in the same project. Otherwise you lose the dynamics of both.

priscilla62 wrote
on May 29, 2010 8:15 AM

vos chaussettes sont magnifiques et très original 



KnitScrapSew wrote
on May 29, 2010 7:29 AM

BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I'm currently working on my first pair of Cookie A socks (Devon), and I'm really enjoying them.

suea1 wrote
on May 29, 2010 4:41 AM

I agree that this looks lovely!  But I also agree with a a previous poster about a confusion:  "Work Cable Chart" I think should be "Work Cuff Chart"...??  Also, I don't understand why the red box around the Leg Chart is stepped from Rows 1-12.  I do understand the instruction about k2 stitiches each time I start Row 1 (that is every 16 rows, right?), but what's up with the steps?  Thanks for providing this pattern, and for any help you might give!

Maringouin wrote
on May 29, 2010 12:09 AM

To my eyes, the yarn she uses is so 'lively' that it completely conceals the intricacy of the pattern. I'll be knitting it up in a plain yarn so the 'cubes' can show more clearly.

Beadntat wrote
on May 28, 2010 6:07 PM

While I love CookieA's sock designs, including this new Cubist pattern, I must admit patterns like this are not for the faint of heart...or the 1st time sock knitter. Unless you are already adept at knitting in the round (dpns or Magic loop/2 circs) with fine gauge yarns and knitting lace patterning from charts, then I suggest you save this pattern for later. Go knit some plain socks and a charted lace project such as a scarf first, then come back and try Cookie's socks once you have these other skills mastered. For most knitters building the essential skills separately before putting them all together in one moderately complex sock design will save many headaches adn trips to the frog pond.

Another note....US needles in the smaller sizes do not have the same external diameter or numbering system as those manufactured and sold in Europe and elsewhere. A US 1 needle = 2.25mm; a US 2 = 2.75mm. A Euro 1 = 2.5mm, a very common size for knitting socks with fingering wt. yarns. Cookie has recommended this 2.5mm needle (which can be found for sale in the US if you look).

I love knitting lace and I love knitting socks, so this should be a fun pattern to create. Good luck to everyone knitting Cubist socks!

Laura LS wrote
on May 28, 2010 5:41 PM
leannenisha wrote
on May 28, 2010 5:39 PM

this looks awesome!!  Ive never knitted socks before, but, Im going to give this a go!!  Thanks for the wonderful patterns!! 


Leanne from Australia xo

GraceG wrote
on May 28, 2010 4:41 PM

there is an error when trying to download this wonderful pattern:(

Carol@231 wrote
on May 28, 2010 3:48 PM
sschlue wrote
on May 28, 2010 2:45 PM

Looks so fun!

BarbM@7 wrote
on May 28, 2010 2:35 PM

Beautiful pattern, but....instructions for Cuff: ....Work Cable Chart. I can find foot, heel, leg and cuff. No cable.  Am I to assume that the Cuff chart and Cable chart are one and the same? Seems logical, but I often mess up 'logical' :-)

Thanks in advance.

Mthrrhonda wrote
on May 28, 2010 2:24 PM

Sorry!  Found the charts...but the needles?

Mthrrhonda wrote
on May 28, 2010 2:21 PM

What "Leg Chart"?  It's not in the pattern.  Also don't know what US size 1.5/2.5 mm is.  Sounds like a European size?

elf627 wrote
on May 28, 2010 1:14 PM

Cookie A.!  My favorite designer!  Love her patterns!

JaneK@12 wrote
on May 28, 2010 1:13 PM

Help!  I cannot download the file. I get the message that the file is damaged and cannot be opened.   Any suggestions?

on May 28, 2010 12:29 PM
terrymor wrote
on May 28, 2010 12:04 PM

Just started the cuff of a new set of socks this morning..........will try this pattern.......good timing on my part!!  Thank-you!!

SandraS wrote
on May 28, 2010 11:44 AM

just lovely!! Thank you for the free pattern and have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!

Elkhorn, WI

kreweel wrote
on May 28, 2010 11:15 AM

This is a great looking sock and I would love to knit it, but I DON'T do charts, is there written instructions for this?



Lee Werk

ShannonO@9 wrote
on May 28, 2010 10:52 AM

"This stitch pattern does not have much give. For a larger leg, work on bigger needles." -- What size/circumfrence foot is this designed for originally?  I don't see that anywhere.

Beautiful pattern, though.

gbryant wrote
on May 28, 2010 10:33 AM

Pam, here's some low-level computer help.  Be sure you have Adobe Acrobat reader downloaded on your computer.  It's a free download at .  You'll need Reader to see the patterns.  You might also check your firewall and security blocks to be sure these are not blocking your download. Good luck!

KathyD@16 wrote
on May 28, 2010 10:30 AM

What a lovely pattern and I have the perfect yarn for it!  Thanks!

But - The instructions say that at the end of the gusset decreases there are 66 stitches and at the end of the foot before starting decreases there are 72 stitches.  Seems like the 66 is the right number since there are 33 stitches on the foot chart.


Bookworm2013 wrote
on May 28, 2010 10:21 AM

Ah, another lovely pattern from the great Cookie A!   I've made lots of jaywalkers and everyone love them - non-knitters think it's such a difficult pattern, and who am I to disabuse them?  Knitters know how much fun they are to knit, and how they show off lovely yarns.  And here's another  for the foot show! Will the magical pattern be lost in variegated yarns, though?  It looks a little like that in the picture.  I may try a softer color mix so those cubes really jump out.  Thank you, Cookie!

Nancy in N MN - -- geminiknitter on ravelry --

Casey@13 wrote
on May 28, 2010 9:48 AM

Thanks so much for this pattern!  I've been pondering a change in my basic sock knitting style (read: made the same sock in nine or ten different yarns --boring!), and what appears in my e-mail today but Cookie A's "Cubist Socks" - and with charts to boot!  Since I've never forced myself to actually learn to read charts comfortably, this could be a very good thing on so many levels!

Pamjw wrote
on May 28, 2010 9:43 AM

HELP!!    COMPUTER    help     that    is!!    EVERY time  I     TRY       to download the Free Paterns. . . .  it won't work!!   Any clues? Any help??    ANY OTHER Way to Download the free patterns, or other downloads on ths site????

THANKS for trying!

with all sincerity,

Pam W

cynthia 55 wrote
on May 28, 2010 9:39 AM

thank you very much for the pattern this will be fun.

SBiswas wrote
on May 28, 2010 9:11 AM

Thank you for nice instruction,I like to knit this socks ,pattern is WOW !!

ALA wrote
on May 28, 2010 9:04 AM

Woohooo!!! I have been looking for more interesting patterns for my variegated sock yarn! YAY!

katlace wrote
on May 28, 2010 9:01 AM

Thank you, just what I was looking for today. Don't know how to knit socks so this will be nice to learn.

IngridS@3 wrote
on May 28, 2010 8:49 AM

Thank you so much for offering this pattern!