Karo Socken


karo socken socks

Toe-up socks with a short-row heel. Karo Socken pairs a self-striping or variegated yarn with a solid-colored yarn to show off your colors while adding shape and structure. The pattern repeat is reversible, so those familiar with basic sock architecture can easily knit the pattern top-down or toe-up.

Karo means square in German, or diamond as in the suit of cards. Socken, of course, means socks.

This pattern was inspired by a photo by montillon.

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Difficulty: Beginner

Size: US women’s size 8


  • 1 skein (~200 yds) solid-colored fingering weight sock yarn
  • 1 skein (~200 yds) self-striping fingering weight sock yarn
  • US 1.5 (2.5 mm) circular or double-pointed needles
  • Size E crochet hook
  • Waste yarn

Techniques used: Slipped stitches, short rows