The Scots word for a kingfisher, Killieleepie is a fun sock pattern with slipped stitch cables creating a gentle rippling pattern up the side of the foot. Knit from the toe up with a gusset and heel flap and flexible length fitting on the foot and the leg, these socks are a great knit for everyone!

The pattern is fully written with charts for the cables and has been tech-edited and test knitted. There’s a screenshot of the knitting pattern, and a list of the stitches used at the bottom of the photos. You will also need to know how to do a double sided cast-on like Judy’s Magic Cast-On and a stretchy bind-off like Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. A photo-tutorial for cables without a cable needle is included.

The yarn I used has been discontinued but I have alternate suggestions in my Kingfisher blog post.

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Pattern Details


  • 360m (400 yds) of Stranded Dyeworks BFL Nylon Fingering (80% Superwash Bluefaced Leicester, 20% Nylon, 400 yds/100g) in Industrial Kingfisher
  • 2.5 mm (US 1.5) circular needles, 80 cm (32”) or longer or DPNs/prefered method for knitting in the round or size needed to get gauge
  • 3 stitch markers (per sock)
  • Yarn needle for sewing in ends
  • Sock blockers (optional)


32 stitches and 44 rows in 10 cm (4”) in stocking stitch in the round.

Finished Size

Small: 17.5 cm (7”) circumference
Medium: 20 cm (8”) circumference
Large: 22.5 cm (9”) circumference
Extra Large: 25 cm (10”) circumference

The socks are designed to be worn with up to 0 - 2.5 cm (0 - 1”) of negative ease.

Want to see Killieleepie in other colours and sizes? Check out my testers projects!

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