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Meet the Gladdening Socks

Here are links to find the Gladdening Socks on Payhip, Etsy, and Ravelry. Read more below to learn about the inspiration behind the socks and all the details that will help you decide whether they’re a good fit for your knitting needs.


Here’s where you’ll find the Gladdening Socks.


Here’s where you’ll find the Gladdening Socks.


Here’s where you’ll find the Gladdening Socks.

About the Gladdening Socks

gladden (v) – to make happy or glad

In 2021, I’m focusing my pattern designs on things that make me happy or that I wish for my fellow knitters. 2020 was a hard year, and so I am doing my best to put into the world the good things I want to see.

My sample socks are knit with a skein of yarn that I bought at Stitches West with my friend Beth in the Before Times. It’s wondrously soft yarn and brings back so many happy memories every time I touch it. That’s part of why I chose the name I did—because these socks gladden my heart every time I see them.

These socks feature columns of simple cables broken up by little groups of eyelets. The cables flow into each other like water in a shallow stream, rippling and undulating in the sunlight. Although the pattern looks complicated, it’s actually just a ten-stitch repeat that settles into a relaxing rhythm as you work. You’ll have these stitches memorized in no time.

I hope that these socks are a gladdening presence in your life, too.

Gladdening socks details and specs

Here’s where you’ll find all the information about the Gladdening Socks to help you decide what yarn and needles to use, which size to make, and whether this pattern is the right one for you,


S, M, L

Finished sock dimensions: 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm) circumference (Note: most people like their socks snug, so choose a finished sock size that is slightly smaller than your actual foot)


Fingering weight yarn, 300-380 yds (274-348 m)

Sample shown knit in Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 400 yds/115 g


4” (10 cm) square = 32 stitches x 40 rows in stockinette


One set of needles for your preferred style of small-circumference knitting in a size to match gauge listed above

Suggested needle size: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)


One stitch marker for beginning of round; optional additional markers between pattern repeats

Tapestry needle for weaving in ends



Techniques: cables, increases, decreases, knitting in the round, Kitchener stitch grafting


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