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Meet Coldwater - a simple ankle sock design worked cuff down, with an easy broken rib texture pattern through the entire sock. Instructions for a short row heel are included, although you could substitute your favorite heel method. The toe is worked in 2x2 rib to match the toe, which is my favorite part!

Coldwater features our super sparkly Stardust sock base. Required yardage will vary depending on your gauge and length of leg and foot, but one 100-gram skein of yarn should be plenty no matter the size! The pattern is written for working with 9” circular needles, but could easily be converted if you prefer magic loop or DPNs.


  • Beginner/Intermediate level

  • Written in English and US terms

  • Skills to know: German twisted cast on, work in the round, knit, purl, German short rows/short row heel, decrease, Kitchener stitch

  • You’ll need: US size 1 (2.25mm) knitting needles (or size needed to obtain gauge) 9” circulars, DPNs or longer cable for magic loop, stitch markers, and a tapestry needle. Sock blockers and/or mats are helpful but not necessary for blocking

  • One 100-gram skein of fingering weight sock yarn; check out others’ projects for more yarn/fiber/color inspiration!

You’ll receive one PDF file containing:

  • Complete written instructions on how to knit Coldwater in 4 different sizes (6 total pages)

  • Links to helpful tutorials

Notes on sizing:

This pattern is written for 4 sizes, ranging from 6.25-9 in/16-23 cm finished sock foot circumference. It is recommended to choose a size that gives about 1-2 in/2.5-5 cm negative ease for a snug but comfortable fit. The sample size 2 (7 in/18 cm) is shown on an 8.5 in/21.5 cm foot. NOTE: Some testers found they were unable to get the 36-st gauge even when going down in needle size, so if you prefer or are able to get a 32-st gauge and would normally work size 2-4, you can work one size smaller to achieve a very similar fit. Let me know if you have any questions about sizing!

Pattern gauge:

4”/10 cm = 36 sts/68 rounds (relaxed) in alternating k2, p2 texture pattern

Using US size 1 (2.25mm) needles, worked in the round.

Note: All measurements are approximate and taken after blocking. Inches are rounded to the nearest 0.25 in and centimeters to the nearest 0.5 cm.


Please Note: This is a digital (PDF) file, NOT a finished, physical product or supply. No refunds will be given on digital products due to their nature. You will receive a link to your digital file within 24 hours. If you do not receive the pattern file, please contact me and we'll get it straightened out.

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Happy Knitting!



**Coldwater is property of Courtney Little (Ivy & Autumn). Copyright © 2020. This pattern is for personal use only, and you may not redistribute, sell, or share this pattern in part or in whole, physically or electronically. You may, however, sell finished items you make using this pattern (in small quantities, with written consent via email from Courtney Little of Ivy & Autumn), and credit must be given for the design. A link back to this pattern is also greatly appreciated if selling online. You may not use any of the pattern or product photos for your own resale or commercial purposes.**