EZ's Moccasin Socks with Twisted-Stitch Motifs


Designed by Meg Swansen

The incentive for this Elizabeth Zimmermann design was to obviate constant sock-mending.  When you strengthen the toes and heels of socks, the wearer often bores holes just before or after the strengthening.  EZ wrote a very nice chapter on this subject for the month of November in Knitter's Almanac. 

Since the instep is usually free of holes, it is worked to the toe, then stitches are knitted up around the instep.  The bottom of the foot is a separate entity, which one can reinforce if desired.  When one is tired of mending, half a stitch is snipped, the round is unpicked, and the bottom of the sock falls off to be reknitted without disturbing the instep.

The only change made to EZ's original construction is to knit the leg in the round, rather than with a seam up the back. 

Colorway shown:  Pining 4 Ewe


  • 1 (2) skeins BMFA Socks that Rock® lightweight
  • US size 2 (2.75mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • US size 1 (2.25mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
  • Small amount of smooth waste yarn or small stitch holder
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge:  32 sts and 48 rows = 4" (10cm) over Stockinette stitch on smaller needles 
Cable C (panel of 18sts) measures 1½" wide on larger needles

Sizes:  women's small (medium)

Finished Measurements:
7¼ (8½)" [18.5 (21.5)cm] foot circumference
6" (15cm) leg length

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