Outlander Argyle Sock


Jamie Fraser, in the Outlander series, knit socks. It’s a safe bet that lots of sock knitting was happening in 18th century Scotland. When I saw the Outlander yarn from Bijou Basin Ranch, I knew that this yarn needed to be made into Argyle socks.

Outlander is a traditional Argyle sock pattern, which is knit flat over the intarsia portions, as characters in the Outlander series would have knit them. Straight needles are recommended, to help keep your yarn supplies tangle-free.

Yarn: Bijou Spun by Bijou Basin Ranch Lhasa Wilderness
Yarn Weight: Sport (12 wpi)
Gauge: 24 stitches and 40 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch, see notes
Needle Size: US 3 – 3.25 mm
Yardage: 400 – 420 yards (366 – 384 m)
Sizes:  small and medium


Two pairs of socks were knit from the 4 skeins of yarn, by reversing colors on the second pair, and changing color for the toes when running out of the main color. This is exactly what Outlander knitters would do; use the colors you have, creatively.

Sizing can be adjusted by changing gauge. Both pair shown are knit in the smaller size. The light brown pair is knit with size 3US needle, so it is shorter. The dark brown pair is knit with size 4US needle, and the leg looks longer. Both pairs have the same stitch and row count, and both are modeled on a foot that wears shoe size of 7.5.

24 sts and 40 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st using smaller needles;
23 sts and 28 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st using larger needles.

This is a very versatile pattern. Have fun with color and make it your own.


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