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Sylcan (Digital Knitting Pattern)

Sylcan (Digital Knitting Pattern)

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Sometimes a simple texture is all you need for a great sock. Sylcan is a beginner-friendly sock pattern that is a great way to leap a basic vanilla sock to something with a tad more pep, without getting overwhelmed or lost in the flow of the pattern. Sylcan also makes for a great potato chippy knit for more intermediate sock knitters, perfect for lounging around the poor in summer, watching your favourite TV show, or while at a sporting event. 

Note: This is a digital knitting pattern for you to download and print at home. No physical pattern will be shipped.

Worked in the round, this sock pattern contains both cuff-down and toe-up written directions and a chart for the pattern stitch. The pattern has directions for a peasant heel (afterthought heel using scrap yarn), but you may substitute whatever heel you enjoy using (links included for alternatives).


The pattern is written for the magic loop method for knitting socks; however, the design could be worked on double-pointed needles or mini-circulars instead should you prefer (ensure you denote your instep stitches with extra markers – so you don’t miss the placement of the heel or toe shaping).


This sock pattern shines well with self-striping, solid, semi-solid, lightly variegated, or speckled yarns. Picking an appropriate yarn for this project will ensure the yarn and the pattern are not in competition with one another, rather they're working together to create something magical.






(Measured around the ball of the foot)
6 [6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11]” / 15 [16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24.5, 25.5, 27, 28] cm circumference — choose a size that will give you 1-1.5” / 2.5-4 cm of negative ease. The finished measurements do not factor in negative ease, these are the actual measurements for the finished item. 



US1 (2.25 mm) 32-40” (82-102 cm) circular needles, or the size required to obtain gauge



Tapestry needle, scrap yarn, stitch markers (1)



MC: 300-500 yds / 274-458 m of fingering weight yarn (depending on the length of your foot and leg)
CC: 44 [52, 60, 68, 77, 86, 96, 106, 116, 127, 138] yds / 40 [48, 55, 62, 70, 79, 88, 97, 106, 116, 126] m of fingering weight yarn



Turtlepurl Yarns – Striped Turtle Toes
75% SW Merino 25% Nylon
450 yds (411 m) / 3.5 oz (100 g)
Colour: Bird of a Feather



32 stitches by 40 rounds in stockinette = 4” / 10 cm, after blocking. Gauge is crucial in obtaining the correct fit. Changes in gauge will result in a size difference for your finished socks.



For pattern support for this design, please email



A low-visibility and a screen-reader-accessible version of this pattern are available. The low-visibility format is 24pt print in Arial, black font, no italics, and contains written directions (there are no charts to work from). The screen reader format has all the items mentioned above, contains no abbreviations and the read-aloud function checked accessibility using the read-aloud function checked accessibility on both a Windows PC and Android device.

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