This knitting pattern took quite a while to get 2018 I sent the design idea to Interweave. The publisher was looking for sock designs for a new book.⁠ A lot of time has passed since then. Meanwhile, Interweave went bankrupt and Penguin Random House took over. At some point, the book project continued. Two years after the call for submission, the book is finally available. I am very happy to be part of 20 designers who have contributed to the book.⁠ ⁠This is my first knitting pattern published in a book!

In the knitting pattern "Churfirsten" I have taken the triangle theme to the tip - well, heel. Besides the triangle texture above the foot, I designed a triangular heel.⁠ ⁠ The socks are knitted from top down. The heel is knitted with short rows.⁠

The pattern provides charted and written instructions.

For the pattern, it is best to use solid, semi-solid or slightly speckled yarns.


About the book itself:

Operation Sock Drawer: The Guide to Building Your Stash of Hand-Knit Socks

Publisher: Interweave (October 20, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632506963
ISBN-13: 978-1632506962

Inspired by the gorgeous sock drawers of Susan B. Anderson, Jasmin and Gigi of The Knitmore Girls podcast started the hashtag #operationsockdrawer in an effort to knit a collection of socks just as photo-worthy. Tens of thousands of knitters have since joined the campaign to knit more pretty socks and the hashtag has grown to more than 200k tags on social media.

Think of Operation Sock Drawer as your sock knitting survival guide. In it you’ll find:

• 20 original designer sock patterns–more than enough to fill your first drawer.
• Great how-to information on knitting a variety of toe shapes, heel styles, options for comfortable ankles, and more!
• Darn it! Don’t toss old socks, repair them with simple darning techniques.
• Bonus information on knitting socks two at a time, how to make great yarn to pattern matches, and how to overcome second sock syndrome.
Grab your needles and a skein of yarn, and then join The Knitmore Girls on their mission to expand sock collections around the globe.

24.99 USD


Also available from:


Barnes & Noble



Penny Lane Yarns Foot Lane (75% superwash Merino, 25% polyamide; 465 yd 425 m/3½ oz 100 g)

• 1 skein in Ruby


Churfirsten is a collaboration with Penny Lane Yarns.


2.5 mm / US #1.5 circular needle (80 cm / 32” in length) or DPNs, or size to obtain gauge


32 sts x 48 rows = 10 cm / 4” in stocking stitch, after blocking


  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry needle



How to work the German twisted cast-on



  • knit and purl
  • increases and decreases

The pattern comes in written and charted instructions.


XS (S, M, L, XL)


Sock’s foot circumference: 6½ (7, 7 , 8, 8½)“ (16.5 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5 cm) to be worn with about 1” (2.5 cm) negative ease.



Kate Atherley

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