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Emerald City Socks

Emerald City Socks

Won’t you take me down to Emerald City, where the grass is green and the socks are pretty? Scroll down for the free pattern, and get the yarn here!

The Emerald City Socks hand knit socks by Bellish
Ball of yarn with artistically laid strand

These fingering weight socks, knitted toe-up are the perfect getaway project. Won’t you please knit them?

For this pattern we used the Koigu yarn KPPPM in Green. You can get the same yarn HERE!

Toe Cast On

For this pattern you will need to use either a set of 5 DPNs or a circular needle with a 32 inch / 80 cm cable. The 80 cm cable is necessary to work the Magic Loop method for knitting in the round.
Some knitters may prefer to use a set of 4 DPNs or a very short circular needle for their socks. This pattern will still work with these options, but please keep in mind that some references to needles and dividing stitches may need to be adjusted or disregarded.
DPN users will begin with three needles (you will cast on to two of these).

Cast On
Using either the Judy’s Magic Cast On or Turkish Cast on technique, cast on 24 stitches (12 on each needle) using US size 1 (2.5 mm) circular needles.

You can use the tail from your cast on to keep track of your rounds. If the tail is on the right, you are about to begin a new round. You can also put a locking stitch marker in this spot to use as a guide.
DPN users can add their additional needles as it feels comfortable while working the toe increases.

First Round
Knit one round.

Increase Round
k1, m1, knit to last stitch on needle, m1 k1. Rep for second needle. You have now increased 4 stitches, 2 on each needle.

Rep increase round once more.

Next Round
Knit one round.

Next Rounds
Continue knitting toe in stockinette stitch, working the increase round every second round, until you have 56 stitches total (28 on each circular needle, or 14 on each DPN).


You will now be knitting the foot section of your sock. This section will be knit as a straight tube until the gusset increases begin.

Half of your stitches will become the sole of the sock, and the other half will be the instep. Keeping the stitches divided over your needles will help you to keep track of this, but you can also place a locking stitch marker at the beginning and middle of the round if you would like.

Round 1
Knit one round in plain stockinette.

Round 2
Following the first row of the little fountain lace instructions, knit across half the stitches (one circular, or two DPNs). These stitches are now your instep. Knit across the remaining stitches in plain stockinette. This is the sole of your sock.

Next Rounds
Continue knitting, working the rest of the little fountain lace pattern on the instep and stockinette on the sole. Repeat as set until the sock

Little Fountain Lace

Row 1
[K1, yo, k3, yo] rep between brackets to end of round (do not count stitches this round)

Row 2

Row 3
K2, [sl1-k2tog-psso, k3] rep bet brackets to last st, k1

Row 4

Repeat as set until the sock measures 6 inches from the cast on edge, or is 2.5 inches from the end of your foot.

A good thing about knitting socks like this, is you can (carefully) try them on the check the length! Make sure your stitches are all safely on cable of your circular needle, or put the point protectors on your DPNs to prevent stitches falling off. When the sock is level with your ankle bone it is time to move onto the next section.

Gusset Heel

Round 1
Knit across instep stitches in pattern as set. Turn to the sole stitches. K1, m1, k to last stitch, m1, k1.

Round 2
Knit across instep stitches in pattern as set, K across sole stitches.

Rep rounds 1 and 2 until there are 52 stitches in the sole.

Next Round
Knit across instep in established pattern, turn to sole stitches.

You will now be putting these stitches aside while you work the heel on the sole of your sock. If you are using a circular needle, the instep stitches will sit on the cable while you knit flat back and forth on the needles. For DPNs, make sure you secure the instep stitches with point protectors or a stitch holder so they don’t fall off the needles.

Short Row 1 (RS)
K to 13 st before end of row, m1, sl1wyif, turn your work.

Short Row 2 (WS)
SM, bring your yarn to the front, and while pulling tightly sl1wyif so that the yarn is wrapped around the first stitch.

You have now worked your first w&t. Your wrapped stitches will wait at the end of the row while you are working the middle stitches. This is what builds up the shape of the heel.

Purl across the row to 12 st before the end of the row, m1, Sl1wyib.

Short Row 3 (RS)
Pull your yarn firmly to the back and sl1wyib; this is a WS w&t. Knit to the last stitch before the increase stitch from the previous RS row, m1, w&t.

Short Row 4 (WS)
Purl to the last stitch before the increase stitch from the previous WS row, m1, w&t.

Repeat row 3 and 4 until there are 12 st between the increases.

