My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.



I get a lot of requests asking me to provide a “formula” for resizing my basic sock patterns. Well, I don’t know how to express the sizing changes in a formula. In fact, I did a whole blog post on how math-challenged I am.

But I did work up a document that has tables that show you the numbers you need for each point of the pattern (i.e., cast-on number, total number of stitches around, number for gusset increases, etc) for three of my “generic” sock patterns: the toe-up slipstitch heel sock, the toe-up gusset heel sock, and the top-down “Temptation” sock. (I did not do this for my generic short-row heel pattern, because you ought to be able to easily figure this out from the version in “excruciating detail.”)

Anyway, the document is here, in pdf format. It is also linked to from my free patterns page, under the “Help” section. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’.

You ought to be able to figure out further adjustments (in both directions) by looking at the numbers I’ve given. I can, and if I can, anyone can.

Disclaimer: I’m not guaranteeing the numbers here are error-free. I carefully checked for accuracy, but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men. Be forewarned.


Here is the state of the pink blob:


And here is a close-up, which shows nicely, I think, the shoulder shaping which makes the shawl sit obediently upon the shoulder.


Lucy sez


“I don’t know what the big deal is with heat and humidty. It’s perfectly comfy here in my world!”


  1. Love the way it will lay on the shoulders…you’re so smart…

  2. Thank you for the template page! The pink blob is coming out wonderfully.

  3. Thanks so much Wendy! I appreciate the template cause I love your socks (making a pair riiiiiight now, actually).

    And the shawl is such a lovely color. I adore that pink!
    .-= Deinera´s last blog ..Home again =-.

  4. Thank you so much for the template. As a fairly new knitter, it really helps as I am just not experienced enough yet and still need help here and there.
    I think your Lucy is adorable…just don’t tell my Lucy I said that!

  5. thank you, thank you, thank you
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  6. A big thank you for the templates!

  7. A blob no more! It sure looks like a lace shawl these days. Gorgeous!

  8. NewJerseyLaura says:

    Still lovin’ that pink ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Thanks, I slipped the templates inside your book, which is next after I finish my current pair of top down socks.

    And, Lucy, you wouldn’t scoff at heat and humidity if your fur frizzed up the minute you stepped outside. Unless big fur suits you.

  10. Having a ball doing the KAL on Rav for your toe ups. I have found in my limited personal experience, that the first couple of single socks I make, I am pretty clueless as to why I do anything once I get to the heel. By about sock 3 or 4 it clicks.
    My whole theory is just go totally mindlessly dumb and have BLIND FAITH. 8)
    At some point the brain catches up to the needles.

    Love the “Pink Blob”… Does sandvik have a translation? I look at it and call it fiona? No clue why.

  11. Ooh, a shawl with shoulder shaping? Very cool!
    .-= Hissy Stitch´s last blog ..Another look at that silk… =-.

  12. That’s a beautiful shawl pattern
    .-= Ida´s last blog ..The Power of Knitters =-.

  13. Sandvik is gorgeous…and not just because it’s PINK!! Lucy is so smart to stay in under the a/c vents. We must be “twins” because that’s my perspective of summer! LOL

  14. Sandvik: It’s a shawl, it’s a giant pink shower cap! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. You are very kind to provide such help.
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  16. Miss Lucy’s looking like a bit of a fashion model today! The shawl’s looking great, can’t wait to see it finished.
    .-= Genny´s last blog ..change of plans =-.

  17. Thanks so much for the template. I just started knitting socks toe-up from your direction and this helps tremendously. Runty says hi to Lucy too. Aporanee
    .-= Aporanee Schauer´s last blog ..FOs =-.

  18. Lucy just doesn’t understand the hate we have for frizzy hair, does she? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    .-= Megan S.´s last blog ..I’m Meeellllting!! =-.

  19. The close-up really shows off the shadings in the yarn. That is beautiful.
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  20. Thank you for the templates. My 10-year-old daughter wants me to make socks for her. Her foot is just enough smaller that subtracting a stitch or two here and there just wasn’t working for me.

  21. I am loving your pink blob! I especially love the way it seems to grab onto the shoulder and politely stays there! Bring on the pattern. I’m first (???) in line!

  22. You are my hero. I was trying to figure this out (number of gusset increases) today at work, but refused to actually use math, so I wasn’t getting too far.
    .-= Tee´s last blog ..Dome sweet dome =-.

  23. Oh, cool! Thanks for the charts. I haven’t done a pair of gusset toe up socks yet. Maybe I’ll have to try now.

    The shoulder shaping is very clever as well.
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  24. Thank you so very much for the chart! Love your work.
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  25. annalilly says:

    Thanks, Wendy! The Sock Templates will be so helpful. Also, I appreciated in your book the tip of subtracting 10% from foot measurement — now I know why some socks seem too roomy… Keep up the good work!