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New Pattern Release: Baluster Socks

The Baluster Socks were originally published in Knotions Magazine back in the fall of 2022. They’re now available with two additional sizes, new photos, and an LVA version. Below, you’ll find links to purchase the pattern, an easy shopping list, project specs, and more.

A top-down photo of a pair of pink, handknit socks laid flat on a white marble countertop. The socks are crossed at the foot and feature an all-over eyelet pattern. They're surrounded by antique paper ephemera, white roses, old books, and a teacup full of tea.


Here’s where you’ll find the Baluster Socks on Etsy.


Here’s where you’ll find the Baluster Socks on Ravelry.

About the Baluster Socks

The baluster on a staircase is the vertical post linking the handrail to the stairs themselves. Many balusters together help support the railing. While the spiral of the design on these socks reminds me of a spiral staircase, each individual column also reminds me of a decorative baluster. They work together to support the sock and keep our feet cozy.

These socks are knit from the top down with a ribbed cuff, heel flap and gusset, and wedge toe. They are graded to three sizes for a wider range of fit. The ribbing that runs the length of the sock helps keep them snug and supportive.

A close-up of the foot of a pink handknit sock with an all-over eyelet texture. This shows the eyelets in detail, including how they're staggered with ribbing between them and clustered into pairs with three stitches in each half of the pair.

Easy Shopping List

In case you want to knit this pair of socks using the exact materials I did, here is a shopping list with easy links for you. Some of these are affiliate links, which means if you choose to buy something through those links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I will always identify affiliate links for you. Thanks for supporting my work!

Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock

Chiaogoo US Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) short circular needles (affiliate link)

The DPNs I’ve used since 2009 (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (budget option) (affiliate link)

Stitch markers (many fancy options) (affiliate link)

A close-up detail shot of the toe of a pair of pink handknit socks. The Baluster Socks have wedge toes on all five sizes. In this image, they're surrounded by antique paper ephemera and white roses.

Baluster Socks Details and Specs


1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Finished sock dimensions: 6.25” (16 cm), 7.5” (19 cm), 8.75” (22 cm), 10” (25.5 cm), 11.25” (28.5 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, 280-440 yds (256-403 m)

Sample shown knit in Magpie Fibers Swanky Sock, 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon, 400 yds (366 m) per 4 oz (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: decreases, knitting in the round, stockinette grafting

A detail shot of a pair of pink handknit socks showing the heel construction of the sock. The Baluster Socks feature a heel flap and gusset. The stitches of the heel are slipped for added cushioning and durability.

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