rainbow dreamboat socks feet crossed on table

Dreamboat Socks

In Fingering weight yarn, Good for gradients, Great for mini skeins, Patterns, Socks, Toe Up by Shannon

These toe-up socks are a dream to knit up, allowing you to showcase a rainbow or a dreamy colorful contrast. The German Short Row Heel is a dream to make and hugs your heel like woah. All in all, this whole project is a total dreamboat, from start to finish (especially if you settle in with a good show, cup of tea, and box of chocolate for the end-weaving party).


  • Finished Measurements: Extra-small (small, medium, large, extra-large): 7 (7.5, 8, 8.5, 9)“/18 (19, 20.5, 21.5, 23) cm foot circ. Leg length is measured from top of heel and is completely customizable. In the socks shown, the Rainbow Socks have a 6.25”/16 cm leg, and the 2-color socks have a 4.75”/12 cm leg.
  • Yarn: Approximately 225-500 yds/206-457 m total fingering-weight yarn. Approximately 150-300 yds/137-274 m mc and 75-200 yds/69-183 m contrasting colors (cc). For the rainbow socks shown in size M, I used Knitted Wit Sock in Spectrespecs (mc) & a Sixlet of Smarties in a rainbow. For a list of the rainbow colors, check out the next column. For the 2-color socks shown also in size M, I used Carbon (mc) and Shan-Nasty (cc).
  • Needles: US1/2.25mm needle for small-circumference knitting, or size needed to get gauge. I use a 32” circular for magic-loop knitting.
  • Notions: stitch markers, tapestry needle.
  • Gauge: 32 sts & 44 rounds = 4”/10 cm in stockinette stitch in the round, measured after blocking.