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Oolong Socks

Oolong Socks

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This tea inspired knitting pattern for socks were inspired by leaves that make up the oolong teas frequently grown in Taiwan. In the spring, I love a glass of tea with a whipped and savory cream cheese topping and boba pearls on a beautiful day. In the winter, I love a warming, unctuous cup of hot oolong tea.

These socks were originally designed in 2021 and eventually they became the Effervescent Pullover. I hope you’ll enjoy the sock iteration, inspired by oolong leaves in the lace motif. Its adorable and engaging leafy lace panel and the frothy mohair ruffle are sure to please.

This pattern is knit top down, starting with the cuff with half-twisted rib. A lace panel is worked symmetrically for each sock down the entirety of the sock, with a classic eye of the partridge heel flap and gusset construction and a wedge toe.

This pattern is part of the Boba Collection.

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    Pattern Details

    Size Selection

    A (B, C) with the finished foot circumference of 7 (8, 9)” / 18 (20.5, 23) cm. Foot  and leg length adjustable. 

    Sample shown in Size A. 

    Yarn Selection & Yardage

    For the sock: 225 (300, 400) yards / 205 (274, 366) meters of fingering weight sock yarn

    Sample in Wandering Flock’s Baby Paca base (50% Superwash Merino Wool, Extra Fine, 30% Baby Alpaca, 20% Nylon / sport weight / 400 yds / 365 m / 100g) in the colorway “Pistachio Cream”

    For the optional ruffle: 50 (60, 65) yards / 45 (55, 60) meters of lace-weight fluffy yarn such as mohair silk or alpaca suri. 

    Ruffle shown in Wandering Flock’s Mohair Silk base (72% kid mohair 28% silk / lace weight / 459 yds / 419 m / 50 g) in the colorway “Pistachio Cream.”

    Gauge & Recommended Needles


    32 stitches and 40 rounds = 4×4” / 10×10 cm, stockinette stitch knit in the round, knit with Needle A, blocked.




    Size US1 / 2.25 mm needles for knitting in the round for small circumference, (ie. small circulars, DPN’s, or magic loop). 

    If using small circulars, DPN’s or long circulars for magic loop in the same size will be required for the heel flap and the toe


    Size US3 / 3.25 mm needles for knitting in the round for small circumference, (ie. small circulars, DPN’s, or magic loop). 

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    Skills Required

    • Heel flap and gusset construction.
    • Working in small circumferences using DPN, magic loop, or other method.
    • Working increases and/or decreases at given intervals.
    • Picking up and knitting from an edge or middle of work.
    • Grafting with a tapestry needle (sometimes known as "Kitchener stitch").
    • Knitting lace with decreases and yarnovers in repeats, from a written or charted pattern.

    Accessibility and Pattern Formats

    • Large format pattern file included, with 22 pt font, black text on white background, and no italic formatting text.
    • All images in large format pattern have alt text.
    • All charts have written alternative.
    • Header structure for screen readers is tagged in the large format pattern only.

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    Pattern Credits

    • Tech Edit: Heather Storta
    • Sites Support: Symphony Chau