Transition Socks Recipe

Transition Socks Recipe

Published by Michelle on 16th Mar 2018

I think it’s pretty fair to say that mini skeins are just so hot right now : ) Colour pops, cuffs, heels & toes, shawl edges … so many uses for pretties!  I love a gradient or striped sock so I thought I’d put together very basic instructions to use the five 20g mini skeins in our new Little Lovelies sets or any other five sock suitable minis you might have.

There are two options: One skein for cuffs, heels and toes and then four to graduate through the sock or five skeins graduated through the sock. 


Option 1: Single Colour Cuffs, Heels & Toes

  1. 1. Measure how long the sock will be from after the cuff to where you will start your toe shaping – leg + instep + foot.  My socks (shown) are 13 inches from end of cuff to start of toe.
  2. 2. Deduct an inch for each transition.  There are three as there are four colours.  For me, this leaves 10 inches. 
  3. 3. Divide the number by 4 to get your Colour Block length – based on 10 inches divided by 4, this gave me colour blocks of 2.5 inches.

I wear a UK 7 (Euro 39/40) & like to knit an 8 inch leg (1 inch of cuff, 7 of leg).

Option 1 Sock

Inset your own numbers into the sock pattern you are using.  The pattern used is Simply the Simplest Sock (each Little Lovelies pack comes with a free one and for St. Patrick's Day 2018, it's also free to download on Ravelry on the 17th of March) although this should work on a sock with a standard heel flap. 


Cast on in Cuff Colour and complete the cuff.  For 20g, an inch of cuff for each socks is the best use of the yarn.

Start leg and knit Colour Block Length in C1.  Work Transition 1

Transition 1

Round 1: C2

Round 2, 3 & 4: C1

Round 5 & 6: C2

Round 7 & 8: C1

Round 9, 10 & 11: C2

Round 12: C1

Continue in C2 for Colour Block Length.  Work Transition 2

Transition 2

Round 1: C3

Round 2, 3 & 4: C2

Round 5 & 6: C3

Round 7 & 8: C2

Round 9, 10 & 11: C3

Round 12: C2

Continue in C3 until the leg was the length used in the measurement (don’t include the cuff as it wasn’t included originally)

Work the heel flap and turn in the Cuff Colour.  Heel flap and turn in the Cuff Colour.

 Transition 2

Continue in C3 to complete your Colour Block Length.  Work Transition 3

Transition 3

Round 1: C4

Round 2, 3 & 4: C3

Round 5 & 6: C4

Round 7 & 8: C3

Round 9, 10 & 11: C4

Round 12: C3

Continue in C4 for Colour Block Length.  Then work the Toe in Cuff Colour.

Option 2: All 5 colours in transition

  1. 1. Measure how long the sock will be from after the cuff to where you will start your toe shaping – point your toe and measure down the instep – then add the length required for the cuff, heel flap & toe – this will vary depending on your pattern and shoe size – if you don’t have a sock already, use the gauge on your pattern
  2. 2. Deduct an inch for each transition (there will be four in this, between the 5 colours). 
  3. 3. Divide your number by 5 to get your Colour Block length, This is the length to knit in each colour before the transition

Then follow the above, working the cuff, heel and toe as part of the transitions.  There will be four transitions rather than three. 

And that’s it!  Please message me (FB, Insta, email) if you have any questions about the above – it’s more of a recipe than a pattern and does assume you have knit socks before.

Happy sock knitting!


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