Modern Rainbow Socks No. 1

Knitty McPurly

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Modern Rainbow Socks No. 1
Modern Rainbow Socks No. 1
Modern Rainbow Socks No. 1
Modern Rainbow Socks No. 1

Please note that this listing is for a PDF knitting pattern only, and not the finished garment or kit.

The Modern Rainbow Socks No. 1 were born out of a love of COLOR! I have seen so many rainbows out there on the Internet that don’t use traditional rainbow colors, and I just think they are so beautiful. Use a Knitty McPurly Sock Kit or even scraps of your favorite sock yarn from your stash!

In this pattern, directions are given for an afterthought heel to get the perfect heel placement. You will knit the sock as a tube with a toe, and then go back and place the heel at the end. A detailed photo tutorial and video links are provided.


Knitty McPurly Frankfurt Fingering (75% Merino/25% Nylon)

or 20g of six colors from your stash (10 g per sock)

Color A: Leonard Blush (pink)

Color B: Plated (silver)

Color C: Ember (orange)

Color D: Bisque (yellow)

Color E: Sapient (green)

Color F: Victoria (purple)

US #1/2.25 mm needle(s) or size required to get gauge

2 Lockable stitch markers

Tapestry needle


Size: Adult Medium

For Foot Circumference: 8.5-9” / 21.5-23 cm

Finished Sock Circumference: 7.75” / 20 cm

This pattern is written to have the sts evenly divided on two needles. For this you could use Magic Loop, two 24-inch circulars, or, my personal favorite, three 16-inch circulars.

Knitting with three 16-inch circulars is accomplished very simply by holding half the sts on each of two needles and working the sts with the third needle; it’s similar to using DPNs with the benefit of the flexible cord. (Also, this method allows you to very easily try on your sock at any point in the process!)

If you prefer DPNs, I recommend keeping 32 sts on one DPN (Needle 1) and dividing the other 32 evenly with 16 on each of two DPNs for the back of the sock (Needle 2).



33 sts/48 rows = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch

Adjust needle size to obtain correct gauge.


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