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Burn, Michael, Burn(ham)

If you've been following my blog and Instagram for a while, you know I'm a big scifi nerd, especially Star Trek. I've joined a mystery KAL just because the sock pattern was named after Captain Picard's favorite drink. It should come as no surprise then that when the new TV series was announced, I couldn't wait for it to start!

Star Trek: Discovery has been... different... but that doesn't mean I'm not completely hooked. The last few episodes have been blowing my mind! I fell in love with the series so much I wanted to combine it with another great passion in my life: knitting.

I'm planning a whole collection of sock patterns around Star Trek: Discovery, and to kick things off, here's the first pattern in the collection: Burnham.


Specialist Burnham has certainly had a life and career full of twists and turns so of course her pair of socks had to include a design element to represent that: twisted and traveling stitches.


At the sides of the foot there are tiny cables that grow and transform into the gusset increases, creating striking triangles on both sides of the foot. The heel flap is worked in twisted stitches that flow seamlessly into the leg pattern.

There are two options for gusset placement so that you can adjust the foot length to match your measurements. And of course you can make the leg as short or as long as you want.

Right and left socks can be worked identically or — if you're from the Mirror Universe — as mirror images of each other. All stitch patterns have both charted and row-by-row written instructions.

The pattern for Burnham is now available on Payhip, LoveCrafts, and Ravelry (seizure warning). Share your interstellar adventures on Instagram with the hashtags #burnhamsocks, #socktrekdiscovery, and #talviknits.

The cast of Star Trek: Discovery

photo © CBS

I've got a few ideas for the next patterns in the collection but I want to hear from you! Now that Specialist Burnham has got her pair, who should be next in the collection? Whose socks do you want to see when Season 2 returns? Vote for your favorite Star Trek: Discovery character!


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Burnham is a knitting pattern for fingering weight toe up socks inspired by the main character in Star Trek: Discovery, Michael Burnham. The socks are knitted from the toe up in the round in twisted and traveling stitches. Tiny cables running at the edges of the foot transform into gussets, creating striking right triangles on both sides of the foot. A heel flap worked in twisted stitches flows seamlessly into the leg pattern. #knitting #knit #knittingpatterns #socks #talviknits

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Susanna Winter is a knitwear designer, creating timeless and elegant pieces with clean lines. She has been knitting for over 20 years, knit blogging since 2007, and designing knitting patterns professionally since 2016.

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