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Starling is a basic vanilla shortie sock worked cuff to toe. It features a short row heel, along with an option contrasting color cuff and toe.


  • 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, increase, decrease, Kitchener stitch

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

  • Required yardage will vary depending on your gauge and desired length of leg and foot, but one 100-gram skein of yarn should be plenty for one pair. One 20-gram mini skein will be plenty for the contrasting color cuff/toe. The pattern is written for working with 9” circular needles, but could be worked with DPNs or magic loop if you prefer.

You’ll receive one PDF file containing:

  • Complete written instructions on how to knit Starling in 4 different sizes (7 total pages, including the cover page)

  • Links to helpful tutorials

Notes on sizing:

This pattern is written for 4 sizes, ranging from 6-9 in/15.5-23 cm finished sock foot circumference. It is recommended to choose a size that gives about .5-1 in/1.5-2.5 cm negative ease for a snug but comfortable fit. The sample size 2 shows approx. 1 in/2.5 cm negative ease. Let me know if you have any questions about sizing!

Pattern gauge:

4”/10 cm = 32 sts/34 rounds in stockinette st

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.


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**Starling is property of Courtney Little (Ivy & Autumn). Copyright © 2022. 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.**