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Willowbug MKAL :: sock knitting pattern
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Willowbug MKAL


Willowbug MKAL are a pair of toe-up socks that combine the beauty of nature with the intricate details of lace, twisted stitches, and cables.

Inspired by the lush undergrowth of the forest floor, this pattern evokes blades of grass swaying in the breeze. The lace pattern is like dappled sunlight filtering through leaves. As you work your way up the leg, twisted stitches become more prominent like vines creeping up a tree trunk. Intricate twists and turns of cables mimic the branches of a majestic tree. Each step of the pattern unlocks a new element, leading you on a journey through the forest and towards a beautiful pair of socks.

Willowbug MKAL is available in three sizes with adjustable foot and leg length. The design is chart-heavy but written instructions are also provided for all stitch patterns. Right and left socks are mirror images of each other and can be worked two at a time.

The pattern is written with both metric and US terminology.

Willowbug MKAL was originally released as a 5-part mystery knitalong in May 2023.


  • S [M, L]

  • To fit shoe size approx. EU 39/40 [41/42, 43/44] / US 7–8 [8½–9½, 10–11]

  • Foot circumference: approx. 20.5 [22, 23] cm / 8¼ [8¾, 9¼]"

  • Foot length: approx. 23.5 [24, 26.5] cm / 9¼ [9½, 10½]" or adjustable within pattern

  • Leg length from top of heel flap: approx. 14.5 [14.5, 16.5] cm / 5¾ [5¾, 6½]" or adjustable within pattern

Choose a size with approx. 10% of negative ease in circumference.



  • Fingering-weight yarn, approx. 335 [365, 425] m / 365 [400, 465] yd


  • 31 sts × 47 rnds = 10 cm / 4"


  • 2.5 mm / US #1½

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