Next Round
After finishing the last WS w&t, knit to end of sole stitches. Picking up the wrapped stitches as you come to them as follows: When you look closely, you should see the wrapped stitch around the legs of the stitch sitting on the needle. From the back, scoop up the back of the wrap and pull it back onto the needle. K2tog-tbl, keeping the stitch tight.

Next Round
Knit across instep in established pattern. Knit across sole stitches to 18 stitches before the end of the row, picking up the remaining wraps as you go. Some knitters find that picking up wraps leaves unsightly holes in their knitting, especially wraps like these that were originally made on the WS. You can avoid this by adding a twisted stitch while picking up wraps:

K to one stitch before your first wrap, sl1 onto a cable needle and hold to the front. Pick up the wrap as normal, then sl the stitch off the cable needle and back onto your left needle to continue knitting.

SSK, place a stitch marker, then turn your work.

Heel Flap Row 1 (WS)
SL1, p to 17 st before the end of the row. P2tog, PM.

Heel Flap Row 2 (RS)
SL1, [k1, sl1] to last stitch before the marker. SSK the last stitch before the marker, with the first stitch after. SM one stitch to the left as you do this.

Repeat Heel Flap Rows 1 and 2 until there are 28 stitches left in the heel, slipping the markers to the left after each decrease (the markers should sit next to the decrease stitch). Finish after a RS row. Remove markers when you reach ends of row.


Round 1
Knit one round, working the established pattern across the instep stitches. Continue in little fountain lace pattern across the heel stitches.

Next Rounds
Continue in established pattern until the sock leg measures 4.5 inches from the top of the heel.

Picot Edge

Next Rounds
Knit in plain stockinette for 5 rounds.

Eyelet Round
YO, k2tog to the end of the round.

Next Rounds

Knit in plain stockinette for 4 rounds.

Bind off very loosely. When cutting your yarn, leave an extra long tail to sew down the Picot Edge.

If your cast off is too tight, try going up a needle size for the cast off. You can also use "Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off" to create a more stretchy cuff edge.

Picot Edge Finishing
Fold down the edge of your sock along the eyelet row towards the inside of the sock, so that the wrong sides of the cuff are facing each other.

With the tail of your yarn carefully whip stitch the cast on edge onto the first stockinette row of the cuff. Make sure you are not pulling your stitches too tightly, as this will make your sock edge less stretchy and harder to pull onto your foot. The tail of your yarn can be woven into the folded edge.

Repeat pattern for second sock. Sew in ends, wash and block. Using a sock blocker will give you an extra neat finish, and is definitely worth it if you are gifting your socks. If you don’t have access to actual sock blockers, make your own by bending a wire coat hanger into the same shape.


weight |
4 ply

Main Color:

219 meters / 240 yards


36 stitches and 52 rows in over 4 in / 10 cm with 1 US / 2.5 mm needles


Circular 1 US / 2.5 mm

Circular 0 US / 2 mm


Stitch markers

Darning needle to weave in ends

Cable needle (optional)


This pattern is knit to fit an adult woman. If you would like to knit a different size, or to change anything else about the pattern, download Bellish for free to customize your own socks.

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Base illustration showing measurements

Sock Circumference:

6.25 in / 16.5 cm

Sock Height: 

4.5 in / 11.5 cm

Sock Length: 

8.5 in / 21.5 cm

BET: Between

BOR: Beginning of round

DPNs: Double Pointed Needles

K: Knit

K2TOG: Knit two stitches together (decrease 1 stitch)

K2TOG-TBL: Knit two together through the back loop

M: Marker/s

M1: Make 1 (increase 1 stitch)

P: Purl

P2TOG: Purl two together

P2TOG-TBL: Purl two together through the back loop

PM: Place Marker

REP: Repeat

RS: Right side

SL: Slip

SL1: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL1-K2TOG-PSSO: Slip 1 st purlwise, k2tog, then pass the slipped st over the k2tog (2 st dec)

SL1WYIB: Slip the next st purlwise to the right needle (without working it), with working yarn held to back

SL1WYIF: Slip one with yarn in front

SM: Slip marker

SSK: Slip, slip knit together (decrease 1 stitch)

W&T: Wrap and Turn

WS: Wrong side

YO: Wrap yarn around the needle to create an extra stitch (it will leave an intentional hole)

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Toe-Up Socks
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Cuff Picot Edge

Heel Gusset

Height Mid

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Little Fountain Lace
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7 in / 18 cm
The Emerald City Socks by Bellish socks illustration